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Luján: To Combat Climate Change We Need a Workforce Prepared to Work in a Clean Energy Economy

on May 17, 2013 - 7:43am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District and a member of the Safe Climate Caucus spoke on the House floor last night about how enhancing green job training programs at community colleges can prepare workers for careers in a clean energy economy that helps address the impacts of climate change.

The Safe Climate Caucus, a group of Democratic members who are highlighting the need for action on climate change through daily floor speeches and other activities. Watch Luján's speech here:

Letter to the Editor: 501c4 Organizations!

on May 16, 2013 - 10:39am
501c4 Organizations!
Los Alamos

I believe the IRS should withdraw all tax exempt status from any organization which endorses any political candidate.

This should extend to other categories in addition to this particular 501c organization group, including religious and social organizations!

No 501c organization should be allowed to make contributions to PACs or to candidates. Certainly political action groups are allowed to do whatever they want but they should not be tax exempt. Any tax exempt 501c organization should make public their financial contributors!


NMDOT Seeks Public Comment on STIP

on May 16, 2013 - 9:41am


SANTA FE—The public is invited to comment on the New Mexico Department of Transportation’s 8th amendment to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP.) 

The program will serve as a four year plan for the state’s federal aid highway program. The STIP contains proposed road and bridge projects and is required under the federal legislation. Projects on the list are on federal and state highways (roads with I, U.S. or NM designations).

The NMDOT has posted the 2012-2015 STIP amendment on the Internet asking for public comment until Thursday, June 20. In addition, NMDOT

In Focus Looks at Texas Water Rustling; NM Tea Party Scrutiny From IRS

on May 16, 2013 - 9:10am

Attorney General Gary King

NM PBS News:

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King talks about the state’s water battle with Texas on this week’s edition of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, airing 7 p.m. Friday, May 17 on New Mexico PBS/KNME 5.1.

With both states mired in historic droughts, every drop of water has the potential to be contentious. The A.G. says it amounts to “water rustling” but is there anything the state can do to prevent a Texan water grab?

Also on the program, open government issues still swirl around King and the Martinez administration as the two prepare to do battle in 2014.


Udall Addresses DOJ's Collection of AP Records, IRS Targeting and Mineral Royalties Bill

on May 15, 2013 - 7:29am
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On his weekly radio press conference call Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall discussed legislation he's introducing with Wyoming's senators to protect New Mexico’s mineral royalties from sequestration cuts.
He also expressed strong concern over the Department of Justice’s collection of Associated Press phone records and reacted to reports that the IRS targeted groups based on political ideology.
Below are highlights from Udall’s remarks:
0:00 – Udall

Udall Initiative Would Increase Graduation Rate, Help Underperforming Schools

on May 15, 2013 - 7:00am
Sen. Tom Udall
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With graduation season underway, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., introduced a bill today that would increase the graduation rate in New Mexico and across the nation.
Nationwide, approximately one-fifth of high school students drop out of school each year. According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, the state's graduation rate was 70.3 percent in 2012, with a 67.7 percent rate for Hispanic students and 64.9 percent for Native Americans.

Luján Cosponsors Bill to Protect New Mexico Royalty Payments from Sequester Cuts

on May 15, 2013 - 6:51am

Rep. Ben Ray Luján

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District joined with a number of Representatives from Western states to introduce legislation that protects state mineral royalty payments from cuts due to the sequester.

The States Mineral Protection Act allows states the option of directly collecting their share of federal mineral royalties under the Mineral Leasing Act.