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Dental therapy legislation passes second house committee unanimously

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Includes amendment protecting tribal sovereignty

SANTA FE – The House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee passed legislation that would make it easier for New Mexicans living in rural and tribal areas to access dental care. HB 308, sponsored by Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D) and Rep. Gail Armstrong (R)...

It’s time to restore a fair and progressive personal income tax to New Mexico

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Stop reliance on the oil and gas industry boom-or-bust cycle

During this legislative session, we can choose to continue tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and well-connected, or we can choose a new path and prioritize our children and families.

It’s time to reverse course on excessive tax breaks and invest in healthy and thriving communities instead: investments in our schools to set our children on a path to success, investments in health care to keep people healthy and working, and investments in infrastructure - roads, bridges, and modern technology - that will benefit our families and businesses.

But in order to support these foundations for a thriving community, New Mexico...

Startup Weekends turbo-charge business ideas

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Launching a business can take years — or it can take 54 hours of intense teamwork with experts and entrepreneurs who share a hunger to develop ideas into profitable enterprises.

Startup Weekends are just the place for such collaboration, and the next one planned for New Mexico happens Feb. 22-24 in Albuquerque.

Organized by small business development organization WESST, CNM Ingenuity, ABQid, and with support from New Mexico Mutual Insurance, this Startup Weekend is a global project of Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars. The goal is to create a supportive environment where budding entrepreneurs can pitch and fast-track a business idea through realistic feedback from peers and...

Legislation would close down childcare centers

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Other legislation would keep them open

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A new bill introduced in the New Mexico legislature Feb. 7 would have the effect of closing down hundreds of childcare centers across the state and doing serious financial damage to all of them, and displacing children according to the New Mexico Child Care and Education Association (NMCCEA).

The bill, SB 298, by Senator William Soules, would forcibly remove all four-year-olds from all childcare centers in the state and place them in the public school system under the Public Education Department.  This would have the effect of removing 40% of the children now in childcare centers and put many of them out of...

Outdoor enthusiasts call for a state outdoor recreation office

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Outdoor recreation activities and associated expenditures by people engaging in leisure time activities remains a mostly untapped reservoir of economic potential for a New Mexico economy. We are continuously challenged to find new revenue streams to pay for education, infrastructure, health care, and the myriad demands on state funds.

As concerns emerge that protect and preserve our fragile natural resources of air, soil and water while creating a sustainable valued sector of the New Mexico economy, this initiative can very possibly be a major part of the state’s economic development strategy. While a detailed accounting of all private and community wide benefits and costs associated...

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