Lawmakers should consider delaying or freezing corporate tax cuts to help close a huge state budget deficit, according to 38 percent of voters who responded to a poll commissioned by the New Mexico Political Report. Another 30 percent of voters think across the board spending cuts the best option.
Lawmakers: Boost Teacher Pay
A bunch of Democrat lawmakers contend tax revenues need to be raised if for no other reason than to fund schools and to boost teacher pay. A report released by the Economic Policy Institute shows the “teacher pay gap” as a major factor in declining education outcomes.
Facebook Needs a Ton of Water
Money from New Mexico’s Local Economic Development Act’s closing fund may be used to help Facebook pay for water rights at a major new data center proposed at Los Lunas, according to the Associated Press.
The proposed water agreement would guarantee an initial supply of 1.5 million gallons a day for the first two data center buildings and as much as 4.5 million gallons a day if the facility expands to a fifth and sixth building. Some of that water capacity is a precaution. Facebook’s exact needs were unclear.Mourners Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Murdered Girl
Last night, hundreds of people attended a vigil for Victoria Martens, the 10-year-old girl brutally murdered in Albuquerque. The girl's mother, Michelle A. Martens, 35, and two others are charged in the homicide. People are filling the mother’s Facebook page with comments, calling the suspects "sick and disgusting monsters.”
Suspect Mosquito Found in New Mexico
Officials have found a mosquito capable of transmitting the Zika virus in Sierra County.
There are six reported Zika virus cases in New Mexico, one in Bernalillo County and one in Santa Fe County. All six were infected outside the state, the Health Department says. There has not been a reported case of the Zika virus in Sierra County.Stage Drought Spreads
August rains have been good, but probably not enough to overcome a hot and dry July. For now, it appears drought conditions are spreading across the state, but they're still not as bad as a few years ago.