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Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

Commentary: New Mexico needs new ideas for job growth

By Fred Nathan, executive director of Think New Mexico Prompted by a large decline in federal spending, New Mexicans are now engaged in a healthy and useful dialogue about how best to diversify our economy. Think New Mexico would like to offer two ideas that we believe could propel private sector job growth in our state – and that gubernatorial and legislative candidates from both parties should be able to embrace. Both ideas were advanced in Think New … Read entire article »

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Projection: $285 million in new revenue for state next year

Projection: $285 million in new revenue for state next year

A joint projection by the Susana Martinez administration and the Legislative Finance Committee projected there would be $285 million in new revenue for the next state budget. The AP reported the findings were released at a LFC meeting in Las Vegas on Monday. The reason for the increase in revenues? It is the usual with New Mexico — oil and gas revenue. Economic growth — particularly from strong oil production — is expected to boost total revenue collections … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget, Featured

Momentum swinging towards opening primaries to independents

Momentum swinging towards opening primaries to independents

It looks like there is a decent-sized chance that independents will be allowed to vote in primary elections soon. Currently, only a registered Democrat or Republican can vote in their own party’s primary elections, leaving declined-to-state voters without a say in primaries, some of which effectively decide an elected position because there is no candidate from another party in the race. In recent years, more and more voters have been registering as declined-to-state, or more commonly known … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Elections, Featured, Roundhouse

Martinez ad hits King on vote to raise taxes

Martinez ad hits King on vote to raise taxes

Susana Martinez is back with a new campaign ad, this one that goes negative on Gary King. Negative ads against King have mostly been relegated to being paid for by the Republican Governor’s Association. This one comes from Susana Martinez’s coffers, however, and digs up votes from King’s time in the House. The ad says that King Voted for the “largest tax increase in history.” As Steve Terrell at the Santa Fe New Mexican wrote, “Not the history … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured, New Mexico House

Some Democrats want special session on Tesla, governor calls it a stunt

Some Democrats want special session on Tesla, governor calls it a stunt

Democrats have been calling for a special session to consider incentives to encourage Tesla to build a battery factory in New Mexico. Tesla named New Mexico as one of four states that were finalists for what they call a “gigafactory,” though California was later added to the list of Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. The company plans to build the world’s largest battery factory in one of these states. State Senator Tim Keller, D-Albuquerque, has been … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Roundhouse

Youngblood makes Washington Post’s ’40 Under 40′ list

Youngblood makes Washington Post’s ’40 Under 40′ list

State Rep. Monica Youngblood, R-Albuquerque, got a place on the Washington Post’s 40 Under 40 list. The list focused on those who, in addition to being under 40 years old, are outside of the Beltway area. In other words, statewide officials, mayors, legislators and others that didn’t rise in political circles through Washington D.C. “We sought advice from more than 100 different sources from all across the United States and gradually pared it down to 40 names,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: National News, New Mexico House

Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Legislators want input on Navajo water settlement

Three legislators said the state Supreme Court should allow legislative input into the approval the Navajo Water Settlement. Two of the legislators, both Republicans, are from the Four Corners area, where the bulk of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico sits. The third, a Democrat, is from Santa Fe. Jim Rogers, a San Juan County irrigator, also is involved in the suit. Both Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, and Sen. Steven Neville, R-Farmington, criticized the settlement that came from … Read entire article »

Filed under: Environment, Featured, New Mexico House, New Mexico Senate

Martinez raises possibility of special session for Tesla incentives

Martinez raises possibility of special session for Tesla incentives

Gov. Susana Martinez dropped the two words that will get everyone’s attention: Special Session. Martinez discussed a potential special session in while speaking with the Albuquerque Journal. The potential special session would involve legislation to encourage Tesla to place their new “gigafactory” in New Mexico. The factory would be for building batteries — with more gigawatts per year than all current battery factories combined. From the Albuquerque Journal: “There are discussions whether or not it needs to be,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economy, Featured, Governor

Martinez signs lottery scholarship fix

Martinez signs lottery scholarship fix

On the final day that Gov. Susana Martinez had to take action on bills, she signed legislation that would help keep the lottery scholarship up and running. However, Martinez needed to use line-item veto power to fix the bill because the version that passed at the last-second in the state Senate would have stopped college students from getting scholarship money until their sophomore year of college. Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, was the sponsor of the last-minute … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Featured, Governor

Gov. signs budget but line item vetoes some pay raises

Gov. signs budget but line item vetoes some pay raises

Gov. Susana Martinez signed the $6.15 billion state budget on Tuesday. Martinez signed the budget in Rio Rancho. “Over the past three years, we have worked in a bipartisan way to restore our state’s firm fiscal footing after years of over-spending, and the budgets we have passed have enacted moderate, responsible spending growth,” Martinez said in a statement. “Along the way, we have invested heavily in public education and early childhood programs, expanded job creation efforts, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget, Featured, Governor