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Luján: Senate Action on Unemployment Insurance Good First Step

on January 9, 2014 - 7:16am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep.  Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., applauded Senate action Tuesday that will allow for the consideration of bipartisan legislation to extend federal unemployment benefits that expired at the end of last month.

On Dec. 28, 1.3 million Americans, including 6,000 New Mexicans, saw their unemployment benefits run out at a time when the economy in New Mexico continues to struggle in the wake of the deepest recession in a generation.

"The Senate vote to move forward on legislation to extend unemployment insurance is a positive first step toward

N.M. Legislative Finance Committee Presents Budget Recommendations

on January 9, 2014 - 7:10am


SANTA FE — Friday, the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) held a press conference to present the budget recommendations for the 2014 Legislative Session. Spending calls for $6.15 billion from the general fund, which is $253.5 million more than is expected to be spent in the current fiscal year.

LFC Chairman, Rep. Luciano Valera, D-Santa Fe, opened the press conference, providing a rundown of the priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Job creation, education, public employee retention and healthcare were at the core of the list.

Legislators agreed that

County Council Elects 2014 Leadership

on January 7, 2014 - 8:18pm

During this evening's meeting, Council Chair Geoff Rodgers is retained in the leadership role on Council for another year by a unanimous vote of the Los Alamos County Council. PrintScreen photo/

In a unanimous vote by Council, Councilor Kristin Henderson is elected vice chair for 2014. She replaces Vice Chair David Izraelevitz who did not seek reelection as vice chair. PrintScreen photo/

Janet Yellen Makes History as First Female Federal Reserve Chair

on January 7, 2014 - 8:16am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen

U.S. Senate News:

WASHINGTON–Monday, Sen. Tom Udall joined the Senate in confirming Janet Yellen to serve as Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve. He issued the following statement:

“Today’s vote was a historic moment for the Federal Reserve and for our nation. I look forward to seeing Dr. Yellen become the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve Board. As Vice Chair of the Fed, Dr. Yellen has proven herself to be a thoughtful and extremely effective leader," Udall said.

Senate Majority Office Responds to Gov.'s Budget Proposal

on January 6, 2014 - 6:16pm

Senate Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez


SANTA FE - Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her spending recommendations for next fiscal year's budget. Her $6.07 billion proposal is about $80 million less than the $6.15 billion recommendations proposed by the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) last week.

LFC proposed pay raises for all state and education workers, while Martinez's recommendations only call for raises to be given to a certain percentage of state workers and merit pay for educators.

Governor Introduces Fiscal Year 2015 Budget

on January 6, 2014 - 5:21pm


  • State Budget Geared to Reform Education, Increase Pay for Entering and High-Performing Teachers, Expand Health Care Workforce and Grow Economy


Santa Fe —Today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced her Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal, which continues the Governor’s commitment to responsible budgeting, particularly during uncertain economic times at the national level.

Legislative Preview Wednesday at Fuller Lodge

on January 6, 2014 - 8:28am

Staff Report

The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the American Association of University Women will hold a Legislative Preview 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate.

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez have all agreed to attend and share their views on the upcoming session.

Lujan Grisham Urges Renewal of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on January 5, 2014 - 6:56am

U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


ALBUQUERQUE – U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01 continues to urge Congress to renew federal unemployment insurance following a report finding that the expiration of the program on Dec. 28 has already cost the New Mexico economy more than $1.7 million.  

The analysis, prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee Democrats, spells out how much federal funding each state is going without in the first week since the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program expired.

In New Mexico, 6,000 jobseekers lost an average

Governor Unveils Proposals to Aid High Tech Start-ups

on January 4, 2014 - 10:03am

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE—Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday, the latest in a series of proposals designed to attract and develop new research, innovation and high-tech firms in New Mexico. 

Specifically, the Governor is proposing to improve the tax treatment of innovation activities by expanding the use of the Angel Investment Credit, allowing for greater private investment in small New Mexico start-ups, and reforming the Technology Jobs Tax Credit and the current, relatively unused Research and Development Small Business Tax Credit to better support New Mexico

Republican Women Meet Jan. 9

on January 4, 2014 - 9:58am

GOP News:

The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women will hold a meeting noon-2 p.m. Jan. 9 at the home of Donna MacDonald in the Ridge Park Condos, 1003 Oppenheimer. 

