Former governor Bruce King remembered for compassion, fairness

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Courtesy photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico State legislators from Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari remember former Gov. Bruce King as a man who connected with people and served his state well. King died Friday morning at his ranch in Stanley. He was 85. The Democrat served three terms as governor, 1971-74, 1979-82 and 1991-94. […]

Legislators say furloughs, reserve funds possible options for state budget deficit

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Releasing records not private matter

By Ray Sullivan: FNM publisher Five years ago next month, New Mexico legislators defeated — for the second time in two years — a bill that would have set up an electronic portal that the state declared would make public records more accessible. The bill died because it was poorly thought out and ambiguously worded. […]

Legislators showered with $128,747 in gifts

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

Attorney general won’t push to open key meetings

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican When several reform-minded legislators were elected last year — and several old-guard lawmakers lost — many open-government advocates thought there was a good chance of finally opening up what has been called the “last bastion of secrecy” in the Legislature: conference committees. The public has long been barred from […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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CNJ file photo The Hull Street Overpass, which was pulled down in November, will require $8.5 million to replace, according to Clovis city officials. It’s one of many projects that may not get many funds with a projected budget shortfall of $384 million. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, […]

Legislators warn of short funds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rep. Anna Crook, D-Clovis, talks about capital outlay during Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s […]

Education feature: Student test dates pushed back

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Public Education Department has moved state testing periods to three-and-a-half weeks later beginning in the 2008-2009 school year. According to a department press release, the move was in response to educators and legislators requesting more time to work with students prior to the test window for […]

Lawmakers hand out $500 million for projects

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — More than a half-billion dollars in capital improvements will be financed across New Mexico under measures approved by the Legislature on Saturday and sent to Gov. Bill Richardson. “I don’t think there is a corner of the state that we don’t touch with this,” Rep. Roberto […]

Lawmakers must be fed

One of the first bills New Mexico lawmakers pass each year is the “feed bill,” which allocates funds for the legislative session. This year, they’ve proposed almost $5 million for 30 days. Those fees include $144 per day per lawmaker for expenses. New Mexico legislators are not otherwise paid for their work, but that could […]

Community officials present capital outlay requests

By Gabriel Monte City, county and other community organization representatives presented state legislators with a $20 million capital outlay wish list Friday at the Legislative Breakfast. About 100 people attended the breakfast held at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock n’ Roll Museum at the Chamber of Commerce building. State Sens. Clint Harden, Gay Kernan […]

$1 million allocated for effluent pipeline

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The city is earmarking about $1 million for the effluent reuse pipeline project. City commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting Wednesday to designate a portion of the Infrastructure Gross Receipt Tax earmarked for water projects to the pipeline project. Commissioners also made a $9.8 million capital outlay project […]

Latest round of ethics laws full of loopholes

By Freedom Newspapers The problem with ethics legislation of the kind just passed by both houses of Congress (now awaiting President Bush’s signature, not an entirely foregone conclusion), is that it addresses the symptom rather than the disease. It would hardly be tragic if the current bill became law, but it would be a mistake […]

Making the rounds

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CNJ Staff photo: Andy DeLisle Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, speaks at the Roundhouse Review Chamber Breakfast at Clovis Community College on Friday morning. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer State lawmakers gave local business and civic leaders a glimpse into the legislative session that ended March 17 at a Friday breakfast. The gathering was organized […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

Staff and wire reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

State rep chosen for meth task force

CNJ Staff State representative Anna Crook of Clovis has been selected to serve on a methamphetamine task force of women elected officials, according to a National Foundation for Women Legislators press release. The task force is working to find solutions to address the growing epidemic of methamphetamine use nationwide, the release said. A member of […]

Second Chance Center should be first goal

By Anna Crook: Guest Columnist As a Republican legislator who has worked hard for my constituents and for the citizens of this state, I was appalled by the recent Channel 13 expose regarding the Second Chance Center in Albuquerque. It is unfortunate that some investigative reporters do not take the time to get their facts […]

State’s system of governing wacko

By Ned Cantell: State columnist Not until I experienced an epiphany, that sudden awareness of an important concept flooding the brain and making the body tingle, did I truly realize what one was. An epiphany: It’s a revelation, kind of like when George Bush masters a new two-syllable word. Du-buy. My epiphany came at a […]

Legislators review session

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Sen. Stuart Ingle of R-Portales, center, talks with Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis, right, and Walter Bradley, director of government and industry relations for Dairy Farmers of America Inc’s southwest area. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz Elected officials and business leaders vented frustration with the 30-day legislative session Friday over scrambled eggs and gravy […]