As President-elect Donald Trump moves into transition mode and starts naming key staffers, folks in New Mexico are beginning to speculate how the billionaire’s national policies will impact the state. KOB compiled a list and takes a look at anticipated policy shifts around school vouchers, immigration, taxes, term limits and federal jobs. And the folks at the Santa Fe New Mexican talked to experts who say the state shouldn’t expect any big favors from Trump’s White House. Still, small business owners appear to be generally upbeat about their prospects for the next four years.
Protesters Arrested in Santa Fe
Just like in other parts of the country, about 200 protesters took to the streets in Santa Fe on Saturday afternoon to express their anger over Donald Trump’s election. SFR's Stephen Hsieh was on the Plaza and watched Santa Fe police officers arrest at least three vocal dissenters.
Pearce Opposes Mass Deportations
US Rep. Steve Pearce, the only Republican in New Mexico’s Federal Delegation, isn’t a fan of President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Instead, Pearce told Michael Coleman at the Albuquerque Journal that he supports a guest worker program.
Health Care Companies Brace for Change
Enrollment in the state’s health exchange may be surging ahead of 2017, but Steve Sinovic reports, “New Mexico health care companies and clients are bracing for the likelihood that the Affordable Care Act will be dismantled early in the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.”
Johnson Moving On After Election
Now that Gary Johnson’s campaign for the White House and other elected offices in the future is over, he’s preparing for another cool outdoor adventure. This time, Johnson is planning to pedal his bike 3,000 miles along the Continental Divide from Canada to New Mexico sometime next June.
Sanchez Considers Libel Lawsuit
Milan Simonich reports that Sen. Michael Sanchez, who was defeated by a Republican newcomer backed by Gov. Susana Martinez, is considering filing a libel lawsuit against Advance New Mexico Now for distributing a campaign mailer that falsely accused him of taking a trip to Hawaii at taxpayers' expense, among other things.
Pot Legalization One Step Closer
Columnist Steve Terrell writes that marijuana legalization measures passing around the country and the Democrats' takeover of the New Mexico House could mean legalization is one step closer to passing in New Mexico. But don’t count on the governor to sign any bill into law. Instead, the best option is still allowing residents to vote on a constitutional amendment.
Ski Resorts Prepare to Open
Several of New Mexico’s ski resorts are preparing to open this month around Thanksgiving with man-made snow. Now they have to hope temperatures cool down enough to keep it frozen.