Our economy is sluggish primarily because the only economic development strategy we’ve followed is one of tax cuts for the well-connected.
[WATCH] Sandoval County commission takes first steps to enact Koch anti-union law; right-to-work fights move from Roundhouse to counties
We reported earlier this year about the Koch Brothers and Americans For Prosperity and their meddling in ALL levels of New Mexico politics.
An update to the current situation of their involvement in things they shouldn’t be involved in shows that Sandoval County is the current target for a Right-To-Work ordinance to be forced onto New Mexican families.
Late last week, the Sandoval County Commission held a heavily attended meeting about imposing a county level Right-To-Work ordinance. Thursday night’s meeting was filled with supporters from Sandoval County at large, including Representative Damon Ely who spoke in opposition to Right-To-Work, emphasizing the educational opportunities and fair wages that unions provide in a state in dire need of these things.
Leaked Memo: Rio Grande Foundation, National conservative network planning huge new anti-union campaign to hurt Democrats
A memo leaked to the Guardian newspaper shows that conservative mega-donors are committing millions of new dollars to a secretive “think tank” network in states (including New Mexico) to create new campaigns to “defund and defang” labor unions in states.
ProgressNow New Mexico EF (501c3) has released a video ad featuring City of Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima that calls on Rep. Steve Pearce (NM-2) to step up for his constituents and represent their interests in Congress and supporting renewable energy policies.
Hidden in the 1,000+ page Federal budget agreement reached on Sunday is language inserted by Democrats prohibiting the Trump administration from using any federal dollars to go after state-approved legal marijuana programs in New Mexico and 41 other states, Washington D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico.
President Donald Trump wants his 100th day in office to be memorable. That milestone comes this weekend, but it might not be memorable for the reasons he wants. Funding for the Federal government ends on Friday and Trump is demanding that Congress pass a budget extension to fund two key campaign promises: building a border wall and billions in new military spending at the expense of state department and domestic programs.
If his big push goes anything like his Obamacare repeal, Trump won’t get his budget and that means Trump’s 100th day could be day 1 of a government shutdown. Top Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms https://t.co/YDMhPLBVPv pic.twitter.com/KLgACrZptG
— The Hill (@thehill) April 23, 2017
Earlier this month our own Gov. Martinez threw a fit and threatened a government shutdown if she didn’t get the budget bill she wanted. Now Trump is following suit, so we wanted to see what a shutdown would mean for New Mexicans.
Gov. Martinez, clearly taking her cues from the Trump playbook, continues to live in her own little alternative-fact-laden universe.
[VIDEO] Rep. Steve Pearce takes cheap shots at ProgressNow NM at hard-to-get-to town hall where he didn’t really answer questions
Congressman Steve Pearce came back to his district (CD2) for a town hall event this past Saturday and ProgressNow NM was there and broadcasting LIVE on Facebook because he held it in Ruidoso, a village of 8,000 people two hours away from Las Cruces, the largest city in his district.
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!
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.
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.