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New Poll: 61% of NM voters oppose more corporate tax cuts (incl. a majority of Republicans). So why is Gov. Martinez against it?

New polling by ProgressNowNM and Public Policy Polling show that a large majority of New Mexicans now disapprove of the job Susana Martinez is doing as governor — and an even larger number oppose Republican plans to oppose common-sense revenue enhancements to balance the budget. At the request of ProgressNowNM, Public Policy Polling (PPP) conducted a survey of 881 New Mexico voters (voted in 2016 elections) using a combination of live and online surveys from Thursday February 23 – Saturday February 26, 2017. Specific Revenue Enhancements

The most popular revenue enhancement is an increase in the cigarette tax by $1.50 to $1.88 per pack. 82% of 2016 voters support this (71% strongly). 88% of Democrats, 78% of Republicans and 77% of independents support this proposal.  The strongest opposition came from just 14% of Republicans and 13% of independent voters.

Republicans vote to kill bill to tax the 1% just 0.3% more

Saying New Mexico’s top wage earners “have already paid enough,” Republicans in the state House of Representatives voted along party-lines to kill a bill which would have ensured that New Mexico’s top wage earners pay closer to the same rate as our poorest working families. Rep. Patricia Roybal-Caballero (Democrat, Bernalilo County’s South Valley) sponsored HB 21, “Phased-in Supplemental Income Tax” to raise the income tax by less than 1% on New Mexico’s highest earners. As the state in the union with the largest percentage of income inequality in the nation – the largest gap between the top earners (sometimes called the 1%) and poorest residents – New Mexico has an obligation to close that gap, says Rep. Patricia Roybal-Caballero. “Unconscionable to me to have the lowest salaried segment of our population paying the highest percentage of taxes,” she said in testimony. After hearing from the sponsor and an economist who explained the state’s unfair tax system, Republicans defended the status quo.

Police-involved Shootings: 62% involved mental illness; 11% unarmed

The US Department of Justice has spent more than 500 days investigating use of force incidents involving the Albuquerque Police Department. When the DOJ announced its investigation in November 2012, the department had experienced 25 officer-involved shootings -17 fatal – since 2010. Since then, the city has seen 20 more, making 37 as of last week (35 involving APD, 1 involving State Police and another a Deputy US Marshal).  One of the most recent, the March 16, 2014 shooting of mentally ill subject James Boyd was captured on video [watch here] by police-worn cameras and went viral after the video appeared to contradict the police chief’s assessment that the shooting was justified. Almost daily protests, vigils and demonstrations have prompted community and civic leaders to push the DOJ to conclude its investigation and a new community campaign, #ProtectAndServeABQ, just launched to encourage citizens to share their stories, good and bad, of their experiences with police and ideas for healing our broken community.

May Day “Rise Up ABQ” rally

On May 1st, hundreds in our communities will not work, will not go to school, and will not make purchases to show our community, political and economic power and will attend our RiseUp ABQ! rally. Our country cannot move forward without our immigrant neighbors! Click here to see our Facebook event. Click here to see our flyers in English
Click here to see our flyers in Spanish

New Mexico Senators Tom Udall (r) and Martin Heinrich (l), both Democrats

Senators Udall & Heinrich can’t do this alone: Tell Sen McCain and Heller to stand up for clean air in the west

This tax season, we should be finding ways to save taxpayer dollars, not giving the oil and gas industry a pass to waste our money and pollute our air. We need our elected officials to stand up for us, not for the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry. Drillers in western states dump millions of tons of methane – a greenhouse gas more powerful than CO2 and dangerous to the air we breathe – into our air each year. Like other mineral royalties in the west, drillers are supposed to pay royalties on the public resources they drill – but they don’t pay if they vent it into the air.  

An Obama-era rule required them to cap the leaks and stop venting public resources and royalties they owe us.

Report: TrumpCare raises NM premiums $2,521 (unless you are rich), Pearce’s constituents most likely to lose health care

New Mexico health insurance premiums are expected to rise an average of $2,521 – unless you make twice the state’s per-capita income, in which case you get a refund. Although Republicans in Congress rush to repeal Obamacare and replace it with TrumpCare before the analysis is complete, some data is already available.  Two new reports released this week show the impact on the average American (and New Mexican). If you’re a millionaire, the AHCA gives you $50K. If you’re poor, it costs you $1,420
“The typical family making less than $10,000 will lose $1,420 if the Republican health care plan passes, a cut that amounts to almost one-third of their income.

Progressive agenda vs. Gov’s vetoes: how did New Mexico do in #nmleg 2017?

That’s a wrap! New Mexico’s 2017 legislative session is done, at it may go down in the history books as one of the strangest – and our busiest! I’m still crunching the numbers, but early indications show that New Mexicans like you used our advocacy tools to contact legislators more than 50,000 times and read our legislature reports more than 100,000 times a month during the session!  If you missed any of our 40+ legislative reports, catch up here. read more: Full coverage of #nmleg from ProgressNowNM
For 2017, voters gave Democrats control of the House and Senate and sent the largest progressive caucus to Santa Fe to get New Mexico working again.

[Take Action] The GOP repeal of Obamacare really hurts New Mexico. Here’s how.

Republicans’ new health-care bill is a mass transfer of income that cuts taxes for the wealthiest Americans while cutting federal benefits for the middle and working class. Just two provisions in the Republican plan would allow the richest households to pay an average of nearly $200,000 less under the GOP plan, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The Washington Post, March 7, 2017
The Republican plan for health insurance works exactly the opposite from the way insurance is supposed to work. Under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), consumers pay less because premiums are set each year and your costs are capped if you get sick. And in New Mexico, making health care accessible has had a huge impact: the number of uninsured in New Mexico dropped by 41% under Obamacare and 33,000 New Mexicans get help paying for new coverage.