SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico National Guard's top uniformed general is stepping down.
Maj. Gen. Kenneth Nava announced Friday his last day as the state adjutant general before retiring will be Dec.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has granted clemency for 19 people convicted of crimes in the state, the governor’s office announced Friday...
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has been fined $304,000 over missed deadlines in documenting waste shipments at Los Alamos National Laboratory, department officials said...
Days left in the session: 18
Confirmed: The Senate on Monday voted 34-0 to confirm Jackie White as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
White, 44, previously worked as a captain for the Albuquerque Fire Department.
Days left in the session: 53
Lottery tuition bill: The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously Monday to advance a bill by Sen. Liz Stefanics that would allow students with disabilities who attend schools in other states because of their needs to take advantage of New Mexico’s lottery scholarship program.
Life at the state Capitol was stodgy and predictable when Republican Susana Martinez was governor.
She carried on a cold war with Democrats who controlled the Legislature. It got so ugly that Martinez ignored the Democrats even when she vetoed their bills.
Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Gregory Fulfer to the New Mexico Senate on Friday, handing off the seat longtime lawmaker Carroll Leavell vacated earlier this month.
Fulfer, a Republican from Jal, will represent a district nestled in New Mexico’s Southeastern corner and spanning from Carlsbad to Hobbs.
New Mexico viewers struck by the combative tone of the televised gubernatorial debate Tuesday night likely can expect more of the same over the final three weeks as the race to succeed term-limited Gov.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday...
In late March, Gov. Susana Martinez appointed former Deputy District Attorney Jason Lidyard to fill the state First Judicial District Court’s Division V vacancy created by Judge Jennifer Attrep’s appointment to the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
Gov. Susana Martinez announced Monday that the state will spend $28 million on a summer school program offering 25 extra days of instruction to some of the state’s neediest students.
Martinez said a record 22,121 students from all 50 school districts and charter schools that applied for the grant will participate in the classes.
A recent poll shows New Mexicans are taking a slightly more favorable view of outgoing Republican Gov. Susana Martinez but are souring on their two Democratic senators on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Martin Heinrich, who is running for re-election this year, saw his approval rating among registered voters decline from 46 percent at the end of 2017 to 41 percent.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U...
Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday appointed Santa Fe prosecutor Jason Lidyard to a First District Court judgeship.
Lidyard, 36, was already running for the seat in the forthcoming primary election.
New Mexico’s lowest-paid teachers are in for a raise.
Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday she will sign Senate Bill 119, increasing the minimum salaries for teachers, with the lowest level of pay rising from $34,000 a year to $36,000.
A bill designed to rein in “step therapy,” the insurance company practice of requiring patients to try a less expensive medication before using a costlier option, will become law in New Mexico.
Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill Thursday to pay for this year’s 30-day legislative session but vetoed funding for one particular Senate committee.
House Bill 1 provides $4.7 million for the session and another $16.1 million for a year-round staff of lawyers, economists, analysts and other aides.
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is receiving a windfall in government income as the oil industry comes roaring back, economists for the state told lawmakers on Thursday.
Revenue estimates were revised upward by $189 million for the current fiscal year and by $93 million for the coming year that starts July 1, largely due to rising oil prices combined with expanding production.
In this season of goodwill, the president is optimistic again. He says all things are possible on his watch.
The president is the same politician who a year ago promised I’d become sick of winning if he were elected.
Democrats are lining up to challenge Gov. Susana Martinez’s three recent Republican appointees to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in next year’s election.
Though judicial races are typically low-key, the contests could nonetheless prove influential, potentially changing the makeup of a court that regularly weighs questions at the heart of the constitution and is often the last stop for cases wending through New Mexico’s justice system.
That’s just “the way we do business in New Mexico.”
I thought of those immortal words from former State Treasurer Michael Montoya — said while he was shaking down an investment adviser for campaign contributions in the early part of this century — when reading the now-infamous article on the International Business Times website last week.
Spring travel and construction have enhanced New Mexico’s economy, bringing soaring tax revenues after the state cut spending to balance its budget.
A revenue tracking report released Wednesday by the Legislative Finance Committee showed that recurring tax revenue for the state in May was up $141 million, a jump of 32 percent from a year ago.
As New Mexico stagnates while the rest of the Southwest prospers, it’s easy to forget that Gov. Susana Martinez’s campaign slogan was Bold Change.
Martinez made plenty of promises as a candidate, then became bored by the daily demands of holding office.
Talk about sound fiscal policy.
Speaking about New Mexico’s precarious financial position — the budget was balanced by borrowing bond money — fiscal conservative and Democrat Sen. John Arthur Smith had this to say: “That is not responsible financing of state government.” He was speaking as the special session, convened last week, came to end Tuesday after a recess of several days over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Supporters of an Obama-era methane rule are making a final push to convince the U.S. Senate to keep the regulation in place as a Thursday deadline looms for congressional action on the measure.
The Bureau of Land Management’s rule, finalized in November, requires oil and gas drillers on federal and tribal land to capture methane pollution by reducing venting, or flaring, of gas, monitoring wells more frequently and installing leak-capture technology.
