Weh gave no specifics, but stressed his role as a businessman and veteran as part of his qualifications for the United States Senate.
“I want to tell you that I firmly believe that we can restore the vitality of this country and the vitality of this wonderful state,” Weh said in his announcement. “But hope isn’t a plan. It will take hard work. Americans have never had a shortage of that.”
Weh attempted to buy his way into another Republican Primary in 2010, pouring millions of his own money into a campaign that lost to Susana Martinez by more than 23-points. Weh was repeatedly condemned by his own party’s leadership during his failed 2010 primary campaign for running ads against Martinez that lacked documentation and truth.Steve Terrell wrote about it earlier this week.
Some Democratic legislators have expressed frustration that funding for CYFD and other state agencies has gone unspent by the Gov. Susana Martinez administration, saying it has led to high vacancy rates and a short-handed workforce.
“I do have concerns about it,” Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen, D-Las Cruces, said of the state’s failure to spend that money. “I think trimming the fat (in state government) is good, but you have to be careful you’re not trimming the meat.”
“Gov. Martinez is not familiar with the details of the situation, but understands Gov. Christie took strong action today, which is what she would expect from him,” said Danny Diaz, a spokesman for Martinez’s re-election campaign, in a written statement. “She considers Chris Christie a colleague and friend, and is confident he will handle this matter appropriately.”Top aides for Christie were involved in closing lanes outside the city of a mayor that did not endorse Christie's latest campaign for governor.
But our informal check with veteran lawmakers and legislative leaders shows there’s not much appetite for this issue in the thirty day session that starts January 21 – even among some lawmakers who oppose same-sex marriage.
Fraudulent and improper payments were 2.11 percent of all payments in 2013, a 60 percent decrease from 5.22 percent in 2012, Martinez said in a news release. That amounts to $10 million saved.
Rep. Roberto Gonzales, D-Taos, who chairs the state House Transportation Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee, said he will prefile a bill that would allocate $4 million from the state’s general fund for track upgrades in New Mexico. A second bill to be introduced during the 30-day session, which starts Jan. 21, would ask for $4 million from the capital outlay fund, which usually funds special state projects, Gonzales said.
Email and phone messages suggest planning director Martha Perkins was getting pressure from town manager Oscar Rodríguez and town councilor Andrew Gonzáles to issue temporary certificates of occupancy for several units in an affordable housing development known as Taos Haus.
Town officials say the push was to encourage low-income housing in Taos.
“I think there was probably a lot of generalizations and not specifics,” Bilberry said.
The way the program would work, according to New Mexico Game and Fish Biologist Grant Beauprez, is that the energy industry would provide funding for the program, which would in turn be paid out to the farmers and also cover administration costs for the program.
Encana Corp., based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, will invest between $300 million and $350 million in oil wells.
A second company, WPX Energy of Tulsa, Okla., is looking to invest between $148 million to $185 million in the area, according to its third quarter 2013 financial statement.