Enrique Knell, a spokesman for the governor, said Martinez is willing to work with legislators in a bipartisan manner, but the committee's proposed budget "doles out millions of dollars worth of untargeted, across-the-board government employee pay raises, while dramatically underfunding economic development efforts."
State Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, said the diversion of money from the fund has prevented it from growing.
“We are diverting money that goes into it and it has been at the $4 billion level for five or six years,” Smith said. “We’re distributing less money [from the fund] because it hasn’t been keeping up with inflation.”
Surprise! Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't like a proposal to have voters vote on legalizing marijuana. Of course, the proposed constitutional amendment wouldn't go through her office so she would have little say. The proposal is very unlikely to go anywhere this year.
Las Cruces will likely join the ranks of those who oppose a legislative change to a tax that helps fund the Spaceport. At issue is that part of the tax goes towards funding education -- which legislators say skews the school funding formula.
At Casa de Peregrinos, between 950 to 1,100 families stop by for food every month on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The rural program sees 1,200 to 1,500 people living in surrounding communities and colonias. Most families are on SNAP, Alba said.
"One of the things the families are saying now is that Casa de Peregrinos used to be an emergency food program, and now it's more of a necessity. They actually budget around what we give them," Alba said. "A lot of the families just don't have a choice there, that's just what they have to do."
If 2nd District Judge Nan Nash decides this month in favor of the two oncologists and one terminally ill cancer patient who brought the suit, prescribing fatal drugs to terminally ill patients will no longer be a fourth-degree felony.
Doctors in four other states can legally do it: Vermont, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
The Albuquerque Journal covers the ban on same-sex marriage on the Navajo Nation. The ban is in the headlines because of the New Mexico Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in New Mexico. The Navajo Nation is a sovereign nation and has its own laws.
“When this governor took over we had a huge deficit, like many states did back then,” Nick Maniatis, director of the New Mexico Film Office, said of Gov. Susana Martinez, who came in three years ago. “They were looking for ways to cut, and one thing they looked at was the unlimited cap we had for film. They put on a $50 million rolling cap, meaning that we can go over that cap in a given year but the people that are over it will get paid in the following fiscal year.”
Being and adjunct professor isn't all that great, the Albuquerque Journal finds. The story quotes Robert Anderson -- a professor at Central New Mexico Community College and former candidate for Congress as a member of the Green Party. I took a political science course of his at CNM years ago.
Carlsbad's police chief suddenly retired and a former Eddy County sheriff may be his replacement.
Joline Gutierrez-Krueger profiles Geeks Who Drink, the highly popular pub quiz. I remember going just about every Wednesday for about a year, riding our bikes down Washington to O'Niell's. Of all the times we went, we won exactly once. I'd say we finished in the top-five (of anywhere from 20-35+ teams) less than a handful of times.