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The historic tax omnibus bill will create broad economic opportunity

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Dear Editor,

New Mexico’s greatest asset is its cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. Our people are the heart of our state, and now, our Legislature is recognizing that in a big way. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the tax omnibus bill currently under consideration (HB 547) does more to improve economic...

No one plans for death, but there it is!

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In my line of work, I have the unfortunate job to deal with the passing of someone’s spouse, parent, or sibling. I see how, in these moments of grief, if the details aren’t thought of ahead of time, the pain can be compounded with the frustration of trying to navigate through the messiness of financial matters not thought of ahead of time.

Recently, a friend died, and now her husband not only has to deal with the grief of losing his spouse, but also with all the details of their financial life.

It soon became evident that he did not know the details of their finances (he didn’t even know the password to the checking account). And because of this, I thought that I would take the...

Do you suffer from dontopedalogy?

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At one of my previous jobs, we passed around a special trophy. The trophy had to be earned in an unusual way. It sported a marble base, a tall plastic column, and, adorning the top of the infamous award, the trophy featured a gold plastic backend of a donkey.

The donkey’s — ahem — bottom award was awarded to a staff member who made a major blunder at work. Think about replying all to a sensitive email, publicly saying something stupid or accidentally calling the fire department for a nonexistent emergency.

One staff member was notorious for earning and keeping the donkey’s bottom award. He had a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease, or as Prince Philip used to call it...

Legislative session draws to a close, three more bills head to governor's desk

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Dear Editor,

The New Mexico legislature will adjourn at 12 pm March 18.

Both the House of Representatives and State Senate are still debating bills and may also do so the morning of Feb. 18, so a few more bills may yet pass this Legislative Session.

See all the movement of our AFT NM-supported bills below:


State Senate

House Bill 533, carried by Rep. Ray Lara and Natalie Figueroa, would codify the levels of insurance coverage for educators which are currently provided for in House Bill 2, the FY ’24 budget.

House Bill 533 also achieves another long-standing goal of AFT New Mexico – as it is currently written, it removes the insurance coverage cap that a district...

How criminal fees damage our communities

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Dear Editor,

As new Mexicans,  we’ve made significant progress in improving the economic well-being of our children and families, including passing new and expanding existing tax credits for working families, requiring that employers provide paid sick leave, and passing a constitutional amendment that increases funding for early childhood education to help families afford childcare.

However, a number of barriers continue to prevent working families and their children from reaching their full potential. One devastating barrier many New Mexicans face is the sprawling and unfair use of fees in our criminal legal system that hinder their ability to provide for their families.

Fees are...
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