Commissioner of Public Lands race presents some broad differences in future of the SLO

ProgressNow New Mexico will be looking at some top-level races more in-depth over the next few weeks to bring our perspective to the key races we’re expecting to see in New Mexico this year. New Mexico is in the national spotlight as one of the “most likely to flip” states in terms of our governor’s race. Our series will focus on the offices that New Mexicans can vote for statewide. This is the fourth piece in our series. The New Mexico State Land Office (SLO) is first and foremost charged with managing the vast amounts of land within our state’s borders, managing leases and sales to entities who use the land, and collecting monies from those sales and leases to fund education in the state.

For Dems, Lt. Governor race is still a toss-up, but GOP and Libs are locked in

ProgressNow New Mexico will be looking at some top-level races more in-depth over the next few weeks to bring our perspective to the key races we’re expecting to see in New Mexico this year. New Mexico is in the national spotlight as one of the “most likely to flip” states in terms of our governor’s race. Our series will focus on the offices that New Mexicans can vote for statewide. This is the third piece in our series. The position of Lt. Governor can seem pretty inglorious compared to other statewide positions with specific duties as Secretary of State or Attorney General.

GOP uses tax plan for a sneak attack on abortion

These past two weeks have been extremely good weeks for progressives in the Land of Enchantment. Last week progressives swept the Las Cruces City Council races, giving progressives a majority on the council. This week the Duke City also had landslide wins for progressives in the runoff elections for mayor and city council. Does this feel a little too good to be true? Not to worry – we’re here to burst that feel good bubble we’ve all been living in and bring us back to the abortion battle Republicans in Congress can’t seem to let go of.

Republicans attack abortion… again

As New Mexicans, we understand the value of respect – which is why we respect women to make their own decisions. Personal decisions about abortion need to remain with New Mexican women, their families, and their medical providers.

Graham-Cassidy: Worse than Other Repeal Bills (especially for NM)

Here’s a couple of questions to consider about a plan that was already rejected once. Which part of the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare repeal is worse? 

 $1500 in funding cuts (cost increases) for New Mexico plans? or, 
Taking Medicaid money from NM to give to Texas to reward TX for not expanding Medicaid to help the poor.
We’ll let you decide… 

[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.

GOP Wins Fight Over Defunding Senior, Tribal and Education Programs in NM

It was the final battle of the legislature: will New Mexico honor our commitments to tribes, seniors and students by funding projects non-partisan budget officials labeled “critical” in communities across the state? The State Senate, in a rare bi-partisan move, approved the projects after months of negotiation with the governor and House Republican leaders.  But that deal was scrapped in the final 48 hours of the session by Republican House leaders. “Democrats are angry because Republicans in the House of Representatives rewrote the $264 million capital outlay bill to eliminate money for schools and senior citizens projects, moving the dollars to road projects… “Capital outlay dollars repair roads, keep school buildings in top condition, assist tribes with their construction needs, help smaller colleges ($400,000 for Santa Fe Community College has been lost) and spread the wealth to every corner of the state.

[UPDATED] All of the Senior, Tribal and Higher Education programs NM Republicans want to cut in the final minutes of the session

After spending a year to review the state’s most “critical needs,” Democrats and Republicans agreed to a capital outlay program to direct taxpayer money to fund the state’s most critical infrastructure needs, including senior centers that provide food and programs for seniors, tribal funds that provide for infrastructure and critical funding for local community college programs that train local workers in locally needed job skills. At the last minute, Republicans in the Ways and Means Committee surprised everyone by pulling a funding movida. Republicans voted in bloc to remove $8.6M from senior programs, $11M from community college programs, then borrow $45M on the state’s credit card to pay for road programs that fulfill the Governor’s campaign promises. According to an analysis by the House Democratic caucus, here are the programs Republicans fought in committee and on the floor to cut:

Statewide Program Cuts to Capital Outlay
Use the + / – buttons in the bottom right corner to zoom. Click an icon to see the program and cut in each community.