One person missing from the debate over President Donald Trump’s proposed health care overhaul is the very person who could make some of the biggest decisions about how it will affect New Mexicans.
All three branches of government in New Mexico will collide in a courtroom in two weeks. It’s a train wreck.
What’s surprising is that state residents, the people forced to live through this spectacle of awful government and incompetence by Gov.
Once more, Gov. Susana Martinez is displaying an unwillingness to focus on what matters when it comes to governing.
The financial crisis in the state — one entirely of her making — is that the $6.1 billion budget for the next fiscal year is unbalanced.
One of Gov. Susana Martinez’s pointed criticisms of the recent legislative session was that it failed to enact tax reform. She has dangled the need for such action as something that a special session will have to address if she is to sign any balanced budget proposal.
Gov. Susana Martinez is taking the next step toward furloughing state employees after warning that New Mexico could run out of cash before the budget year ends in June. But unions representing many government workers say the state has enough money to make payroll and argue that forcing civil servants to take days off without pay could unnecessarily pinch thousands of families.
Gov. Susana Martinez may be bluffing, or she may shut down government by imposing five unpaid furlough days on state employees before June 30. She claims the state is broke, but that is simply not true.
A federal appeals court has rejected an appeal by the U.S. Department of the Interior and Pojoaque Pueblo that would have given the agency the right to negotiate a gaming compact with the tribe over the objections of the state government.
Gov. Susana Martinez‘s education policy, as administered by state Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera is not only a complete failure, it has damaged our children and education professionals beyond a measure we may never know.
The breadth of Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto earlier this month of New Mexico’s higher education budget was more far reaching than previously understood, totaling nearly $3 billion, according to a close examination of her markups of House Bill 2, the legislation that would fund state government for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
A new poll ranks Gov. Susana Martinez as the 10th least popular governor in the country. She dropped to the bottom 10 after tying the disapproval rating of Alabama’s governor, who resigned Monday amid corruption allegations.
Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday morning signed the state budget bill, but vetoed various parts of the spending plan.
Martinez has said repeatedly that she will call a special legislative session for further work on finances and the $6 billion state budget.
Gov. Susana Martinez took an out-of-state trip this week as a Friday deadline approaches for her to act on about 200 bills passed during the legislative session that ended last month.
A spokesman said Martinez plans to return Wednesday from the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Women in Law Enforcement Conference in Nashville.
Time is running out for Gov. Susana Martinez to sign a budget package that legislators passed last month, but top lawmakers say they are not entirely sure what she will do with the spending plan.
“We’re in wait-and-see mode,” Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, said Monday of the $6.1 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins in July and $350 million in accompanying tax and fee changes.
If Gov. Susana Martinez wants to start shutting down “nonessential” state services (“Then and now in the Legislature,” Our View, March 21), she should start with the Governor’s Office, as it has done nothing of value for our state since her election.
I got back from my post-Legislature vacation last week just in time for the start of the trial in the case of the Santa Fe Reporter vs. Gov. Susana Martinez. The city’s weekly tabloid sued the administration for allegedly freezing them out because the governor and her people didn’t like the critical way the Reporter covered Martinez.
Top officials at Santa Fe Public Schools have accused New Mexico Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera of singling out the district for engaging in the very same practices she does: using school resources, facilities and students to advocate for public education.
Gov. Susana Martinez has the opportunity to make New Mexico first in the nation by signing a bill that recognizes that children should not go hungry because their parents don’t pay the bills. The bill, in this case, is for school lunches.
Gov. Susana Martinez hopes to move human resources departments from agencies across state government into a smaller, single office by July, a change that she says should also include personnel in sections of New Mexico’s bureaucracy that she doesn’t control.
An attorney for Gov. Susana Martinez suggested Wednesday in a state courtroom in Santa Fe that Martinez has no obligation to speak with reporters.
The governor, her public information staff and campaign spokesmen have boasted repeatedly for years that Martinez operates the “most transparent administration” in the history of the state.
New Mexico lawmakers seemed to stave off a budget crisis last fall when they cut spending to narrow a deficit estimated at more than $400 million.
But in January, legislators were back at the Capitol, faced with another hole in the budget, this one for $80 million.
Through much of her time in office, Gov. Susana Martinez has been unsparing in her criticism of the Legislature. She and her spokesmen referred to longtime Senate majority leader Michael Sanchez as “Boss Sanchez,” a taunt dating to the days when powerful and often corrupt patróns controlled New Mexico politics.
Officials with Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration say they are considering a wide range of cuts to government services, including motor vehicle offices, museums and even the number of days students attend public schools.
Gov. Susana Martinez does not seem to be giving up on the notion of shutting down government.
A statement from her spokesman, Michael Lonergan, put it bluntly: “The governor has met with [Department of Finance Authority officials]; they tell her that soon we won’t be able to cut checks.
Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration on Monday continued its attacks on the state Legislature — specifically the “do-nothing Senate” — and reiterated the governor’s plan to call a special session to deal with a state budget and potentially other issues.