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Gov. Martinez Announces NM to receive $3.5 million to support families

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Funds earmarked for ‘Home Visiting Program’

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Sept. 28 that New Mexico will receive $3.5 million dollars from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program.

The funding from this grant will allow the state...

Ten bills invalidly vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez are now law

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A judge declined Martinez’s effort to keep the bills from becoming law while they appealed a previous decision against Martinez.

And shortly thereafter Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced she chaptered those ten bills into law (all ten are listed below).

“As ordered by the Court, my office has swiftly chaptered all ten of the bills that the Court determined were improperly vetoed during the 2017 legislative session,” Toulouse Oliver said in a statement.

The bills include the legalization of industrial hemp for research purposes at New Mexico State University as well as allowing a computer science class to count toward math requirements for high school...

Officials, others remember Pete Domenici

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Wednesday morning, news broke that former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici died at the age of 85.

Domenici served six terms in office and was widely respected in the state and beyond. Nearly immediately, remembrances and statements from New Mexico officials and others began flowing in, lauding Domenici, both from his fellow Republicans and Democrats who respected his work.

NM Political Report collected the statements throughout the day, many of which referenced his work on mental health and his support of New Mexico’s national labs.

Gov. Susana Martinez called it a “sad day for all New Mexicans.”

“His devotion to our state was evident throughout his lengthy career. He tirelessly...

As transportation tech hits new age, New Mexico lags behind

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State Sen. James White, R-Albuquerque, recently joined state legislators from around the country for a meeting of the Council of State Governments in Detroit, Michigan.

At one event, he and two others sat in a car. White wasn’t driving. Neither was anyone else in the car.

In fact, there was no steering wheel. Just a panic button.

The car didn’t go at highway speeds—in fact, it only went 15 MPH—but that was enough to impress him. White was at a test facility for autonomous cars.

More legislators might start taking rides like White’s in the future as more autonomous vehicles hit the roads—and as states grapple with what that means for existing motor vehicle laws.

While the...

New numbers from the state on revenue, reserves

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On Aug. 16, New Mexico Political Report wrote about New Mexico’s dipping reserves. In Fiscal Year 2016, the reserve fund was at $146 million, and in Fiscal Year 2017, New Mexico was $67 million in the red.

Now, the Legislative Finance Committee has released its revenue forecast for the state.

Among the report’s highlights:

Preliminary FY 2017 ending reserve balances are $329 million. Projected FY 2018 ending reserve balances are $206 million.

Preliminary recurring revenue for Fiscal Year 2017 is $5.7 billion. That’s $140.4 million higher than the December 2016 consensus estimate, thanks in large part to gross receipts tax revenues.

Forecasts for corporate income tax called...

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