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Immigration Reform Would Boost State Revenue $6 Million

on July 11, 2013 - 8:31am

NM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—A report released Wednesday by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that comprehensive immigration reform would bring in new revenue for states.

The analysis estimates that unauthorized immigrants are already paying $10.6 billion a year in state and local taxes nationwide, including the $86 million they pay in New Mexico. The study also estimates that New Mexico stands to gain $6 million in increased revenue should undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S. be allowed to work here legally.

The ITEP analysis assumes a newly legalized immigrant


$2.2 Million to Increase NM’s Health Insurance Enrollment

on July 11, 2013 - 8:18am

Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Wednesday that 15 community health centers across New Mexico will receive more than $2.2 million in grants to help enroll uninsured individuals into new affordable health coverage options that will go into effect Oct. 1.

Approximately 20 percent of New Mexico residents are uninsured.

The awards are issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, within the U.S.

One Day Archaeology Exhibit and Talk at Mesa Public Library

on July 11, 2013 - 7:49am


Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico Chuck Hannaford. Courtesy photo

Back by popular demand for his third visit to Mesa Public Library, Chuck Hannaford, Project Director for the Museum of New Mexico’s Office of Archaeological Studies, returns with this popular and award winning hands-on archaeology outreach program so fitting for this year’s summer reading theme of “Dig In to Reading!”

Hannaford will set up his array of archaeological artifacts from early New Mexico history, all touchable, for visitors to explore in the Mesa Public Library lobby.

Everything from

Two Die in Early Morning Collision with Flatbed

on July 10, 2013 - 4:34pm


A man and woman died early this morning after their vehicle collided with a flatbed on N.M. 68.

Authorities identified the victims as Marissa Martinez, 19, and her boyfriend Eric Romero, 21, both from Alcalde.

Martinez was driving and according to Española Public Safety Director Eric Garcia, her vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed along N.M. 68 about 8:15 a.m. when the flatbed carrying a backhoe entered the roadway on the north side of Española.

Garcia reported that the vehicle carrying Martinez and Romero may have ricocheted off another car before it slammed into

TODAY: Udall to Speak on the Floor About Keeping Student Loans Affordable

on July 10, 2013 - 10:21am
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico will deliver remarks on the Senate floor about the need to find a comprehensive solution to keep loans affordable for college students in New Mexico and across the country.
The Senate is voting today on the Keep Student Loans Affordable Act of 2013. On July 1, because of Senate inaction, a temporary measure to keep interest rates low expired. As a result, the interest rates on new federal Stafford loans doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.
Udall is a cosponsor of the Keep Student Loans

Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

on July 10, 2013 - 9:41am


Upcoming Legislative Interim Committee Meetings

SANTA FE—The following legislative interim committees are meeting this week:

July 10 at 9 a.m. - Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee

  • Room 307, State Capitol, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Chair: Representative Jim Trujillo (D–Santa Fe–45)
  • Vice Chair: Senator George Muñoz (D–Cibola, McKinley, San Juan–4)

July 10-12 at 9 a.m. - Legislative Education Study Committee

  • Ruidoso High School
  • 125 Warrior Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Chair: Senator John M. Sapien (D–Bernalillo, Sandoval–9)
  • Vice Chair: Representative Rick Miera (D–Bernalillo–11)

New Mexico School for the Arts Announces New Chair

on July 10, 2013 - 9:29am

NMSF News:

SANTA FE -- New Mexico School for the Arts is proud to announce the appointment of the new Music Department Chair Neil Swapp.

“Not only does Neil bring to NMSA a distinguished career of 24 years as a professional music educator,” says NMSA-Art Institute Director, Riis Gonzales, “his life history mirrors our charter school initiative to provide young students from around the state an opportunity to develop their artistic talents – an opportunity many of them, especially those from smaller New Mexico towns, might not otherwise have.”

“Being a native of New Mexico and growing up