Area legislators optimistic on capital outlay requests

Kevin Wilson Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it […]

Bill tracker

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Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Legislators seek input through advertising

Kevin Wilson It’s a long road from eastern New Mexico to Santa Fe, and it’s a tough process once a citizen gets to the New Mexico Legislature. A quartet of local legislators have tried, to noted success, to make the process a two-way street of communication by simply asking, “Tell us what you think.” The […]

Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

Capital outlay wish list cut

Robin Fornoff It was back to the drawing board Saturday for Curry County Commissioners, who said they were told by state legislators to trim their wish list or face possibly getting no money from the state. Commissioners had submitted a $21 million capital outlay request to the state in September. The request was trimmed to […]

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Government has no place to rule on marriage

The unemployment rate in Cleveland County, N.C., hovers just under 12 percent. In North Carolina, the rate is at 10.4 percent. When a major problem affects thousands in North Carolina and Cleveland County, legislators are expected to work for solutions. Instead, ours went looking for another problem. With the state’s economy in peril, legislators decided […]

State spending cuts badly needed

There has been considerable interest from a few Democratic legislators regarding “line-item” or partial vetoes by Gov. Susana Martinez to bills appropriating money during the last legislative session. In one case, the governor vetoed a $128 million tax increase on New Mexico businesses. In the other, she trimmed $100,000 from a housing oversight program. These […]

Don’t let bureaucrats set premiums

Freedom New Mexico State legislators are considering yet another unnecessary, counterproductive law to regulate the health care industry. As last year, with legislation passed in California and the Obamacare health law passed by Congress, this year’s Assembly Bill 52 seeks to control health care costs by using government’s heavy regulatory hand. It approaches the problem […]

Legislative session ends with some gains, some setbacks

Kevin Wilson New Mexico legislators left Santa Fe this weekend, and they are assuming they’ll be gone until September. “But we never know,” said Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs. The 60-day session closed Saturday, with some legislators touting local gains and bemoaning statewide disappointments. Legislators did send a $5.4 billion budget with more than $150 million […]