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In Depth: New Mexico Special Session Begins Without Budget Deal

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are converging Wednesday on the state Capitol for a special session aimed at resolving a fiscal crisis. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-led Legislature have been feuding for months over how to fill a budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. Martinez last month rejected a variety of tax increases, while vetoing $765 million in state spending. Without an agreement, all general-fund expenditures on the Legislature as well as...

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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.

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.

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Commentary: El Paso Electric (EPE) is proud to launch the first demand response initiative for EPE customers. Through the use of customer-owned smart Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, the eSmart Thermostat Program partners with customers to reduce their electricity use during peak times in the summer months.  This three year pilot program will measure ways to effectively reduce EPE’s summer peak energy demand.

Lily Eskelsen García-President, NEA / NEA photo

  Commentary: President Donald Trump today released his budget request for fiscal year 2018. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García today released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

 

“The Trump-DeVos budget is a wrecking ball aimed at our nation’s public schools. Their budget shows how dangerously ill-informed they are about what works for students and in public education. Their reckless and irresponsible budget would smash the aspirations of students, crush their dreams, and make it difficult for them to go to college and get ahead.

DPNM: The Second Congressional District Is A Priority

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DPNM Chair Richard Ellenberg

 

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Commentary: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and CPC Member Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after President Trump unveiled his disastrous Federal Budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY2018).

Pearce Lauds Trump Proposal To Increase Defense Spending

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Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Commentary: Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement on President Trump’s 2018 budget request:

“Our nation’s budget has spiraled out of control. Without significant course corrections, we are slated to leave our children and grandchildren with an unsurmountable debt. It is refreshing to see a President diligently attempt to provide our nation with a balanced and sustainable budget. While nowhere near perfect or the final product that will be crafted by Congress, President Trump’s proposal forces a much needed conversation on our nation’s spending priorities.

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