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NM House OKs educational pension solvency bill

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up a pension program for public school employees and higher education workers in New Mexico cleared the House on Saturday, but there’s a disagreement among lawmakers and unions over what should be done to ensure the retirement system remains solvent for decades to come. The bill [&hellip...

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House approves tax credit for hiring veterans

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a bill backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to provide a tax break for businesses that hire veterans who recently left the military. Businesses could get a $1,000 tax credit for hiring a veteran who was...

Lea County questioning need for sheriff's election

February 13, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Lea County are questioning whether Gov. Susana Martinez was wrong when she ordered them to hold an election for sheriff this year. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the county is asking the state attorney general for an opinion on...

Noted US Latino scholar 'forgotten' in birthplace

February 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

In this Dec. 31, 2012 photo in Santa Fe, NM, Cynthia Kennedy, 48, of Santa Fe, NM, looks over the desk of her grandfather, the-late pioneer Mexican American educator and activist George I. Sanchez. The Albuquerque-born Sanchez, known throughout the Southwest...

NM House OKs educational pension solvency bill

February 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to shore up a pension program for public school employees and higher education workers in New Mexico cleared the House on Saturday, but there’s a disagreement among lawmakers and unions over what should be done to...

Lea County questioning need for sheriff's election

February 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Lea County are questioning whether Gov. Susana Martinez was wrong when she ordered them to hold an election for sheriff this year. The Hobbs News-Sun reports the county is asking the state attorney general for an opinion on...

Police: Evacuation in Santa Fe not meth related

February 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Santa Fe say an evacuation they initially blamed on chemicals seeping from a clandestine methamphetamine lab was not drug related after all. The west Santa Fe neighborhood was evacuat4d Friday afternoon after neighbors...

House approves tax break for buying electric cars

February 12, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexicans buying a plug-in electric car could receive a state tax credit under legislation that’s cleared the House. If enacted, the measure will exempt buyers of electric vehicles from paying the state’s excise tax,...

Senate confirms Jon Barela as cabinet secretary

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has confirmed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s nominee to lead New Mexico’s economic development agency. Senators on Friday unanimously approved Jon Barela as secretary of the Economic Development Department. A...

Gallup water project tax proposal clears Senate

February 11, 2012 • State NewsComments Off

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Senate has approved a measure to allow the city of Gallup to levy a tax to help finance a federally authorized pipeline project to bring water to the community and part of the Navajo Nation. Under the legislation, the city can ask...