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KRWG Public Media coverage of the New Mexico legislature.  Major partners include the Associated Press and the Southern New Mexico Journalism Collaborative.

SANTA FE, N.M. — When New Mexico lawmakers meet Tuesday to begin hashing out the state budget, about half of the money will go to K-12 school programs.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and key legislative committees have agreed to increase spending on schools by around 12%, or around $3.8 billion.

SANTA FE, N.M.  — High-stakes decisions on spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico legislators during a 30-day legislative session.

Legislators will convene Tuesday at noon. New Mexico state government has a multibillion dollar general fund surplus thanks to federal pandemic relief and a surge in oil production and natural gas prices.

Sen. Jeff Steinborn

New Mexico State Senator Jeff Steinborn has annouced he's introduced legislation to fund and provide quality face masks and COVID-19 testing kits for residents in the state. Senator Steinborn talked to KRWG News to share more about the legislation.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor and leading state legislators are proposed a $1 billion increase in general fund spending for the coming fiscal year.

The budget proposals unveiled on Thursday call for a spending boost of about 14% aimed at shoring up access to health care, improving public education and providing new investments in child wellbeing and public safety. The lead budget-writing committee for the Democrat-led Legislature outlined its spending priorities ahead of a 30-day session starting Jan. 18 that focuses primarily on spending and taxation.

Gov. Lujan Grisham releases FY23 budget recommendation

Jan 6, 2022
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SANTA FE – Amid an unprecedented fiscal outlook for the state, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration on Thursday released the FY23 Executive Budget Recommendation from the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, totaling $8.4 billion in recurring spending, a 13.4% increase from the last fiscal year. The executive recommendation will maintain reserves at 36.4%, among the highest in the state’s history, while increasing key state investments in priority areas like education, public safety and economic development.

Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday signed the special session’s Senate Bill 2, updating the boundaries of New Mexico’s state senate districts based on 2020 Census data.

The New Mexico Legislature crafted and approved the new state senate district map.

“I am grateful to the community leaders from across the state that held their ground for a representative map respectful of New Mexico communities large and small alike, ensuring that New Mexicans are fairly represented in the state Senate,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

The state senate map was sponsored by Sen. Linda Lopez and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto.

The governor previously signed legislation updating the maps for New Mexico’s congressional districts, state house districts, and the districts of the state Public Education Commission.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed legislation to redraw election boundaries for seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The Democrat signed the measure Wednesday, calling it a “sound map that is representative and respectful of New Mexico’s varied communities of interest.” Republicans disagree. They have argued that the maps approved by the Democrat-led Legislature are partisan and far from fair representation. They say the voices of rural residents, conservative Democrats and independents will be marginalized.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Top Democrats in the New Mexico House have chosen to dissolve a legislative committee that deals with Hispanic land grants, traditional irrigation districts known as acequias and other local government and cultural affairs.

The recent decision announced by House Speaker Brian Egolf is spurring criticism from Hispanic lawmakers, including two members of New Mexico's congressional delegation.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor has signed a nearly $500 million spending bill that draws on federal pandemic relief funds.

The funds will help the state expand high-speed internet access, bolster roads, upgrade state parks, expand nurse training programs and help teachers pay off their student debts amid a shortage of educators.

Governor Lujan Grisham Signs Congressional Redistricting Bill

Dec 17, 2021
Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed a bill Friday morning that updates boundaries for New Mexico’s three Congressional districts. The bill was approved by New Mexico's Legislature.

In a released statement, Governor Lujan Grisham said, “It is my duty to ratify the will of the majority here, which I believe has established a reasonable baseline for competitive federal elections, in which no one party or candidate may claim any undue advantage.”

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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Democrat-led New Mexico state Senate has endorsed a new map for its own political boundaries that embraces recommendations from Native American communities for shoring up Indigenous voting blocs in the northwest of the state.

The plan won Senate approval Thursday in a 25-13 vote. Republicans opposed the bill in unison, noting it would pit two incumbent Hispanic Republicans against each other for the same seat in the next election.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A spending bill is on it’s way to New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham that would allocate $478 million in federal pandemic aid toward highways, internet infrastructure, tourism ads, hospital construction and more.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are looking for ways to break a stalemate on redistricting plans for the New Mexico state Senate amid a standoff with Native American leaders about fair representation.

Senate leaders scheduled floor deliberation Wednesday on a bill to redraw Senate political districts, after repeated delays and private meetings with tribal leaders. Lawmakers are in a special session to redraw congressional and legislative districts based on new census data.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico state Senate has passed a spending proposal that would allocate some $500 million in federal funds to internet infrastructure, highways and other projects.

