Legislation work mind-boggling

By David Irvin While state legislators battle over the many thousands of bills scheduled to be introduced in the 47th Legislature, those with an active interest in the outcome of the discussions are often left in the dark. The number of bills passing through both houses each day is mind-boggling, officials say. And those peering […]

Rams will always mean Los Angeles

By Jim Lee We’re halfway through another NFL season already. It seems like only a week or so since the first of the preseason games, wondering which team would win a Super Bowl appearance or claim first place in felony convictions. Time sure goes by quickly when we’re having fun. My wife and I enjoy […]

Nursing home tax gets mixed reviews

David Arkin A House committee’s move on Sunday that one local lawmaker called “an example of the worst kind of government” could implement an $8.82 fee per occupied bed in nursing homes across New Mexico. The move is projected to raise about $22.5 million in state money. Because of the money the state would raise […]

Analysis: Lawmakers feeling the pressure

David Arkin Lawmakers last week crossed into the second half of their short legislative session — one that’s supposed to be focused on budget matters — with little accomplished. Hundreds and hundreds of bills still face lawmakers and special committees. There’s no doubt lawmakers are starting to feel the pressure of the shortened session, which […]

Stipulation in bill could cost county $100,000

By Mike Linn A minor stipulation in a bill that unanimously cleared the legislative process may cost Roosevelt County a hardy chunk of cash. House Bill 229, drafted to increase cash allocations to small counties in the state, requires that counties with a property value over $200 million must have three general gross receipts taxes […]