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Las Cruces, NM – When politicians talk about state-rights in regards to environmental protection, it typically is a way to get around federal laws. But a current debate in New Mexico turns this rationale upside down.

New Mexico's senior Senator Pete Domenici has been a longtime advocate for state autonomy. But the Senator has proposed legislation leading some to question his commitment to this principle.

Las Cruces, NM – Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is raising concerns over President Bush's request for an additional $87 billion to fund the U.S occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition to questioning the international leadership of the President, Bingaman fears the toll this deficit spending will have on domestic programs.

Las Cruces, NM – Greg Bloom interviews Maria Luisa Louise Diaz, co-operative weaver from Chiapas, Mexico; Barbra Shutz, German academic who has lived and worked with weaving co-operatives in Chiapas since 1996 and Jessica Marquez, grassroots coordinator, Mexico Solidarity Network about the social and political meanings of weaving cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexcio.

Las Cruces, NM – Several state environmental groups say they need more time to discuss the silvery minnow issue before Congress takes a vote on related legislation.

Las Cruces, NM – Proposed federal legislation could make it more difficult for some New Mexicans to get Welfare benefits.

Las Cruces, NM – A nuclear power plant shunned from Tennessee is being welcomed with open arms in New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – Governor Bill Richardson is canvassing southern New Mexico to elicit support for changes to the state's educational system.

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.

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Bill Would Create New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department

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Commentary: This week, Senator Michael Padilla (D-Bernalillo) pre-filed legislation (SB22) that would establish the “Early Childhood Education and Care Department,” a new, cabinet-level department focusing on the needs of New Mexico’s youngest population.

 

“Early childhood education and care is our path to prosperity,” says Senator Padilla. “The creation of an Early Childhood Education and Care Department will help New Mexico drive a consistent and accountable method for closing the achievement gap and building a stronger economy.”

 

Commentary: Editorial boards across the country are warning that millions could lose their health care coverage following a Texas judge ruling in favor of a Republican-backed and Trump-supported lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. See below:    

Pondering The Potential Of The Space Industry

Dec 17, 2018

Commentary: On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy addressed a joint session of Congress and announced that it was his goal to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. Within eight years, the U.S. did just that. July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 space mission in which Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins flew to the moon, and the first two human beings, Armstrong and Aldrin, walked on the moon. Apollo 11 was the most famous of the Apollo missions, but each Apollo mission, those that proceeded it and those that followed it, increased NASA’s technological capabilities and scientific results.  

Commentary: A historically large share of the nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, reducing opportunities for millions of Americans and reinforcing barriers that make it harder for people of color to make gains. These inequities are made worse by most state tax systems – including New Mexico’s. By designing better tax policy, state lawmakers can help spread opportunity more widely and build more broadly shared prosperity.

Among the solutions on state policymakers’ lists should be expanding the taxation of assets of the very wealthy, since loopholes and other special benefits currently shield much of the value of these assets from federal, state, and local taxes, a new series of reports by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) argues. Eliminating these tax advantages would shift some of the responsibility for funding critical public services and investments like schools, roads, and health care from low- and moderate-income taxpayers to those best able to pay, while increasing opportunity for everyone.

 

Commentary: New Mexico has received a very large present from the oil patch. And when it was unwrapped, what was found was a $1.2 billion surplus. But state budgeteers are playing the role of Grinch.

The wide spread adoption of fracking in eastern New Mexico coupled with higher prices has resulted in a sharp increase in oil patch dollars, hence, tax revenue. But the Grinch/budgeteers warn that what the oil market giveth can be taken away, so argue for caution in spending our new-found wealth.

Many, and by many, I mean me, think budget technocrats too pessimistic. Certainly, oil prices will fall in the future; just as certainly they will rise. Oil markets are volatile, and nothing has happened to change that. But, and this is a big but, there has been a fundamental shift up in the energy market. For any given price, New Mexico oil production will be more than in the past.

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