On Sunday, Donald Trump told a small crowd of about 2,500 people in Albuquerque that he’ll win New Mexico, win the White House, repeal Obama Care, give more money to Kirtland Air Force Base and fight drug cartels. About 50-100 protesters gathered outside, disrupting the Republican’s speech inside an Albuquerque airplane hangar.
State Faces Another Credit Rating Downgrade
Last week, Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the state’s credit rating, and now it appears those education budget cuts signed by Gov. Susana Martinez could lead to yet another downgrade.
Feds Award New Mexico School Improvement Grant Money
Meanwhile, the Public Education Department says it plans to use $7 million from a federal grant to help turn around struggling schools.
Cities Brace for Cadillac Tax
Dan McKay reports that cities around the state are already expressing concerns about how the so-called “Cadillac Tax” will be applied to government employees' premium health care policies beginning as early as 2020 if the law is not amended.
UNM Book Publisher Reorganized
After taking a close look at UNM Press’ $6.3 million deficit, the university’s president has decided to move the book publisher out of the school’s academic branch and put it under administrative management.
Staff members have argued that the operation was never meant to be self-supporting, according to an economic impact report of fiscal year 2015 to 2016. They also said that declining print sales and the “significant start-up costs” with digital distribution remain economic challenges. They said that, despite hard years, they still averaged net sales above $2 million annually, much of that from out-of-state buyers. Many of the books also highlight the state for readers and potential visitors, they said.Gallup Detox Center Funded
A financially challenged detox center in Gallup is getting a big funding boost. City officials have allocated $1 million dollars to operate the facility after the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health ended its role there.
Cubs Reduce Series Deficit
The Chicago Cubs have to win all the remaining games to have a chance to win the World Series for the first time in decades. Last night, they managed to beat the Cleveland Indians, 3-2.