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 […]