Open parking is in any uncovered, striped slot. Members are reminded to bring non-perishable food items and toiletries for charity donations.

For further information, contact Donna MacDonald at 505.662.4001.


Senator Introduces Legislation Eliminating Secretary of Education Post

on January 2, 2014 - 9:19am

Sen. Michael Padilla

State News:

SANTA FE — Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Bernalillo, a member of the Senate Education Committee, has introduced Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2), proposing education reforms that will, in Padilla’s words, “take politics out of public education in New Mexico.”

This legislation calls for: the elimination of the Secretary of Education position in the Governor’s Cabinet, implements a non-partisan State Board of Public Education, calls for the creation of a state superintendent of public education hired by the board, and places public education in the hands of

New Mexico Nationally Recognized for Improved Tax Fairness

on December 28, 2013 - 9:19am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced that New Mexico has been recognized by the Council On State Taxation (COST), a national nonpartisan taxpayer watchdog group, for a dramatic improvement in state tax administration.

The group has upgraded New Mexico’s rating from a D to a B after the state adopted several reforms to simplify the tax code, making it fairer and more user-friendly. COST monitors and rates every state on tax appeal processes and administrative practices based on fairness of tax laws and regulations for tax administration.

“This new

Lujan Grisham Urges Extension of Federal Unemployment Insurance

on December 27, 2013 - 8:55am

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham


WASHINGTON, D.C. – With 1.3 million Americans losing all of their federal unemployment insurance Dec. 28, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, is urging an extension of the program.

Friday, she announced that she is cosponsoring the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2013 (H.R.3546), legislation that would extend the current Emergency Unemployment Compensation program through the end of 2014. In addition to the 6,000 long-term unemployed New Mexicans who are slated to lose their unemployment insurance Saturday, an

Proposed Bills Require Oversight and Competitive Bid for Behavioral Health Contractors

on December 26, 2013 - 10:50am


SANTA FE - New Mexico's Legislative Health and Human Services Committee (LHHSC) has endorsed legislation, which requires more transparency and accountability of performing behavior health audits and secures avenues to keep in-state providers in business, while tightening up procurement policy.

Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-17 Bernalillo, proposed the bills as a result of the behavioral health audit catastrophe this year, implementing a freeze of Medicaid dollars to 14 behavioral health providers throughout the state.

"It has become abundantly clear there is need for

Luján, Lujan Grisham Introduce Legislation to Protect Native American Seeds

on December 25, 2013 - 11:10am



WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Ben Ray Luján, N.M.-03 and Michelle Lujan Grisham, N.M.-01, both members of the Congressional Native American Caucus, have introduced legislation to help preserve Native American seeds used for cultural, religious, medicinal, ceremonial and agricultural purposes.

The Native American Seeds Protection Act of 2013 (H.R. 3782) would allow tribes, working in conjunction with qualified research entities, to obtain grants from the U.S.

New Episode Released of 'The Udall Update' Television Show

on December 25, 2013 - 10:45am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


  • Public Access Program Provides Information About Udall’s Work in the U.S. Senate on Behalf of New Mexicans
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has released a new episode of “The Udall Update,” a public access television program that provides the public an inside look at what’s happening in the U.S. Senate and how it impacts life in New Mexico.
The 30-minute episode, which airs on Udall’s YouTube channel and on public access TV throughout the state, includes interviews, in-depth stories and feature segments about the work he is doing in

Garcia Richard Among MADD Legislative Champions of 2013

on December 23, 2013 - 10:32am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

MADD News:

SANTA FE — Mothers Against Drunk Driving New Mexico (MADD) today announced its “2013 Legislative Champions” and recognized Los Alamos' Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Speaker W. Ken Martinez, Rep. Liz Thomson and Rep. Tim Lewis for their leadership within the New Mexico Legislature to stop drunk driving and protect the rights of victims.

