It's Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Gov furthers furlough plan
Susana Martinez has told her cabinet secretaries to ready plans for forced days off in an effort to bolster the state's reserves. The governor said yesterday the furloughs could start next week, but could also be avoided if she and lawmakers can
on the budget. Lawmakers say it's an unnecessary bargaining ploy by the governor and unfairly punishes state workers.
Vetoes cut deeper
A closer look at the governor's budget vetoes shows
—yes, billion—in funding for hospitals, agricultural extension services, even autopsies that take place under the auspices of the state's universities. The governor, who promises that funding will be restored, has not called a special session, instead opting for a statewide tour of more-or-less impromptu press conferences to plead her case.
Those pesky ethics
Santa Fe's Ethics and Campaign Review Board continues to work its way through some city campaign rules that are less clear than many thought they would be. The board yesterday
the pro-tax Pre-K for Santa Fe group for not properly identifying itself on campaign material. It also ruled that the Rio Grande Foundation, which produced an anti-tax video spread around the internet, needed to register as a campaign group.
Catholic church backs tax
Archbishop of Santa Fe John Wester is throwing his weight and, he hopes, his flock
. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has long supported a statewide pre-K initiative that would be paid for by taking money from one of the state's permanent funds. The endorsement came after the rector of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
on his Facebook page, saying it was politically motivated.