It now goes back to the House. The funding could accelerate the development of high-speed internet in New Mexico. It authorizes $133 million in spending on internet projects, including emerging technologies like wireless towers, blimps, and new satellite internet networks. The bill would also allocate money to roads, state parks, and affordable housing.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state Senate redistricting plan is in limbo amid a standoff over Native American political priorities and efforts by lawmakers to avoid competitive pairing of incumbents in the next election.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic-led Legislature has approved an overhaul of New Mexico’s three congressional districts that would reshape a Republican-dominated district in a southern oil-production region.

The state House voted Saturday to approve a redistricting bill from Democratic state Rep. Georgene Louis of Albuquerque and Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces. The vote sends the bill to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for consideration.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Bills that would redraw congressional and state House boundaries in New Mexico are advancing toward crucial floor votes in the state Legislature.

A Senate committee on Friday endorsed adjustments to an overhaul of the state’s three congressional districts proposed by Democratic state Sen. Joseph Cervantes and Rep. Georgene Louis, clearing the way for a possible Senate floor vote.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico House committee is advancing a $500 million bill that would direct federal funding toward broadband projects and road infrastructure.

Additional spending items were added to the measure Friday, including $50 million for a rural hospital. While a location for the hospital has yet to be determined, some legislators are leaning toward building it in Valencia County.

The legislation also includes $2 million for teaching scholarships. The state is trying to fill some 1,000 teacher vacancies, and legislators are calling the shortage “acute.”

2013 Congressional Map

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two Native American communities voiced opposition Thursday to a congressional redistricting plan that would extend the state’s traditionally Democratic northern 3rd District into a conservative oil-producing region of the state.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state senator says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will quarantine at home with a special legislative session underway on political redistricting.

Democrat Bobby Gonzales of Taos told The Associated Press on Thursday that he tested positive for the coronavirus the previous day through a rapid test. He informed Senate leadership out of concern for anyone who might also have been exposed through close contact.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposed bill in the New Mexico state House would set aside $100 million for “alternative broadband," high-speed internet that isn’t transmitted by cables.

Buried in the ground, traditional broadband is expensive and time consuming. New Mexico is already experimenting with new ways to deliver internet ranging from blimps to TV broadcast signals. The new funding would accelerate similar pilot projects.

2013 Congressional Map

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic legislators advanced a plan to overhaul New Mexico’s three-seat congressional map and reshape a southern district traditionally dominated by Republicans.

2013 Congressional Map

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political boundaries in New Mexico are starting in earnest as the Democrat-led Legislature convenes for an open-ended special session.

The session began at midday on Monday. The stakes in the redistricting process are especially high for residents of a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico that flipped to Republican control in 2020. Native American communities are seeking greater political influence through a variety of strategies. Map recommendations were provided to legislators by a citizens' advisory panel.

SANTA FE, N.M.  — Efforts to draw new political boundaries in New Mexico are starting in earnest as the Democrat-led Legislature convenes for an open-ended special session. The session is scheduled to begin at noon Monday.

The stakes in the redistricting process are especially high for residents of a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico that flipped to Republican control in 2020. Native American communities are seeking greater political influence through a variety of strategies.

Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

SANTA FE, N.M.  — New Mexico education officials are sharing details Friday of a $200 million plan to increase teacher salaries by at least 7% next fall.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she wants teachers in her state to be the best paid in the region by raising salaries to $64,000, and on par with the national average.

New Mexico’s minimum teacher salaries are based on three levels of certifications, not years of experience or the cost of living in districts where they work.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico government economists are forecasting a major surge in state income as legislators consider proposals to raise pay for public school teachers and a possible hiring spree for local police officers.

Also possible are new efforts to bolster essential public services amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new revenue forecast predicts a $1.6 billion surplus in state general fund income in excess of current spending obligations for the fiscal year that starts next July.

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Proposed political boundaries are being redrawn by a Democrat-led legislature in a sparsely populated state where Hispanics and Native Americans account for six in 10 residents.

The outcome sets the course for a congressional swing district that borders Mexico, Texas and Arizona. Democrats and Republicans in legislatures nationwide have been using the redistricting process to try to increase their party’s edge in the narrowly divided Congress.

Proof of Vaccination Required for Next NM Legislative Session

Nov 23, 2021
New Mexico PBS

SANTA FE – Today, Raúl Burciaga, Director of New Mexico Legislative Council, announced Capitol building policy updates for the upcoming special session in early December and regular session commencing on January 18.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are expressing nearly unfettered support for state tax incentives to the film industry at a public hearing in the wake of the shooting death last month of a cinematographer from gunfire on the set of a western movie production.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasts for state government income have increased slightly as New Mexico legislators prepare to meet in January to craft a general fund budget.

State finance officials on Monday told a panel of lawmakers that state income is likely to exceed already robust expectations by at least $28 million for the fiscal year starting July 2022. That adds slightly to a forecasted $1.4 billion surplus in state general fund income over current annual spending obligations.

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