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New Mexico Democrats seek sweeping voting access changes

Jan. 26, 2022 16:17 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A statewide holiday on Election Day to encourage voting. Automated restoration of voting rights for ex-convicts. More time to distribute and count absentee ballots. Democratic lawmakers have a lengthy wish list in New Mexico as they seek to expand access to...

Democratic lawmakers seek incentives for hydrogen production

Jan. 25, 2022 21:57 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators are proposing an array of financial incentives aimed at fostering hydrogen fuel production and distribution in New Mexico, in a bill published Tuesday. Incentives in the lengthy proposal include tax credits and deductions for private...

Legislators shun bill to halt tax on Social Security income

Jan. 25, 2022 20:04 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A bill to do away with New Mexico's tax on Social Security income for middle- and upper-income residents faltered Tuesday at an initial public hearing, highlighting reluctance among many Democratic legislators. A state House panel declined to endorse...

More fields could go unplanted under New Mexico water plan

Jan. 25, 2022 19:04 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s top water adviser on Tuesday warned New Mexico lawmakers that snowpack runoff is expected to be grim this spring and that the arid state needs readily available tools so it can accommodate years with particularly slim supplies. ...

New Mexico considers clampdown on violent criminal cases

Jan. 24, 2022 21:09 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mothers who lost their sons to violence in New Mexico testified Monday that something has to be done to keep suspects accused of brutal crimes behind bars ahead of their trials — marking the official start of a legislative debate over a proposed change to the state's...

New Mexico educators rally amid growing teacher shortage

Jan. 23, 2022 16:10 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators on Sunday called on state lawmakers to do something about the shortage of teachers in New Mexico, saying schools are at a critical juncture due to the historic level of vacancies across all positions within the public education system. “Unless...

New Mexico tax law unintentionally cuts into city revenues

Jan. 23, 2022 11:22 AM EST

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — The city of Hobbs is pushing to amend a state law that city officials say is resulting in an unintended loss of gross receipts tax revenue for the community. The measure passed by the New Mexico Legislature and enthusiastically signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan...

Republican Party challenges New Mexico political maps

Jan. 21, 2022 23:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party on Friday filed a legal challenge to New Mexico's recently approved political map that reshapes the state's three congressional districts. The lawsuit was filed in a Roswell-based state district court. The state Republican Party and...

New Mexico residents may get tuition-free college

Jan. 21, 2022 20:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham outlined Friday provisions of a legislative proposal to expand tuition-free public college to more students from New Mexico. The governor is backing a bill that would combine and increase state scholarship funding to cover all...

New Mexico may limit or scrap tax on Social Security income

Jan. 21, 2022 11:13 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators are introducing competing proposals to do away with New Mexico's tax on income from Social Security benefits as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham throws her political weight behind the idea in an election year. About a dozen states tax Social Security...