In January, Governor Susana Martinez signed off on a plan to use $46 million from public schools' cash reserves to fill part of this year’s budget gap. Education spending in New Mexico still hasn’t recovered from the 2008 recession, and as oil and gas revenues continue to stagnate, schools are bracing for more cuts.
A new report on the well-being of children in New Mexico has found that some key policy changes — such as expanding access to child care assistance, increasing investments in early childhood programs, enacting a higher statewide minimum wage and overhauling the tax system — could significantly lift the state from its status as one of the worst places in the nation to raise a kid.
LAS CRUCES — Immigrant advocates made some progress Thursday, learning the whereabouts of a Las Cruces immigrant without legal status whose arrest during a raid by ICE agents a day earlier sparked a high-profile protest. The man is being held in the Doña Ana County Detention Center in Las Cruces, along with four other people also arrested Wednesday in Las Cruces and Vado by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement.
Communities near federal lands that are being mined for oil and gas fear that Congress could be on the verge of trashing a lifeline for strained state coffers. If the Senate votes to repeal the Bureau of Land Management's Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, states, tribes and federal taxpayers could lose out on millions of dollars in annual revenue that goes to support social services, higher education and other needs, local officials say.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez continues to say we need to tighten our belts rather than raise taxes in order to solve our current fiscal crisis. “She will not raise taxes,” Chris Sanchez, the governor’s spokesperson, told New Mexico In Depth this week. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, however, told the Santa Fe New Mexican this weekend the state can’t endure any more cuts and he is joined by lawmakers who favor raising new tax revenue to balance the budget and replenish the state’s reserve fund.
Good for Republicans and Democrats in the state House of Representatives. They understand that New Mexico needs additional revenue to do the work of government, and more importantly, the state’s small business owners deserve a level playing field to compete with big, out-of-state online retailers. A solution to both challenges is collecting gross receipts taxes from giant internet retailers such as Amazon or eBay.
Republicans and Democrats on Monday threw their support behind a proposal to collect gross receipts tax from major internet retailers such as Amazon and eBay. Legislators have considered several similar proposals in recent years, but backers of House Bill 202 hope that the state’s budget crisis, a changing legal landscape and bipartisan support will send this measure to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. She has steadfastly opposed all proposals to raise taxes.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is hosting a conference on abuse and other childhood adversities as the state recovers from a string of high-profile cases that spurred public outcry. Tuesday’s event will include experts in prevention.
State legislators split along party lines Monday in advancing a proposed constitutional amendment that would use some of the $15 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to help pay for early childhood education and other public education programs. The House Education Committee voted 7-6 for a plan to fund pre-K programs with an extra 1 percent from the endowment. Democrats supported the measure and Republicans opposed it. “Fifteen-billion-plus dollars — that’s almost richer than Donald Trump,” said Rep. Christine Trujillo, D-Albuquerque, in voicing her support for the measure.
LAS CRUCES — Nearly 40 percent of children in Doña Ana County live in poverty and more than 70 percent of children are not enrolled in early education programs. This is according to the annual New Mexico Kids Count Data Book released last Tuesday, the first day of the 2017 legislative session.