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Governor Announces New, Well-Paying Jobs And Proposals To Encourage Innovation

Gov. Susana Martinez

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Angel Investment Credit and Technology Research Collaborative Helps New Ideas and Opportunities Grow in New Mexico

SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that Seamless Medical Systems, a high-tech start-up company, is creating up to 30 new jobs in the next two years with an average annual salary of $90,000.

Martinez also announced proposals to attract and develop new research, innovation, and high-tech firms in New Mexico by expanding the use of the Angel Investment Credit and investing $1 million in the Technology Research Collaborative (TRC).


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Letter to the Editor: Teachers And Parents Should Decide Childrens Needs

By Sen. JERRY ORTIZ Y PINO 
D-Bernalillo
 
SANTA FE — As a politician, I can state unequivocally that “I love all children.” They are our future; they are our most vulnerable citizens, needing the greatest attention; history will judge us by how we’ve treated them, and (never forget) they make for great photo ops.
Every piece of campaign material should have a shot of the candidate reading to a group of smiling, eager-to-learn children gathered around the candidate who should be reading from a recognizable classic of children’s literature. And as

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Nearly Every Senate Democrat Voted No On Hanna Skandera Confirmation As Secretary Of NMPED

Hanna Skandera

 

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SANTA FE – Over the wishes of the majority of Senate Democrats who voted against her appointment, Hanna Skandera today was confirmed as the Secretary of the Public Education Department (NMPED) in a vote by the full New Mexico Senate. 

Earlier in the day the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Sen. Linda Lopez, D-Bernalillo, agreed to forward the controversial appointment of Skandera to the Senate floor following four years of being the Secretary-designate. The final Senate vote was 22-19, with all Republicans voting Yes.

“Ms. Skandera’s tenure has been


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Udall Announces Major Legislation To Improve Health And Well-being Of New Mexico Children

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced major legislation to help improve the health and education of New Mexico children by increasing access to federal education and anti-poverty programs.

The Saving Our Next Generation (SONG) Act is based on outreach and research Udall conducted during the last year, including workshops that brought together child care experts from across the state to discuss how the federal government can help lift New Mexico from the bottom of national rankings for children’s well-being. 


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Legislation To Help Clinical Pharmacists Serve Patients Passes Committee

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

 

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  • HB 384 Receives Unanimous Do-Pass from HRPAC

 

HB 384, a bill introduced by Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Bernalillo, a long-time health care advocate and member of the House Health Committee, to amend the Pharmacist Prescriptive Authority Act to allow clinical pharmacists to work under the supervision of more types of providers – making it easier for clinical pharmacist to serve patients in need – has unanimously passed the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee.

“Clinical pharmacists work directly with patients to maximize the effect


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Community Colleges Honor Sen. George K. Munoz

Sen. George K. Munoz

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New Mexico Independent Community Colleges and the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges recently honored Sen. George K. Munoz, D-Cibola, McKinley and San Juan, for his long-standing support as a legislator for community colleges statewide and their students.

“I am truly humbled. I believe that sincere investments must be made into these colleges because they do so much for many communities in our state,” Munoz said. “Thanks to community colleges, communities in our state are given the chance to educate their citizens, as well as stimulate the local


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Luján, Fleischmann Lead Nuclear Cleanup Caucus

From left, Co-Chairman Chuck Fleischmann, Acting Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management Mark Whitney and Co-Chairman Ben Ray Luján. Courtesy/BRLO

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Washington, D.C. – Fifty years of government nuclear weapons development stemming from the Manhattan Project during World War II has affected communities across the nation and resulted in the need for environmental cleanup at numerous sites.

In response, U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., will serve as co-chairs of the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus, which met


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U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich Gets Confirmation WIPP Recovery Efforts Are On Track

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WASHINGTON, D.C. During a recent Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., confirmed with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz that the recovery effort at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad is on track to return the facility to normal operation by the current target date of 2018.

WIPP is the only active facility in the United States that disposes defense-generated transuranic (TRU) waste. The facility halted operations in February 2014 following two separate accidents – a fire and a radiation release.


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Lujan Grisham Delivers Valentines To Vets

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., presents a Valentine to a veteran Saturday at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

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ALBUQUERQUE—Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers several hundred Valentine’s Day cards to veterans Saturday at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center.  

The Valentine’s cards were hand-made by local school children from Zuni and Dolores Gonzales Elementary.

“It was a privilege and an honor to present these beautiful Valentine wishes to our veterans who are dealing with an illness or medical


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Armstrong Legislation Rewards Businesses For Providing Equal Pay To Female And Male Workers

Rep. Deborah Armstrong

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New Mexico Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Bernalillo, is working to ensure men and women get equal pay in New Mexico.

She introduced a bill, which would amend the state procurement code to provide extra points in the bidding process to companies, seeking to work with the state, that demonstrate a practice of paying equal wages to men and women who do the same work.

Equal work for equal pay is not only the right thing to do, it’s the law in New Mexico,” Armstrong said. “However, it’s not an easy law to enforce. That’s why I want to give businesses an incentive to not only to


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