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Your guide to fact-checking Gov. Martinez’s State of the State 2017

When Gov. Martinez gives her next-to-last State of the State address just after noon on Tuesday, she’ll be defending six years of her policies and her plan to address the backlash, including a nearly half-billion dollar, multi-year state deficit.

In years past, Martinez has issued glowing reflections on the state of the state and pointed fingers at everyone but herself when it came to addressing challenges.

This year, you can fact-check her State of the State live on Facebook or Twitter using these handy social media-sized graphics.

Support this! “Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act” just filed in NM

Last week Representatives Bill McCamley and Javier Martinez introduced House Bill 89, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act, that would make marijuana available for recreational use in New Mexico. With the overwhelming evidence that states with legal pot can create new and lucrative revenue streams for public works, HB 89 is a win-win for New Mexico.

Five New Mexico Cities Host Women’s Marches This Saturday: What You Need to Know

What began as a Facebook event invite and a response to the now imminent inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has quickly turned into a viral, global grassroots movement and an international day of resistance. The Women’s March on Washington launches in five days with a New Mexico delegation to represent the progressives marching here at home. New Mexico is doing its part and you can participate.

Pledge to stand with Sens. Udall, Heinrich against these Trump’s nominees

Donald Trump’s nominees are a who’s who of conflicts, billionaires and bigots and each one must be confirmed by the United States Senate.

Democrats have already given many a grilling and slowed the quick nomination processes Trump and Republican Senate leaders wanted. Our own US Senators have been front and center of those fights. Here are just a few whose appointment could mean big trouble for New Mexico.

Watch: Udall, Heinrich grill Trump appointees on climate change, torture, surveillance & Russia

Both of New Mexico’s United States Senators are in a front-and-center role in the work to vet President-elect Trump’s nominees to head our country’s federal agencies.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Tom Udall pressed the former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson about his position on climate change and whether he will continue his relationship with ExxonMobil if he is confirmed as the nation’s top diplomat.

Without Planned Parenthood, New Mexico Men Will Lose Services Too

Planned Parenthood inches ever closer to being defunded as part of the GOP’s gleeful plan to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and gut the Affordable Care Act. As soon as President-elect Trump takes office, 40% of Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded budget could vanish, leaving hundreds of thousands of women without health care (or access to a safe, legal abortion). Women aren’t the only ones at risk. There are health concerns that impact men only – Planned Parenthood provides services for them as well.

Gov.’s budget proposal: fix economy by giving teachers, state employees $700-$2100 pay cut

Gov. Susana rolled out her FY18 proposed state budget this week. In a state with the nation’s largest income inequality gap and slowest economies, Martinez’s proposes to cut wages to state employees and teachers by 3.5% – that’s $700 – $2100 per worker – while protecting handouts to some of New Mexico’s most profitable companies, says two of the state’s largest worker unions. 

AFT-NM, representing teachers (a significant portion of local teacher salaries come from state funding, ,waning the governor’s pay cut proposal would be imposed on teachers at the local level):

“Governor Martinez’s proposals will take money out of the pockets of our working families through retirement deductions and jeopardize our schools’ ability to provide safe, quality instruction for our students by ‘sweeping’ hard-saved cash reserves from their budgets. “The bottom line is this: Governor Martinez is telling working New Mexicans to ‘tighten their belts’ while hoping we don’t notice she’s placed it around our necks.”

Here’s the analysis from AFSCME, the union represnting state blue-collar and white-collar workers:

After creating a $300 million deficit at a time when other states are running surpluses, Gov. Martinez announced yesterday that she plans to make up the deficit by taking anywhere from $700 to $2,000 from each and every state and university employee in New Mexico. Call Gov. Martinez’ office [505-476-2200] and tell her that public employees should not pay for her deficit. “Please don’t balance the budget by using pay cuts of any kind–including pension pay swaps–on public employees”

Show respect to the person answering the phones!

A Recap – Progressive Action Summit 2017

Red River, and Raton, and Farmington, and Hobbs, oh my! People came from near and far on January 7th, for ProgressNow NM’s first ever, Progressive Action Summit. The Summit was a jam packed day of exactly that – action. If you weren’t able to be with us, you might be wondering what happened:

22 Community Organizations: delivered presentations, workshops or panels, concerning and or addressing current and or proposed legislation, while gathering awareness and support around their issue. 22 Elected Officials: gave time out of their day to participate, present, engage with and respond to citizens and leaders from our communities.

Will 2017 be the year marijuana is legalized in New Mexico?

Rep. Bill McCamley of Las Cruces is hoping that the fourth time is the charm when it comes to legalizing marijuana for recreational use in New Mexico.

“On the house side, Republicans have controlled the House of Representatives for the last two years and they’ve killed this. I mean, they’ve not let this out for discussion. I’ve introduced this three separate times.” McCamley said today in a press conference in Las Cruces.

McCamley’s bill has been thwarted thrice before, once in 2015 and twice last year (including during the special session to specifically address the state’s abysmal economic situation) during the Republican controlled years of the New Mexico house. Now that Democrats are in control of the house once again, and have strengthened their position in the senate, McCamley is hopeful the bill has real legs this year.

He pointed out that over the last two years, his bill has been indiscriminately assigned to spurious house committees where it was “guaranteed” to die before ever reaching the house floor for discussion.

McCamley’s bill, the Cannabis Revenue and Freedom Act, will be formally introduced tomorrow, January 11, 2017.

His bill would need to pass the house and then the senate before then being signed into law by the governor, something Susana Martinez has in the past stated she wouldn’t do. But with the state’s economic situation somewhere south of dire and members of her own party stating their support for the economic benefits of recreational legalization, perhaps this year could be different.

Multiple polls have shown an overwhelming support for legalizing recreational pot. There’s over 50 percent support for it in general around the state, with higher margins when people are aware that the revenue will help fund education and law enforcement.

It’s expected that Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque will introduce a companion bill in the State Senate this year that would put the question directly to voters in the form of a ballot measure. His constitutional amendment failed last year but did actually reach the senate floor where it was discussed at some length before being defeated.

Trust that ProgressNow New Mexico will keep you updated about the progress of this bill and other good-for-the-state bills that come up this legislative session. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook for other updates as our staff covers issues around the state.

Your guide to fact-checking Gov. Martinez’s State of the State 2017

When Gov. Martinez gives her next-to-last State of the State address just after noon on Tuesday, she’ll be defending six years of her policies and her plan to address the backlash, including a nearly half-billion dollar, multi-year state deficit.

In years past, Martinez has issued glowing reflections on the state of the state and pointed fingers at everyone but herself when it came to addressing challenges.

This year, you can fact-check her State of the State live on Facebook or Twitter using these handy social media-sized graphics.

Five New Mexico Cities Host Women’s Marches This Saturday: What You Need to Know

What began as a Facebook event invite and a response to the now imminent inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump has quickly turned into a viral, global grassroots movement and an international day of resistance. The Women’s March on Washington launches in five days with a New Mexico delegation to represent the progressives marching here at home. New Mexico is doing its part and you can participate.