Luján said in an interview Monday that he and Pelosi first talked about the position a week ago. Pelosi asked him to keep it quiet, he said. “My mom’s the only person I spoke to about it,” he said. At a news conference about the appointment on Monday, Luján apologized for being late, saying, “I couldn’t get Mom off the phone.”
despite repeated statements by state officials that New Mexico's bid was competitive.
However, a high-ranking state lawmaker and an official with knowledge of the state’s bid, tell KRQE News 13 that New Mexico’s offer was less than $300 million – less than a quarter of what Nevada had on the table. Those two sources differed on the exact amount.
and New Mexico's bid. Nothing super specific, but it is worth mentioning the phrase "right to work" doesn't appear anywhere in the article. But the owner of the legal Nevada brothel Mustang Ranch was involved, surprisingly.
. There have been problems with data of many teacher evaluations that the PED has blamed on individual districts.
One thing to watch is the percentage of the evaluations based on student evaluations.
But some on the committee, including Republican Sen. Gay Kernan of Hobbs, would still like to see the state decrease the percentage of student measurements, including test scores, used to make up 50 percent of that evaluation.
Skandera said the PED isn't willing to compromise on that issue.
. He also says it would benefit the state economically.
He said that he's spoken to several in the legislature about changing the state's laws that today require anyone joining a unionized force to also join the union. This year, several are expecting the measure to pass the New Mexico House of Representatives, which is newly Republican controlled.
"It's a political sword, and I know that," he said.
Will legislation to freeze changes to PERA happen at next year's legislative session? Well, it
. The counties say that they don't know how much money each county will get each year for the funding for healthcare for those who do not have the means to pay for it.
Under the current SNCP program, every county dedicates an amount equivalent to one-twelfth of 1 percent of taxable gross receipts to the indigent care fund.
The funds then go to qualifying hospitals under an agreement with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which allocates the federal matching funds, but on a system that has made the matching amounts unpredictable.
The foundation shows the premium for the silver plan – used as a benchmark for calculating federal subsidies under the Affordable Healthcare Act – will decrease by 11.8 percent in New Mexico in 2015, compared to a nationwide average reduction of 0.2 percent.
A separate proposal by Miyagishima was to include a list of 15 types of employees or businesses that would be excluded from paying the city's minimum wage rate. Miyagishima said he'd based that idea off the federal government's exemptions to its minimum wage ordinance and found a list of exclusions on the Internet. He said he learned recently, however, that full federal list comprises about 100 exemptions, something he doesn't support.
New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange board members
. The legislation would impose a tax on junk food like candy or potato chips and put the revenue towards health and wellness programs. This isn't the first time the Council has passed such legislation, but it was previously vetoed by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly. Supporters of the legislation say that they believe Shelly is likely to sign this version.
"After the success of last year's forums, we decided that we should make this an annual event. We went into the last session better prepared to fight for our constituents," Brandt said in a statement. "The capital outlay forum gave us and the community the opportunity to see and better understand the needs of our districts. Now, we are prepared to give an update on how state dollars are meeting those needs."