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Gov. Martinez Sizes Up State Of New Mexico

on January 17, 2017 - 8:41pm

Gov. Susana Martinez delivers her State of the State Address at the opening of today's 2017 60-Day Legislative Session. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Starting the seventh year of her eight year term, New Mexico’s Republican Gov. Susana Martinez called for much the same medicine she has prescribed all along: lower taxes, fewer regulations, more schooling choices and accountability and better tools for the courts and law enforcement to fight drunk driving and crime.

“Let’s take another look at our tax system,” she said.

Speaker Egolf Announces New Committee Chairs

on January 17, 2017 - 8:10pm

STATE POLITICAL News:

SANTA FE – Today, on the first day of the 53rd Legislature, House Speaker Egolf announced committee chair appointments. Committee Chairs reside over committee hearings and assist the Speaker in moving bills through the legislative process. 

The Committee Chair positions are as follows:

House Education Committee

  • Chair Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos)
  • Vice Chair Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque)

House Appropriations & Finance Committee

  • Chair Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup)
  • Vice Chair George Dodge (D-Santa Rosa)

House Agriculture & Water Committee

  • Chair Bill Gomez

Rep. Brian Egolf Elected Speaker Of The House Of Representatives By Acclamation

on January 17, 2017 - 7:54pm

Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) being sworn in today after elected by acclamation as Speaker of the New Mexico House. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

Lisa Ortiz-McCutcheon takes oath of office after elected as Chief Clerk of the House. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

Wilfred Quintana takes oath of office today after being elected as House Sergeant-at-Arms. Courtesy/New Mexico House Democratic Caucus

STATE POLITICAL News:

  • Speaker Egolf’s Top Priorities are Jobs and the Economy

SANTA FE The New Mexico House of Representatives today elected, by acclamation, Rep.

Jan. 24 Council Work Session: Strategic Plan Update

on January 17, 2017 - 7:17pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council has set an agenda item for its upcoming Council work session Tuesday, Jan. 24 to discuss its Strategic Plan. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the conference room inside Building 1 at Pajarito Cliffs Site.

The strategic plan was first adopted in 2011 and goals are reviewed and updated annually by the council to provide direction to the staff, who then develop Management Action Plans (MAPs) to achieve the goals.

The vision statement adopted by the Council six years ago is:

Los Alamos is a world-renowned community where discovery and innovation

Governor Addresses 2017 New Mexico Legislature

on January 17, 2017 - 2:21pm

Gov. Susana Martinez addresses today's opening of the 2017 60-Day Legislative Session underway at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. First Husband Chuck Franco is seated at the right of the Governor. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, left, and Speaker of the House Brian Egolf. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe is recognized on the House Floor today prior to Gov. Susana Martinez' State of the State Address during the opening of the 2017 Legislative Session. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov.

2017 Legislative Session Gets Underway

on January 17, 2017 - 12:58pm

Scene from the floor of the New Mexico House of Representatives today as the 2017 60-Day Session of the Legislature gets underway at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

As the 2017 Legislative Session gets underway today at the State Capitol, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver swears in Dist. 47 Rep. Brian Egolf who was elected by acclamation as Speaker of the House by acclamation. The Democrat previously served as the Minority Leader in the House. Photo

Letter To The Editor: Education Mil Levies Merit Support

on January 17, 2017 - 8:50am
By ROBERT GIBSON
Los Alamos

Tax proposals deserve very critical scrutiny. A tax should be for a legitimate valuable public purpose and should truly be for that purpose. There should be reasonable expectation the funds will be used well. And there should be no other reasonable alternative to further burdening citizens. Few tax proposals meet all those criteria.

The present proposals for a continued mil levy (property tax) to support LA Public Schools reconstruction bonds and an increase for operations at UNM-LA are rare instances that do satisfy those standards.

This community is based on

Letter To The Editor: UNM-LA Mil Levy - An Investment Now And For The Future

on January 17, 2017 - 7:45am
By Dr. Sheila Schiferl
Los Alamos

We moved here in 1977, and I took FORTRAN at the UNM branch. Later, our college poetry class included the town library director, a dean of instruction, several lab scientists and tech writers, and some retired community members. It also included a few "traditional" teenage college students, each with a spark that the rest of us tried to help grow.

What an amazing idea. Here is a school that has been integrating itself into the community, and vice versa, for decades. In the late 1990’s, X-Division encouraged its scientists to teach classes at UNM-LA.

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