Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sanchez joins Albuquerque Sen. Kent Cravens, Santa Fe radiologist J.R. Damron, former state Rep. Brian Moore and Albuquerque nurse Bea Sheridan in the June primary.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Gov. Bill Richardson said today he wants to ban talking on hand-held phones while driving in the state.
He plans to support legislation in 2010 that would prohibit driving without a headset, like several cities in the state have already done.
“Driver distraction is a major cause of accidents, and the use of cell phones while driving is increasingly a problem,” Richardson said in statement.
“We’ve all seen drivers swerving around the road while talking on the phone and texting, putting the safety and lives of New Mexicans in danger.”
Thom Turbett, president of SafeTeen New Mexico, said in a statement that people who use cell phones and drive are four times more likely to get into accidents. “Technology has created a situation that is causing much greater risk to everyone who drives,” he said.
The proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $200.
Going into his last session, the move seems like a pretty sure win for Richardson. While not everyone likes it, bans are generally popular across the country.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As more and more people talk about the possibility of raising the state's tax on food, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish said today she's against the thought.
“Like many other states, New Mexico is facing tough times and we have to make some tough decisions in order to close our state’s budget shortfall," she said in a statement.
"A lot of ideas have been put on the table, but one thing I will not support is an across-the-board tax on all food. When families are pinching and scraping to get by, taxing the basics like milk and bread is just not right," she said.
"We need a solution to the state's budget problem, but it should not come at the cost of making tough times even tougher for regular New Mexico families. We must start the upcoming legislative session by identifying ways to make government smaller and more efficient, such as overhauling the capital outlay process and ending the practice of double-dipping.”
Others have said raising the tax on junk food is a wiser plan; it's unclear if Denish supports that idea.
Gov. Bill Richardson, meanwhile -- who first proposed cutting the state's food tax -- remains mum on what he'll support in the upcoming session.
"The governor has not and will not comment on any of the potential tax increases, other than what he said previously about his deep reservations about any changes to the personal-income and capital gains tax cuts as well as tax credits that have created thousands of jobs for
New Mexicans in areas such as film and renewable energy," a spokesman said.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Under the new plan offered by Gov. Bill Richardson, employees wouldn’t be off Dec. 31, but rather March 5, spreading out the pain of unpaid time off.
The plan still would include other furlough dates before or after holidays late this year and early next year.
The original plan called for employees to stay home Dec. 24, Dec. 31, Jan. 15, April 2 and May 28, all around holidays.
Under the new plan, employees would stay home and government offices would be closed on Dec. 24, Jan. 15, March 5, April 2 and May 28.
More details here.
Friday, December 4, 2009
“Over the past year, I’ve taken necessary action to responsibly cut state spending and balance the budget,” Richardson said in a statement. “I’ve established this committee to help identity additional areas for savings and increased efficiency by conducting a top to bottom review of state government.”
The group will make recommendations to lawmakers for the 2010 session and former Gov. Garry Carruthers will serve as chairman.