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Las Cruces, NM – Border militias. A look at the rising tension and violence against Mexican immigrants in the American Southwest Desert with Salon.com writer Max Blumenthal.

Las Cruces, NM – Mesilla Valley Hospital has added a new department to its mental health facilities.

Las Cruces, NM – Women may now have an increased defense against violence in Southern New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – In the midst of its historic closeness to Earth, a Las Cruces astronomer is helping the effort to prove there was once water on the planet Mars.

Las Cruces, NM – Officials say a spaceport in southern New Mexico could be up and running as soon as 2005.

Las Cruces, NM – New Mexico State University is one step closer to getting a new president.

Las Cruces, NM – A nonpartisan group called "The Concord Coalition" is watching Congress closely as the nation's lawmakers tackle the issues of the federal debt, the federal budget, and Medicare. The coalition is led by two former senators- Warren Rudman of New Hampshire and Bob Kerrey of Nebraska. Gayle Gerdes is the Western Regional Director for the coalition. Bob Mitchell talks with Gerdes about the coalition, and about its goals.

Las Cruces, NM – The renovation of a historic theater may help revitalize downtown business in Las Cruces.

Las Cruces, NM – A national study suggests urban sprawl in Las Cruces may lead to obesity and heart disease among the city's residents.

Las Cruces, NM – A viewing at NMSU's Clyde Tombaugh Observatory was well attended, but cloudy skies left everyone disappointed. Another event is set for this weekend.

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Rubel: Giving Up Hope For A Practical Third Party Candidate

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Gessing: Las Cruces Voters Should Reject Big Tax Hike In Bond Election

21 hours ago

  Commentary: Las Cruces voters are currently casting mail-in ballots to decide the fate of a proposed property-tax hike aimed at generating millions of dollars for various expenditures that proponents claim will improve the city’s “quality of life.”

Unfortunately, there is often a good deal of misinformation about the overall size and impact of tax hikes, especially increases in property taxes. Voters need all the facts before making their decisions.

The 2.1 percent millage rate hike now being considered represents a 7.3 percent tax increase for most residential property owners. That is a sizeable expansion, especially given the rapid rate of growth in the city’s gross receipts tax. Today, the GRT rate in Las Cruces is 8.3125 percent. Back in 2014, that rate was “just” 7.5625 percent — meaning that the levy’s burden expanded by approximately 10 percent over the last four years alone.

New Mexico Health Connections Files Suit Against Federal Government

23 hours ago

Commentary: New Mexico Health Connections filed a lawsuit challenging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) issuance of an emergency regulation for the ACA risk adjustment program for 2017. At the same time, Health Connections also filed an immediate motion for a summary judgment asking the court to take expedited action to strike down the emergency rule.

Can U.S.-Mexico Relations Improve?

Aug 13, 2018

Commentary: In my last column, I wrote about Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s (AMLO) letter to U.S. President Donald Trump in which he states that the issues most crucial to the U.S.-Mexico relationship are commerce, immigration, development, and security. In the letter, he also proposes that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations should be accelerated and wrapped up as quickly as possible, so as to not create a prolonged uncertainty over NAFTA that could put a stop to new investments in the medium- to long-term. On July 20, Trump sent AMLO a letter in response.

Trump’s letter to AMLO states that he agrees with the four issues outlined by the Mexican President-elect and that he has directed his team “to redouble those efforts with your incoming team.” Trump tells AMLO that “Both of our countries benefit from an economically prosperous North America. But we can do better.” He then echoes AMLO’s position on NAFTA  by stating, “I believe a successful renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement will lead to even more jobs and higher wages for hard-working American and Mexican workers – but only if it can go quickly, because otherwise I must go a much different route. It would not be my preference, but would be far more profitable for the United States and its taxpayers.” What this specific route would be or why it would be far more profitable for Americans is not clarified.

New Mexico Has One Of The Nation's Lowest Gas Taxes...Will It Last?

Aug 12, 2018
Dowd Muska

  Commentary: You won’t find any specific mentions of New Mexico’s gasoline tax on the websites of the two leading candidates for governor. Steve Pearce is silent on the issue. Michelle Lujan Grishamcryptically promises to “work with the legislature to secure financing for [infrastructure] investments and work with unions, industry, and other stakeholders to put people back to work at rebuilding New Mexico.” (Decide for yourself what that means.)

But there’s no question that in the Land of Enchantment, nearly every Democrat lawmaker, and more than a few Republican solons, want you to pay more at the pump. After all, there’s plenty of room for growth. As the Tax Foundation’s map shows, the state has one of the lowest total gasoline-tax burdens in the country. (In addition to the per-gallon charge, an “inventory tax” is imposed on distributors and wholesalers and a “loading fee” is assessed to pipelines and refineries.) Even “worse,” no local government has imposed the optional tax permitted by statute.

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