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County Fears GRT Loss If LANL Gets Nonprofit Status

on January 20, 2019 - 12:28pm

The NSSB Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL
 
By REBECCA MOSS

Los Alamos County officials are concerned that a stream of gross receipts tax revenues from Los Alamos National Laboratory – tens of millions of dollars a year – could dry up in coming months if the lab’s new management contractor obtains nonprofit status from the IRS.

Under current state law, 501(c)(3) status would exempt the lab from the tax, and the state and county would lose revenue for critical services including the fire department, roadway infrastructure, the local transit

Reps. Chandler, Gonzales, McQueen Co-Sponsoring Bill To Protect Native Wildlife And Companion Animals

on January 20, 2019 - 10:40am
Photo by J. E. Newman
 
WildEarth Guardians News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE—Drivers in Albuquerque and Las Cruces are confronting a brutal reality about wildlife management in New Mexico thanks to a series of billboards, bus shelter ads, and bus banners recently unveiled by WildEarth Guardians.
 
The billboards feature a bobcat in a steel leg-hold trap with the message “Trapping is Torture: Protect Public Lands.” The billboards were deployed this month in an effort to mobilize popular support to support for a New Mexico legislative campaign to ban trapping on public lands.
 
It’s a message New

Luján Statement On President Trump’s Speech

on January 20, 2019 - 10:31am

Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján

From the Office of Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján:

SANTA FE – Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) issued the following statement on the President’s address:

“What the American people were expecting to see today was immediate action to open the federal government. There is no reason that 800,000 federal employees continue to be held hostage due to the President’s failed leadership. Small businesses and local governments across America are being hurt as a result of the Trump shutdown.

“Democrats have been clear from day one.

Morales Adds Visibility To Lieutenant Governor’s Role

on January 20, 2019 - 9:54am
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales on the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session Tuesday at the Roundhouse. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
Lt. Gov. Howie Morales Tuesday on the first day of the 54th New Mexico legislative session. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
A bell on a desk greeted visitors to the lieutenant governor's office during Howie Morales' first couple weeks on the job.
 
Ring for service, a sign said.
 
Not particularly glamorous, it seemed to sum up the office of lieutenant governor, which

New Mexico True Collaborates For National Park Gateway Communities

on January 20, 2019 - 9:47am
New Mexico True is collaborating for National Park Gateway Communities. Courtesy/MTD
 
NMTD News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Tourism Department—in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department—launched a new campaign including a consumer webpage to minimize negative impact of the partial federal government shutdown to gateway communities.
 
New Mexico and its 15 National Park Service (NPS) units have been directly impacted by the partial shutdown.

U.S. Senators Udall, Heinrich Introduce Bills To Reduce Cost Of Prescription Drugs

on January 20, 2019 - 8:42am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have introduced two pieces of legislation aimed at reducing the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs.
 
“Skyrocketing prescription drug prices have been squeezing families and seniors across New Mexico for far too long,” Udall said. “New Mexicans shouldn’t have to choose between life-saving treatments and putting food on the table. We must act now to provide a meaningful solution so that our health care system is no longer at the mercy of corporate executives padding their bottom line.

Ringside Seat: Keep An Open Capitol

on January 19, 2019 - 11:48am
The east entrance to the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
One of several statues and sculptures on the grounds of the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Local government liaison David Trujillo, right, looks over the rotunda Tuesday at the State Capitol Building in Santa Fe. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By MILAN SIMONICH
 
What a spectacular place the New Mexico Capitol is.
 
Millions of dollars of artworks line the walls.

House Democrats Announce ‘Rocket Docket’ Bills

on January 19, 2019 - 10:38am
NMHD News:
 
SANTA FE Speaker Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) and House Democrats have announced the House bills that will be on the “rocket docket” for Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
 
House Democrats are eager to expedite these bipartisan bills to create economic progress for New Mexicans and keep the legislature moving forward in this historic legislative session.
 
The following House bills will be on the rocket docket:
 

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