“MADD thanks Speaker Martinez and Representatives Thomson, Garcia Richard, and Lewis for authoring legislation improving New Mexico’s drunk driving law.

Udall, Moran Urge Overhaul of Federal IT Oversight to Save Taxpayers Billions

on December 22, 2013 - 6:41am
  • Bipartisan bill would increase accountability, ensure clear chain of command in federal IT process
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Jerry Moran, R-KS, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the first major overhaul of the government information technology (IT) procurement process in over a decade.

Los Alamos Residents Meet GOP Candidate David Clements Running For 2014 Senate Race

on December 21, 2013 - 7:24am
U.S. senatorial candidate David Clements. Photo by Leland Lehman/
Community members listen to senatorial candidate David Clements discuss his platform at the Fusion Cafe Friday. Photo by Leland Lehman/

U.S. Senatorial David Clements traveled to Los Alamos Friday to meet local residents at a gathering at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters in Mari Mac Plaza.

Clements is the Republican front runner for the 2014 senate race against Democratic Sen. Tom Udall. His Facebook page says he is a constitutional conservative.

Clements launched his campaign

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard Commends New Mexico Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

on December 20, 2013 - 9:49am

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard


Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties, issued the following statement Thursday with regard to the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage:

"Despite countless efforts made by County Clerks throughout New Mexico, I am proud that New Mexico will join the other 16 states who have legalized same-sex marriage and would like to commend the New Mexico Supreme Court for upholding the State's anti-discrimination provisions in the constitution and outlawing any further discrimination of

Udall: Budget Bill Good for New Mexico

on December 20, 2013 - 8:44am

Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON. D.C. — Wednesday, Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined the full Senate in voting for the bipartisan budget agreement, which was approved by a vote of 64-36. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly last week by a bipartisan vote of 332-94.

Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been fighting for budget certainty and an end to the devastating sequestration cuts, which have disproportionately hurt New Mexico. He issued the following statement:

"While the budget bill is not exactly what I would have written,

Senatorial Candidate David Clements Visiting Los Alamos Friday to Meet Community Members

on December 19, 2013 - 7:42pm

Candidate David Clements


David Clements, the Republican front runner for the 2014 Senate race against Tom Udall, will be visiting Los Alamos for the first time in his campaign to meet with and speak to local supporters and other interested parties at 5:15 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20.

The event is at the Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters, free of charge and will provide complimentary coffee.


David Clements Los Alamos Meet and Greet


Fusion Cafe and Coffee Roasters

723 Central Ave., Los Alamos


Friday, Dec. 20

5:15-6:15 p.m.


Los Alamos Chamber Manager Talks Business at Governor's Mansion

on December 19, 2013 - 7:46am

Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos, left, with Gov. Susana Martinez who is holding a guest's 9-month-old John Marie Mason who fell asleep in her arms during Tuesday night's Christmas Party at the Governor's Mansion in Santa Fe. Area business people and educators were invited to attend the event, which included dinner and piano music. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, Gov. Susana Martinez's Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, Los Alamos Chamber Manager Katy Korkos and Cabinet Secretary Ed Burckle of the General Service Department at a Christmas party Tuesday night at the

Heinrich: Declassify Report Detailing CIA's Interrogation Program

on December 18, 2013 - 8:55am

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., a member of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is calling for a full and transparent accounting of the CIA's interrogation program and full declassification of the committee's study on the program.

Last year, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to adopt the study, which is a 6,000-page comprehensive review of the Bush administration's CIA interrogation program based on a documentary review of more than 6 million pages of CIA and other records.

During the confirmation hearing

Udall, Rubio Introduce Bill to Promote Historic Preservation Education

on December 18, 2013 - 7:39am

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Marco Rubio, R-FL., introduced a bill that would give Hispanic-serving colleges and universities increased access to a grant program designed to encourage more students to pursue historic and cultural preservation. The program is similar to one already available to historically black colleges and universities, tribal colleges, and nontribal colleges with a high enrollment of Native Americans or Native Hawaiians. 

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

The Preservation Research at Institutions Serving Minorities