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The critical trio of life expectancy, health care costs, retirement risks

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When it comes to preparing for retirement, a holistic approach is imperative. As you map out your golden years, three pivotal considerations stand out: life expectancy, health care costs, and retirement risks. Each plays a significant role in ensuring you have adequate funds to support a comfortable and fulfilling...

New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority’s Restoring Our Communities program helps to restore vacant houses, provide affordable housing

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The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority launched its Restoring Our Communities Program Sept. 1 to help meet New Mexico’s need for affordable housing units while assisting communities in reducing vacant and abandoned houses that decrease property values. Homeowners within close proximity to abandoned homes can pay higher insurance premiums as well.

“By implementing this much-needed program, our goal is to help our fellow New Mexicans get into affordable homes, while at the same time, improve and strengthen communities by eliminating houses that are vacant or have been abandoned,” Isidoro Hernandez, MFA Executive Director/CEO, said.

The ROC program provides funding to approved...

Heinrich welcomes creation of American Climate Corps.

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U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Vice Chair of the National Service Congressional Caucus and the first AmeriCorps alum to serve in the U.S. Senate, welcomed President Joe Biden’s launch of the American Climate Corps, which will put more than 20,000 young people on skilled trades career pathways in the growing fields of clean energy and climate resilience.

“As the first AmeriCorps alum in the Senate, I have been calling to create a Climate Corps for years,” Heinrich said. “There is a lot of work to do to solve climate change and build our clean energy future—young Americans are eager to be the heroes in this story. We need to invest in providing them the training and...

Congress passes bill to rename Gallup veterans clinic

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Congress passed a bill on Sept. 18 that renames the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community-Based Outpatient Clinic for the late Corporal Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura, who died on Nov. 29. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, D-N.M. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., led the companion bill in the Senate.  S. 475 previously passed the Senate and now goes to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.

"The call of service is one that a select few among us choose to answer,” Leger Fernández said. “Hershey Miyamura chose to answer it twice. He volunteered to serve not only in World War II, but also in the Korean War, where he was...

Heinrich, Luján Introduce legislation to increase access to high-speed internet for tribal communities

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., introduced the bipartisan Tribal Connect Act to make it easier for tribes to secure high-speed internet access at Tribal Essential Community-Serving Institutions through the Federal Communications Commission’s Universal Service Fund Schools and Libraries Program, or E-rate program. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández introduced the companion legislation in the House.

The FCC established the E-rate program in 1996 with the goal to equip schools and libraries with broadband support, so that every child in the U.S. has access to internet through their local schools...

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