White House memo proposes immigration fix

Last week’s release of an internal memo regarding ways to help some temporary immigrants extend their stay in the United States shouldn’t raise hopes or concerns. But it’s good to see the Obama administration is looking at the possibilities and contingencies in advance of possible policy changes. The internal memo sent to Alejandro Mayorkas, head […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Governor proposes ethics and campaign finance reforms, domestic partnerships for unmarried same-sex couples

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson warned Tuesday of possible government worker layoffs in the coming year if state agency budgets are slashed and he declared his opposition to reinstating the sales tax on food to deal with New Mexico’s financial problems. On the opening day of the Legislature’s 30-day session, Richardson […]

Special session: Richardson proposes education cut

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson on Saturday proposed a 1.5 percent cut in education spending as New Mexico lawmakers during a special legislative session decide how to backfill a $650 million hole in this year’s state budget. The proposal to cut public schools and colleges by at least $40 million was a turnabout […]

Working class will foot bill in tax cut plan

Freedom New Mexico Sen. Barack Obama proposes a welfare

Richardson proposes help for New Mexicans

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is asking lawmakers to approve about $200 million in rebates, tax breaks and other assistance to New Mexico families in a special legislative session that could begin in just a few weeks. Richardson outlined a wide-ranging spending plan — everything from tax-free refrigerator purchases to road […]