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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

Rep. Archuleta had leg amputated (updated)

Rep. Archuleta had leg amputated (updated)

Near the end of the Democratic pre-primary convention, a speaker announced that Rep. Phillip Archuleta, D-Las Cruces, had had a leg amputation following a leg injury. Archuleta missed the entire legislative session with what was described as recovery from hip surgery. Rumors that Archuleta was more injured than was let on swirled around the the Roundhouse — but nothing was confirmed until the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s annual state pre-primary convention. Jessica Martinez announced Archuleta, “unfortunately … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Martinez vetoes one judicial pension bill, signs another

Martinez vetoes one judicial pension bill, signs another

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation that would have transferred money from the legislative pension fund to the judicial pension fund. Martinez said the transfer would have just resulted in two overfunded pension funds and that the money could be better spent elsewhere. This is because of legislation that Martinez signed on Friday. “Although the funded ratios of the Judicial and Magistrate retirement plans have dropped to dangerously low levels in recent years, I am pleased that … Read entire article »

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Lira, Garcia Democratic primary looming in District 34

Lira, Garcia Democratic primary looming in District 34

A Democratic primary looks like it is coming between State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and Sunland Park city councilor Christian Lira. Lira announced his candidacy in a press conference Thursday afternoon, which Diana Alba Soular of the Las Cruces Sun-News tweeted about. Alba Soular reported that Lira was highly critical of the representation in Hoiuse District 34 during his press conference. The incumbent in District 34 is Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, who has served in the seat … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, New Mexico House

Troubled youth ranch controversy calls into question CYFD’s authority

Troubled youth ranch controversy calls into question CYFD’s authority

By Rene Romo Scott Chandler, the owner of a controversial youth program that’s under investigation, described Bruce Staeger, 18, as a “fellow brother” whose death Sept. 23 in a vehicle rollover he grieved. But in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed Feb. 10 against Chandler, the owner of Tierra Blanca Ranch High Country Youth Program, Staeger’s mother contends her son was treated like anything but family. During his stay at the ranch for troubled youth, which is located south of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Roundhouse

Gov. won’t veto state worker pay raise

Gov. won’t veto state worker pay raise

Gov. Susana Martinez will not line-item veto an across-the-board pay raise for state workers. Martinez told New Mexico Watchdog of her decision. “All teachers will get their 3 percent (increases), the classified employees of the state will receive their 3 percent and I don’t intend to disrupt the classified employees in anyway,” Martinez said. The pay raises are part of a larger budget compromise bill that is on the governor’s desk. State workers had went years without pay … Read entire article »

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Group criticizes Senator on early childhood education

Group criticizes Senator on early childhood education

A liberal group that supports a proposed constitutional amendment to provide funding for early childhood education by tapping a state permanent fund is targeting a Democratic Senator who opposed the move. The Center for Civic Policy* is targeting Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa, after he voted to table the proposed constitutional amendment in the Senate Finance Committee in last month’s legislative session. Cisneros is the vice chair of the powerful committee. The group is printing a full-page ad … Read entire article »

Filed under: Education, Featured, New Mexico Senate

Gov signs bill banning texting while driving

Gov signs bill banning texting while driving

Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation that bans texting while driving. The legislature passed the bill after years of effort by Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, and others. New Mexico is the 42nd state to make texting while driving illegal. “We know that texting while driving is a lethal distraction,” said Governor Martinez. “There is no text message that is worth a person’s life. Distracted drivers pose a serious danger to fellow motorists on our streets, roads, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Governor