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$3.7 Million Aimed at Turning Around New Mexico's Lowest Performing Schools

on January 28, 2014 - 8:02am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third highlighted Monday that New Mexico has been selected to receive funding under the U.S. Department of Education's School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program. A grant of $3,754,213 will help in the effort to turn around persistently low achieving schools in the state.

"There is no better investment we can make in our young New Mexicans than providing them with a good education,” Luján said.

Lujan Grisham Invites Unemployed New Mexican to State of the Union Tonight

on January 28, 2014 - 7:15am


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, has invited Coby Messier of Albuquerque to be her guest at President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight. Messier is a long-term unemployed sheet metal worker recently cut off from federal emergency unemployment insurance due to Congress’s failure to extend the program.

Since the program expired Dec. 28, 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexico jobseekers have lost access to this vital economic lifeline.

“The House of Representatives has taken 25 roll call votes since emergency

Senators Make Initial Motion to Override Governor’s Veto on Two Bills

on January 28, 2014 - 7:13am


SANTA FE–Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller (D-17-Bernalillo) and Senator Howie Morales (D-28-Catron, Grant & Socorro) successfully removed two bills – Senate Bill 7 (SB7) and Senate Bill 588 (SB588) from the Secretary of State’s office and placed them on the Senate agenda for the purpose of an Override of the Governor’s Veto.

“Without this bill [Senate Bill 7 (SB7)] creating a tax expenditure budget, meaningful tax reform and business incentives are impossible to evaluate,” Keller said.

2014 Legislative Veteran-Related Legislation Update

on January 27, 2014 - 8:53am


The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services (NMDVS)  is providing an update on veteran related bills for the duration of the 2014 Legislative Session, which concludes at noon Feb. 20.

The update contains information about all introduced Bills/Memorials/Resolutions--and show their status in the legislative process.

The veteran related bills most likely to be introduced today:

  • Military Retiree PIT Deduction–allowing for military retirees who chose to make their home in New Mexico to take a 25 percent deduction of their tax liability on their military retiree pay.

More Than 1.6 Million Americans; 7,400 New Mexicans Have Lost Unemployment Insurance

on January 27, 2014 - 8:26am


SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District highlighted a new report on how many Americans have seen their unemployment insurance run out since Dec. 28, 2013.

The analysis by House Ways and Means Committee Democrats found that more than 1.6 million Americans, including 7,492 New Mexicans have lost these important benefits. Without Congressional action, on average, nearly 72,000 people are losing unemployment insurance every week.

"It was disappointing that once again Republicans recessed the House without addressing expiring unemployment insurance

Leadership Los Alamos Session Examines Local Government

on January 25, 2014 - 10:57am

Leadership Los Alamos panelists from left, DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary, Utilities Board Chair David Powell and DPU Manager John Arrowsmith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Leadership Los Alamos participants listen as DPU Charter Review Committee Chair Susan O'Leary presents details on her committee's recommendations to County Council. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Session Co-Chairs Pat Casados (Magistrate Judge) and Chris Chandler (Probate Judge) led the Dec.

James Chrobocinski Announces Candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor

on January 24, 2014 - 5:40pm

Owner/Broker James Chrobocinski of Zia Realty Group in his downtown office today announces bid for Los Alamos County Assessor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Local businessman James Chrobocinski announced his candidacy for Los Alamos County Assessor during an interview today with the Los Alamos Daily Post. Chrobocinski grew up in Los Alamos but left to live in Corpus Christi, Texas for several years. He returned two years ago and opened Zia Realty Group in downtown Los Alamos, which now has 25 agents and offices in Santa Fe and Espanola.

Legislative Jobs Council Recommends New Legislation

on January 24, 2014 - 5:41am

The New Mexico State Capital/Courtesy


SANTA FE–With a blueprint in hand, the bipartisan Legislative Jobs Council has started the legislative process of creating jobs in New Mexico. A legislative package based on the recommendations of the Jobs Council has been drafted and is ready to be introduced in the House of Representatives.

The legislative package includes:

  • Appropriations to improve economic development efforts toward job creation which includes significantly more funding for the Economic Development Department and the State Tourism