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NMDOT: Public Meeting On Roundabout March 20

on March 15, 2019 - 11:40am

Los Alamos High School Hockey Team Wins State!

on March 15, 2019 - 10:56am

The Los Alamos Hockey Team won State in a tournament played at the Chaves Community Center in Santa Fe this past Saturday. The Toppers play in the Rio Grande Hockey League, which has teams from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. The Toppers were the number one seed for the tournament but lost a game to the Amarillo team and had to play Taos to get to the Championship game, which they won 3-5 played on Saturday morning. Then, during Saturday afternoon, the Toppers played the Amarillo Big Texans for the Championship.

Senate Panel Pares Back Proposed Tax Increases

on March 15, 2019 - 10:51am
Corporations and Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Clemente Sanchez
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
A Senate committee rolled back proposed tax increases in a sprawling bill that would change rates on internet sales, car purchases, e-cigarettes and more.
 
House Bill 6 represented a push by top Democrats in the House of Representatives to shore up the state's finances, which now rest largely on revenue from oil and gas.

Senate, House Differ On Details Of Hefty State Budget

on March 15, 2019 - 10:05am
By ANDREW OXFORD
The New Mexico House of Representatives rejected the Senate's proposed budget on Wednesday, raising objections related to teacher pay, road funding and the pension plan for public employees.
 
The differences are not insurmountable, leaders in both chambers insisted, but they delayed final action on a whopping $7 billion spending plan.
 
The Senate approved its version earlier in the day with a vote of 39 to 2. But the House voted overwhelmingly against that budget, leaving some questions over how to divvy up appropriations as the state

Minimum Wage Fight Continues As Session Nears End

on March 15, 2019 - 9:22am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The state House of Representatives and the Senate may be on a collision course when it comes to how best to reset New Mexico's minimum wage law, a priority issue for Democrats in this year's legislative session.
 
That's because the House on Wednesday night refused to budge on its proposal to the raise the statewide minimum wage to $12 an hours by Jan. 1, 2022 and then increase it in future years with a cost-of-living bump.
 
The Senate, however, has approved a more modest proposal designed to increase

Coyote-Killing Contest Ban Now Up To Governor

on March 15, 2019 - 9:20am
Bill 76 Co-sponsor Sen. Mark Moores, R-Albuquerque
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The Legislature has sent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham a bill that would outlaw coyote killing contests in New Mexico.
 
A 37-30 vote late Tuesday by the House of Representatives to pass Senate Bill 76 came after the Senate approved the measure last week on a vote of 22-17.
 
As to whether the governor plans to sign it into law, spokesman Tripp Stelnicki said Wednesday only that, "At this point, we're reviewing the legislation."
 
The House vote came after a two-hour plus debate that was often

Education Spending Plans Go To The Governor

on March 15, 2019 - 8:38am
By ROBERT NOTT
The state Senate and House of Representatives approved identical plans Wednesday for how New Mexico should spend a big boost in public education funding, sending the two measures to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
Both Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 5 provide for an additional $450 million in public education spending next year, including $113 million aimed at providing support for at-risk students and an extra $38 million to increase teacher pay.
 
While much of the content of the bills mirrored earlier versions debated last week, there was one

AGU: Arctic Change Has Widespread Impacts

on March 15, 2019 - 8:36am
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. Courtesy/NASA
 
AGU News:
 
As the Arctic warms faster than the rest of the globe, permafrost, land ice and sea ice are disappearing at unprecedented rates. And these changes not only affect the infrastructure, economies and cultures of the Arctic, they have significant impacts elsewhere as well – according to a commentary in the AGU journal Earth’s Future, led by research scientist Twila Moon of the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of

Legislative Roundup: March 15

on March 15, 2019 - 8:22am
By The New Mexican
 
Days left in session: 1
 
Recreational marijuana unlikely: The likelihood that New Mexicans will be able to access legal recreational cannabis is fading away.
 
On Friday, Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas, D-Albuquerque, said he thought the bill "probably will not get heard" in the Senate Finance Committee, where it's been sitting since the House of Representatives voted 36-34 to approve the proposal.
 
Friday is the last full day of the session and the last planned meeting of the Senate Finance Committee, chaired by Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming.
 
An amended

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