SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers who want tax hikes as part of a plan to fill a $650 million budget gap suffered a setback Sunday when a Senate committee ruled such increases can’t be considered during the special legislative session. The Committees’ Committee ruled tax increases must be left out of the [...]
By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the Legislative Finance Committee meeting in Clovis this week, local officials hope that updates on the local uses of government appropriations will encourage the Legislature to earmark more money for the area. The Clovis Civic Center will host the three-day meeting, which begins with an 8:30 a.m. Wednesday [...]
Campaign reform, keeping capital outlay money in their districts and clamping the lid down on taxes are just some of the many accomplishments local lawmakers cite during the grueling 60-day marathon otherwise known as the 2009 New Mexico Legislature. The legislative session isn’t exactly history yet — Gov. Bill Richardson is promising a special session [...]
Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s [...]
By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol.
The New Mexico Legislature set the tuition fees to be charged by New Mexico colleges for the first time ever with the General Appropriations Act. Eastern New Mexico University’s tuition was raised $10 to $120 per year.
By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican While the Legislature routinely rejects Republican efforts to require New Mexico voters to show identification when casting ballots, a newly-released non-partisan poll indicates voters would approve the idea by a landslide. The poll was conducted in November by Research & Polling Inc., an Albuquerque firm, as part of a [...]
The Santa Fe New Mexican Sen. Sanchez meets the press: Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, on Wednesday unexpectedly dropped in the Capitol Media Room to give an impromptu, informal press conference. Sanchez said he believes there’s a very good chance that serious ethics legislation will pass the Legislature this year. The mounting number of [...]
By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give [...]
Santa Fe New Mexico staff Days remaining in session: 51 A swarm of lobbyists More than 500 lobbyists have registered with the Secretary of State’s Office this session, with another 500 expected. There also are 600 organizations represented by lobbyists. That’s a ratio of 4.46 lobbyists to each of the 112 lawmakers. It’s also a [...]