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Health Action New Mexico denounces first steps in Congress to repeal Affordable Care Act

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“A vote for the bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act is a vote to take insurance away from 30 million Americans and 266,000 New Mexicans.”

Albuquerque, NM, January 3, 2017 – Today, Health Action New Mexico denounced Congress’s first step in their plan to rush through a health care repeal bill that will take...

Rural development grant program fosters job growth

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Nonprofit organizations and government agencies in rural communities have economic development funds at their fingertips through the Rural Business Development Grant program (RBDG) of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The program is designed to support job creation and economic development efforts of nonprofits and public entities, though small and emerging private businesses can access those funds for certain projects.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, Indian tribes, nonprofits and public and private nonprofit higher education institutions in communities with 50,000 or fewer residents. Eligible projects include job training, feasibility studies, land development...

Governor: low-income cancer patients, survivors need continued access to meaningful health insurance

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The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) sent a letter to Governor Susana Martinez today expressing concerns that proposed changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program currently being discussed in Congress could impact cancer patients and survivors in New Mexico who depend on the program for their care. The letter was sent to select governors invited to attend a Medicaid meeting led by the Senate Finance Committee later this month.

A statement from Chris Hansen, president of ACS CAN, follows:

“As Governor Martinez and members of Congress consider possible changes to federal financing of the Medicaid program, it is critically important that low-income...

Gallup Sun Editorial: How could this happen?

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Like other taxpaying citizens, we at the Gallup Sun have been appalled in 2016 by the actions of the Gallup-McKinley County Schools Board of Education. Putting Superintendent Frank Chiapetti on paid administrative leave last week was something everybody this side of Santa Fe saw coming a long time ago.

But why do it at Tse Yi Gai High School in Pueblo Pintado and out of eyesight from folks who would have otherwise attended the school board meeting?

Now, folks with students attending McKinley County schools are watching to see where the situation goes from here: Will there be some concessions offered by either side? Is the situation really a done deal? Was racism involved in the...

New Mexico’s economic policy is counter-productive

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I concur with two points from D. Dowd Muska’s [NMPolitics.net] recent opinion piece.

One: “It’s certainly true that by themselves, lower individual and corporate taxes have not generated much job- and wealth-creation in New Mexico.” Yep.

Two: New Mexico is in a “dire fiscal condition.” Or, more simply put, our state’s economy is in the tank.

Under Governor Martinez’s watch, our state has developed a deficit of hundreds of millions, we’ve spent all of our savings — which led Wall Street to lower our bond rating — and we’re ranked the worst-run state in the country (again). Governor Martinez’s economic policy — rooted in the decades-old ideology of “tax...

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