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  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico State University Art Gallery Director, Marisa Sage, and UAG Educational Art Coordinator, Karen Conley, to talk about the Saturday “OutsmART Workshops” connected to each exhibition. “Light Tricks” by Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley is the current exhibition through March 2nd at the University Art Gallery. The Spring schedule and information is available at www.uag.nmsu.edu.

Forecast still positive for New Mexico state income

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A positive forecast released Friday for state income in New Mexico provided reassurances for legislators who want to increase spending on public education in response to a court order and public concerns.

State economists reaffirmed predictions of a $1.1 billion general fund surplus for the coming fiscal year as oil production grows at a rapid pace.

However, the economists from three state agencies and the Legislature who wrote the forecast warned that the financial windfall could quickly evaporate because of volatility in world energy markets.

Your Legislators: New Mexico State Rep. Nathan Small

5 hours ago

District 36 Democratic State Representative Nathan Small talks about the legislative session and issues facing his district and the state on this episode of "Your Legislators."

Balderas Ready For Legal Fight Over Rio Grande

11 hours ago
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas

 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says the state is in what he describes as a "historic fist fight" with Texas and the U.S. government over management of one of North America's longest rivers.

Balderas made the comments during a presentation this week to members of a key legislative committee as he provided an update of the legal battle that has been simmering before the U.S. Supreme Court since 2013.

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President Trump is expected to declare a national emergency in order to build a southern border wall. As the national debate over a wall rages on, the government has already built new barriers in southern New Mexico. Many advocates on the ground have pushed back against this construction — including conservationists, who worry about the environmental impacts of new barriers.


Water And Gas Meter Upgrades Ahead Of Schedule In Las Cruces

14 hours ago

Completing a project ahead of schedule is always a good thing! In the case of the citywide upgrade of water and gas meters, Las Cruces is seeing an excellent example of the City’s PEAK Performance initiative and is cheering the progress of the project.

Your Weekend Pulse

14 hours ago

KRWG News speaks with editors from the Pulse section at the Las Cruces Sun News.  Get ready for weekend events and much more every Friday during Morning Edition and All Things Considered. .  Become a member, renew, or make an additional gift now.  Thank you.

Chuha lifts New Mexico St. over Utah Valley 84-77

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  LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Eli Chuha had a season-high 21 points plus 10 rebounds as New Mexico State extended its winning streak to 10 games, beating Utah Valley 84-77 on Thursday night.

JoJo Zamora had 17 points for New Mexico State (21-4, 10-1 Western Athletic Conference). Trevelin Queen added 13 points. Clayton Henry had 11 points and nine rebounds for the home team.

AJ Harris, the Aggies' second leading scorer heading into the contest at 10 points per game, failed to make a shot (0 of 5).

New Mexico moves to close loophole on gun background checks

Feb 14, 2019

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposed legislation to expand background checks to nearly all private gun sales in New Mexico cleared its last major hurdle with approval from the state Senate on Thursday.

The 22-20 Senate vote highlighted a marked shift in the politics of firearms regulation in a state with a strong culture of gun ownership. It took place on the anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Rep. Xochitl Torres Small’s Statement on Bipartisan Border Deal

Feb 14, 2019

  Today, Representative Xochitl Torres Small (NM-02) issued the following statement in response to the bipartisan border deal:

 

“I am glad to see leadership of both parties work in good faith to find a compromise that prevents another government shutdown and provides for border security. This negotiation was an example of bipartisan give-and-take, which is why I will support the bill. The bill also provides much needed increases for tribal healthcare programs, new infrastructure projects, and combatting the opioid epidemic. 

 

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DNC Chair Tom Perez

  Commentary: Last year, DNC Chair Tom Perez announced that his goals for the Democratic presidential primary debates are to (1) give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; (2)  showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; (3) present an opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and (4) reach as many potential voters as possible.  Perez announced 12 presidential primary debates to be held over the course of the 2020 cycle, with the first two occurring in June and July of 2019.

Let's Talk about "Radicalism"

Feb 14, 2019
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Commentary: Definition of "radicalism":  the beliefs or actions of people who advocate thorough or complete political or social reform.  Our news pundits toss the word "radical" around attempting to denigrate newly-elected Congressional Democrats.  Allow me to list a few "radical" policies:

  • Radical:  2009 corporate bailouts, rather than adding jobs or increasing wages, enabled CEOs and stockholders to receive generous bonuses and stock buy-backs.
  • Radical:  2018 tax cuts for top brackets caused the deficit to increase up to the trillions.  2018 changes to IRS tax codes result in reducing 2018 tax refunds.
  • Radical:  Economists state "wealth concentration has returned to the excesses of the roaring twenties" - a radical rise in wealth for the super rich.
  • Radical:  The upsurge in billionaires and their share of this nation's capital from poor to rich.  After WWII, the middle class grew and wage earners got raises and benefits.  The 1980s saw the beginning of stagnant workers' wages, benefits cuts and layoffs, yet the 1% grew much wealthier.

New Mexico Workers Celebrate Step Toward Higher Minimum Wage

Feb 14, 2019

Commentary: On Wednesday, low-wage workers celebrated a step toward higher minimum wages for all as the New Mexico House of Representatives voted 44-26 to advance a proposal that would phase-in an increase in the state minimum wage for workers across New Mexico, including tipped workers.

HB 31, sponsored by Representative Miguel Garcia (D-Bernalillo) and Joanne Ferrary (D - District 37), would increase New Mexico's minimum wage from $7.50 to $10.00 beginning July 1, 2019 until reaching $12 an hour in 2021. The bill would also include an annual increase to adjust for inflation, beginning July 1, 2022. The last time there was an increase in minimum wage, it happened in 2009.

Creating a progressive and fair personal income tax in New Mexico

Feb 13, 2019

Commentary: During this legislative session, we can choose to continue tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and well-connected, or we can choose a new path and prioritize our children and families. It’s time to reverse course on excessive tax breaks and invest in healthy and thriving communities instead: investments in our schools to set our children on a path to success, investments in health care to keep people healthy and working, and investments in infrastructure – roads, bridges, and modern technology – that will benefit our families and businesses.

House Democrats Stop Republican Measures to Harm Workers

Feb 12, 2019

Commentary: Today, House Democrats stood with New Mexico workers and families as House Republicans attempted to push anti-worker legislation through the House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee. House Bill 377 would repeal all of the provisions of the Public Works Minimum Wage Act, without proposing a replacement, and House Bill 378 would strip worker protections,stopping workers from collectively negotiating for fair wages, leave policies, and benefits, respectively.

“I am disappointed in my Republican colleagues for attempting to pass bills that are meant to blatantly hurt New Mexico workers. These bills have been proven, time and time again, to lower wages and negatively impact hard working New Mexicans,” said Chairman of the House Labor, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee Eliseo Alcon (D-Milan). “Instead of pushing laws that hurt New Mexico workers and their families, we should be supporting initiatives to invest in small businesses, make college more affordable, expand job training opportunities, and improve education in our state.”

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