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New Mexico lawmakers shun plan to tap permanent fund - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 18:24

KRQE News 13

New Mexico lawmakers shun plan to tap permanent fund
KRQE News 13
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Republican lawmakers are spurning a proposal to tap New Mexico's largest permanent reserve fund to boost spending on early childhood education programs. The proposed constitutional amendment to divert funds from the New ...
Proposal to pay New Mexico lawmakers clears committeeAlbuquerque Journal

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Snow makes things difficult in northern New Mexico - KOAT Albuquerque

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 18:14

KOAT Albuquerque

Snow makes things difficult in northern New Mexico
KOAT Albuquerque
New Mexico Department of Transportation workers really had their work cut out for them. Their big plows focused on some of the hardest hit spots, including Santa Fe and Glorieta. But there were plenty of problems even further north, including Taos ...

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New Mexico coal mine sale finalized - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 17:12

KRQE News 13

New Mexico coal mine sale finalized
KRQE News 13
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – The sale of a mine in northwestern New Mexico that feeds one of the state's largest coal-fired power plants is now complete. Officials with BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal said Monday they have finalized the sale of the San Juan ...

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New Mexico’s Other Cache of Unspent Money

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Mon, 2016-02-01 16:55

Kevin Robinson-Avila, in today’s Albuquerque Journal, had a good overview of the state’s two permanent funds. As usual, they’re under siege by liberals who seek to siphon more revenue for “public investments.”

The two funds are mighty tempting targets. Together, they are worth nearly $20 billion — more than state government spends in an entire year.

But as the left dreams of using New Mexico’s “sovereign wealth” on another round of doomed-to-fail programs, attention may turn to another fund. The state’s budget reserve, according to the governor’s spending plan for the 2017 fiscal year, is $505 million, or 8.1 percent of “recurring appropriations.” As Medicaid costs balloon and the oil-and-gas industry continues to suffer, look for that share to dwindle, even though the Legislative Finance Committee prefers that the rainy-day kitty be kept at 10 percent.

With “new money” predicted to be just $30 million in the 2017 fiscal year, look for pols to start eyeing the budget reserve. A half-billion dollars can make a big contribution toward successful denial of fiscal realities.

Hospital drama returns to New Mexico for third season - CT Post

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 16:43

Hospital drama returns to New Mexico for third season
CT Post
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — NBC's hospital drama "The Night Shift" will be returning to New Mexico to film its third season. The New Mexico Film Office made the announcement Monday. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis says principal photography will be ...

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Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico - Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 15:09

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Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico
Santa Fe New Mexican
Full Medicaid coverage now extends to 748,000 adults and children — about 36 percent of New Mexico's 2.1 million residents, according to the state Human Service Department. The Affordable Care Act allowed states to extend coverage to childless adults ...
Medicaid edges out political agendas in NMFarmington Daily Times

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Finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 14:46

KRQE News 13

Finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus
KRQE News 13
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Tech says the five finalists for its presidency are visiting the Socorro university and that the Board of Regents will make a selection on Feb. 19. The finalists are visiting the campus this week for forums with faculty ...

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New Mexico's Internet is getting faster — see which areas have improved the most - Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 13:54

Albuquerque Business First (blog)

New Mexico's Internet is getting faster — see which areas have improved the most
Albuquerque Business First (blog)
The FCC's 2016 Broadband Progress Report shows that New Mexico has made strides in achieving faster Internet over the past year. Efforts to improve the area's broadband infrastructure have spanned public and private efforts, including legislative ...

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Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico - KCBD-TV

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 13:40

Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico
KCBD-TV
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Rising costs for health care linked to the expansion of Medicaid in New Mexico are crowding out initiatives sought by Gov. Susan Martinez. She was only the second Republican governor to break ranks with GOP allies and expand ...

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Does New Mexico’s history doom it to poverty?

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Mon, 2016-02-01 13:24

The Journal’s Winthrop Quigley had an interesting column over the weekend in which he detailed how New Mexico’s history of colonization and violence make it “anti-business.” While we’ve had our disagreements with Quigley, he hits on a number of truths in his article. Nonetheless, I want to weigh in with my own thoughts here:

1) It is interesting to me that Quigley almost constantly uses “right to work” to as an entree to discussing what he believes doesn’t work in terms of economic reforms. He’d never launch into a fatalistic discussion of New Mexico’s long and challenging history by denigrating the potential of early childhood programs or Medicaid expansion. He also fails to address more than a dozen other reforms that the Republican-controlled House has passed in recent years only to be killed without so much as a vote in the Senate. He just dismisses “right to work” as “not a solution” and moves on.

