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Lt. Gov. Howie Morales Addresses League

on April 17, 2019 - 11:49am

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales addresses the LWV Tuesday in the upstairs meeting room at Mesa Public Library, touching on education, energy and other topics. Photo by John McHale/

Los Alamos County Councilor Pete Sheehey was on hand to discuss County issues such as energy and infrastructure. Photo by John McHale/
League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters welcomed Lt. Gov. Howie Morales to its monthly Lunch with a Leader community event Tuesday at Mesa Public Library.
Lt. Gov. Morales is a former Democratic state senator from

State GSD To Begin Green Building Project

on April 17, 2019 - 8:10am
SANTA FE The General Services Department, in partnership with other state agencies, will soon begin a $32 million project to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe, including installation of solar power and government’s first battery storage of solar power.
GSD also will be purchasing the first electric vehicles for the government motor pool, and it will build charging stations for the vehicles in Santa Fe.

Udall, Heinrich Unveil Legislation To Cut Taxes For Workers And Families In New Mexico

on April 17, 2019 - 7:50am
WASHINGTON, D.C. Ahead of Tax Day and the IRS Commissioner’s annual appearance Monday before the Senate and House, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich,along with 46 Senate Democrats, introduced the Working Families Tax Relief Act.  
At a time when wages are stagnant and the cost of childcare has exploded, the Working Families Tax Relief Act would cut taxes for workers and families by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). EITC and CTC are two of the most effective tools we have to put money back in the pockets of working

Funding Secured For State Poet Laureate Program

on April 17, 2019 - 7:44am
Sen. Bill O’Neill
SANTA FE Landmark Legislation. 282 bills signed into law. A $7 billion budget. Unprecedented capital outlay dollars for statewide infrastructure spending.
The 2019 session was one for the books. But among the marquee accomplishments of the legislature were several measures that, while receiving fewer headlines, also will have a lasting impact on the state. One such accomplishment was securing the funding to establish a state Poet Laureate program.
The idea to establish a state Poet Laureate program dates back several years.

Marg Ellison Speaks At Democratic Party Meeting

on April 16, 2019 - 4:59pm

New Mexico Democratic Party President Marg Ellison spoke recently at the monthly Democratic Party meeting. She was accompanied by her husband, former U.S. Sen. Fred Harris. Courtesy photo

Udall To Wheeler On EPA Reorg: Agency Should Focus On Staffing Crisis And Environmental Enforcement

on April 16, 2019 - 4:49pm
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. In response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reorganization of regional offices, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.),ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, requested April 10 a detailed plan from EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to improve staffing levels across the agency, prioritize enforcement and compliance, increase communication with states, Tribes, and EPA staff, and honor agreements with staff and unions.
“While I acknowledge that

Council Tentatively Okays Sheriff Office Budget

on April 16, 2019 - 4:42pm

Sheriff Joe Granville presents his budget Monday night as County Deputy Manager Steve Lynne and Budget and Performance Manager Karen Kendall listen Monday evening during the annual budget hearings. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Staff Report

Los Alamos County Council unanimously voted to tentatively approve the Sheriff Department $15,510 budget Monday night during the budget hearing.

Sheriff Joe Granville highlighted some of his department’s budget items:

  • The Sheriff’s Office primary function is to maintain the sex offender registry in Los Alamos County and to ensure all sex

Why Recent Improvements To New Mexico Tax Code Didn’t Change This Year’s Tax Return

on April 16, 2019 - 4:35pm
Executive Director
New Mexico Voices for Children
When we think about all the public amenities that our tax payments support – like roads and highways, schools and education, internet access, parks, public safety, health care, and more – it’s a wonder we don’t celebrate Tax Day.
These amenities are, in fact, what make our modern economy and quality of life possible.