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Secrist: We Need 6 Percent For All...

on February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
By DAN SECRIST
Executive Vice President, Steward
CWA, Local 7076

We Need 6% for All Why are Democrats treating state workers unfairly? Santa Fe, New Mexico: Yesterday the the State House of Representatives passed their budget proposal for FY 2020. Educators, Judges, and a few others, are getting 6%. Most state workers are only getting 4%.

We seriously question the priorities of the Democratic leadership of the state. To say we are deeply disappointed is an understatement. Setting a double standard on pay is wrong.

We have nothing against other workers being properly compensated, but

State Game Commission Reform Passes House

on February 22, 2019 - 4:34pm
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE Yesterday, the House of Representatives took a step towards reforming the State Game Commission by passing House Bill 263, State Game Commission Changes.
 
House Bill 263 would move the Commission towards more scientific and inclusive decision-making by diversifying the membership, adding stability, and reducing political influence.
 
“New Mexico needs a more professional and less political Game Commission,” Rep. Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo) said. “Our wildlife resources—including hunting and fishing—are critical to more than $1 billion in outdoor

House Sends $7 Billion Budget Plan To Senate

on February 22, 2019 - 7:44am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
 
By ANDREW OXFORD
The state House of Representatives approved a $7 billion budget on Thursday, sending to the Senate a plan for the next fiscal year that would provide nearly half a billion dollars in additional funds for public schools but which Republicans say amounts to an outsize increase in government spending.
 
House Bill 2 would mark an 11 percent bump in New Mexico's budget, drawing on a surplus fueled by an oil and gas boom.

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 22

on February 22, 2019 - 6:53am
Angelica Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M., a Highlands University freshman, sings during a performance by the Vaqueros de Highlands University mariachi group Thursday in the Capitol Rotunda. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
SFNM News:
 
Days remaining in the session: 22
 
Mandela visit: The grandson of the late South African president Nelson Mandela will appear Mondayat the state Capitol.
 
Ndaba Mandela, 36, will address a joint education committee of the state Legislature. A writer, he will be on his first visit to New Mexico.
 
House Majority Leader Sheryl Williams

NWS: Today’s High Near 36, Tonight’s Low Around 19

on February 22, 2019 - 6:43am

The National Weather Service forecasts a strong storm in Arizona that will transport deep layer moisture to western and north central New Mexico today, where moderate to heavy snow will fall. The heaviest snow will fall along the west slopes and higher peaks of the mountains. Today’s high near 36 in Los Alamos with a 90 percent chance of daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Tonight’s low around 19 with an 80 percent chance of new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

Courtesy/NWS

NWS: 1-3 Inches Of Snow Tonight & 3-7 Inches Friday

on February 21, 2019 - 8:32pm

The National Weather Service forecasts a 70 percent chance of snow tonight with wind gusts as high as 35 mph and a total nighttime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Friday’s high near 36 with a 90 percent chance of snow and a total accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Courtesy/NWS

House, Senate Pass Competing Bills On Time Change

on February 21, 2019 - 8:18pm
By MILAN SIMONICH
If the moon turns blue or a million-to-one shot comes in, New Mexico legislators might be able to agree that time marches on.
 
But, chances are, the Senate and the House of Representatives would still have opposite views of what the clock should say.
 
Senators today voted 25-17 for a bill to permanently keep New Mexico on daylight saving time.
 
Members of the House earlier this week took a stand that's 180 degrees different. They voted 35-32 to exempt New Mexico from daylight saving time.

FBI Seeks Two Men Who Robbed Albuquerque Bank

on February 21, 2019 - 8:15pm

Anyone who recognizes this man is urged to call the FBI at at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI

 

Anyone who recognizes the getaway truck is urged to call the FBI at at 505.889.1300 or Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 505.843.STOP. Courtesy/FBI

 

The second suspect who robbed the Bank of the West on 780 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE today in Albuquerque. Courtesy/FBI

 

FBI News:

 

The FBI and Albuquerque Police Department are looking for two men who robbed Bank of the West, 780 Juan Tabo Blvd.

Steinhaus On Education Agenda At Legislature

on February 21, 2019 - 4:55pm
Los Alamos High School student liaisons to the LAPS Board of Education on the floor of the House of Representaives Feb. 18, hosted by Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, center. Students include seniors Sonyia Williams and Priscilla Marquez and Juniors Justin Pena, Ogden Berry, Zoe Butler and Ethan Rushton. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus has been closely monitoring the New Mexico Legislature this session.

Charter School Moratorium Advances In House

on February 21, 2019 - 4:39pm
By MILAN SIMONICH
New Mexico moved a step closer Wednesday to halting the growth of charter schools.
 
The House Education Committee voted 10-3 for a bill that would place a moratorium on new charter schools from June 14 of this year until Jan. 1, 2022.
 
Freshman Rep. Jack Chatfield, R-Mosquero, joined the Democrats on the committee in voting for the moratorium. The proposal, House Bill 434, would not cap enrollment at New Mexico's 96 charter schools, nor would it seek to close any of them. They have a collective enrollment of more than 26,000.
 
But the

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