2) Quigley notes the lack of trust for outsiders in New Mexico. Interestingly, free market capitalism, despite its “dog-eat-dog” reputation, requires a great deal of trust. That trust usually results in benefits for all parties involved in a free exchange, but trust is nonetheless required. Trust is indeed lacking in New Mexico due in part to its history of colonialism and political corruption.

3) Cultures change. A recent report noted that New Mexico’s corruption has been enabled by the federal government. The loss of federal spending and now, significant oil and gas revenues, mean that change is imperative. The old ways never worked particularly well. Now, they are being exposed as a total failure. It is time for New Mexicans to embrace free markets and build the trust necessary to create a robust private sector.

New Mexico rescue team ready for more missions - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 12:52

New Mexico rescue team ready for more missions
KRQE News 13
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It's a chilly 35 degrees at this high school track where several Rio Rancho firefighters gather for their pack test. Each one loads 25 pounds into their weight pack for two brisk miles. They have to finish in 30 minutes or less if ...

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New Mexico Bests NMSU in Rivalry Dual Meet - SwimSwam

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 12:22

SwimSwam

New Mexico Bests NMSU in Rivalry Dual Meet
SwimSwam
Closing out the season with an in-state rivalry meet, New Mexico swam to victory over New Mexico State on Saturday. New Mexico posted a 153-142 win while honoring 3 seniors for their senior day. Stock Photo via Mike Lewis/Ola Vista Photography ...

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Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico - KRQE News 13

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 12:20

KRQE News 13

Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico
KRQE News 13
SANTA FE (AP) – Rising costs for health care linked to the expansion of Medicaid in New Mexico are crowding out initiatives sought by Gov. Susan Martinez. She was only the second Republican governor to break ranks with GOP allies and expand Medicaid.

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Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico - SFGate

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 12:13

Medicaid edges out political agendas in New Mexico
SFGate
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Rising health care costs linked to the expansion of Medicaid in New Mexico combined with faltering state revenues are crowding out initiatives sought by Gov. Susana Martinez. In January 2013, Martinez became only the second ...

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New Mexico Senate attempts to slowdown bills in committees - The Olympian

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 10:54

New Mexico Senate attempts to slowdown bills in committees
The Olympian
Republican-backed bills that sailed through New Mexico's GOP-led House are facing a bumpier ride in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Last week, Senate Democrats announced they have assigned bills related to REAL ID, strengthening three strike laws ...

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5 finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus - KLTV

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 09:28

5 finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus
KLTV
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Tech says the five finalists for its presidency are visiting the Socorro university and that the Board of Regents will make a selection on Feb. 19. The finalists are visiting the campus this week for forums with faculty ...

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5 finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus - KCBD-TV

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 09:28

5 finalists for New Mexico Tech presidency visiting campus
KCBD-TV
SOCORRO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Tech says the five finalists for its presidency are visiting the Socorro university and that the Board of Regents will make a selection on Feb. 19. The finalists are visiting the campus this week for forums with faculty ...

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New Mexico Senate attempts to slowdown bills in committees - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 08:56

New Mexico Senate attempts to slowdown bills in committees
Albuquerque Journal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bills that rapidly moved out of the GOP-led House will likely slow down as they move to the Democratic-controlled Senate. That's because Senate Democrats have assigned bills related to REAL ID, strengthening three strike laws and ...

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Proposal to pay New Mexico lawmakers clears committee - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico News from Google ... - Mon, 2016-02-01 08:55

Proposal to pay New Mexico lawmakers clears committee
Albuquerque Journal
SANTA FE, N.M. — A bill that would provide a base salary for New Mexico lawmakers has cleared one committee. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/1QAMtsm) that the legislation that would give legislators a salary of about $45,000 made it ...

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Gessing weighs in on Los Poblanos’ new $15M IRB and IRB’s in general

Errors of Enchantment Blog Postings - Mon, 2016-02-01 08:29

The story is split in two with Gessing’s story starting at approximately the 2:40 mark:

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