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USDA Seeks Applications For Technology Grants To Expand Access To Health Care; Education In Rural Areas

on April 15, 2018 - 6:37am
USDA News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced Friday that USDA is accepting applications for grants to use broadband e-Connectivity to improve access to health care and educational services in rural communities.
“Under Secretary Perdue’s leadership, USDA is tackling e-Connectivity as a foundational issue for rural communities because it affects everything from business opportunities to adequate health care access,” Hazlett said.

Pearce Questions CFPB Acting Director Mulvaney

on April 15, 2018 - 5:58am
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce Wednesday attended the House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “The 2018 Semi-Annual Report of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection” with Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Acting Director Mick Mulvaney to raise issues concerning the impact of the CFPB’s mortgage regulations on rural communities.
“Nearly half of the families in rural communities throughout New Mexico live in manufactured housing and depend on having access to manufactured housing loans.

Birnbaum: Let's Not Wait Until A Serious Security Breach Occurs...

on April 14, 2018 - 4:48pm
Los Alamos

The awarding of a road construction contract by NNSA to improve NM 4 and 502 was great news, but I wish NNSA would give some serious thought to also replacing the old, rusting, painted iron railings of the Omega bridge with a more modern, functional, aluminum railing that will not rust. It makes a pretty ugly gateway to Los Alamos and LANL with the rust stains running down the concrete and the corrosion of the railing mounts. At the very least, the cracked concrete holding the mounts should be repaired and the mounts replaced and/or repainted as necessary.


Letter To The Editor: Money In politics?

on April 14, 2018 - 9:06am
Former Representative

I was shocked when I saw in the newspapers that some legislative races of state representative cost $100,000 in our state, the corker was $250,000 for a senate race. This was somewhat earlier in the campaigns, maybe a couple of years ago.

I served 16 years as the state representative for Los Alamos County and one term as a county councilor, plus a year as the governor’s cabinet secretary for finance and administration. I also spent 10 years as the chief bill analyst for the House and Senate at various times.

Letter To The Editor: A Hardworking Judge Who Learns Quickly

on April 14, 2018 - 5:48am
Santa Fe


District Court Judge Gregory S. Shaffer and I worked together at the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA). I was the State Controller and Financial Control Division Director; he was an attorney.


As a financial oversight entity, accounting is ingrained in DFA’s work and the statutes it administers. Greg quickly mastered the accounting concepts necessary to provide the highest level of legal service to the Department.

Opening Statement Of Ranking Member Heinrich On Addressing Future Security Challenges

on April 14, 2018 - 5:00am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
WASHINGTON, D.C.  Wednesday, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities held a hearing, "United States Special Operations Command's Efforts to Transform the Force for Future Security Challenges."
Below is the opening statement of Ranking Member Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as prepared for delivery.
Let me begin by thanking Senator Ernst for holding this hearing on the efforts of SOCOM's service component commands to transform our special operations forces for the missions they may be asked to

U.S. Rep. Lujan Grisham Votes To Protect Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits And Social Security

on April 13, 2018 - 3:48pm
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) will vote against a strict amendment to the constitution that will mandate federal revenues equal outlays each year. The amendment does not exempt Medicare, Medicaid, veteran benefits, and Social Security. 
The amendment comes after CBO projects that federal deficits will increase dramatically to $1 trillion by 2020 after the passage of the tax bill that will cost taxpayers $1.8 trillion even after economic growth is factored in.
“Congress must reject a

State Auditor Releases GAO Report On Financial Disclosures For New Mexico Elected Officials

on April 13, 2018 - 3:41pm
State Auditor Wayne Johnson
SANTA FE ­ State Auditor Wayne Johnson Wednesday released a compilation of financial disclosures for New Mexico elected officials, including all six state-wide elected positions like Governor and State Auditor, and all members of the Legislature.
The report, compiled by the State Auditor’s Government Accountability Office (GAO), compiles seven data points from the disclosure forms and makes the information available to New Mexicans in one easy-to-read format.