Latest New Mexico state government News

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...

New Mexico educators rally amid growing teacher shortage

Jan. 23, 2022 11:15 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Educators are calling 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 lawmakers...

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...

New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2022 18:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught in schools, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity...

New Mexico asks Guard to sub for sick teachers amid omicron

Jan. 19, 2022 19:59 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is the first state in the nation to ask National Guard troops to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced...

New Mexico will send COVID tests to low-income neighborhoods

Jan. 19, 2022 17:21 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is sending free COVID-19 home tests to low-income and underserved neighborhoods, but some school officials say a nationwide shortage of tests is putting them in a bind as they work to meet state requirements aimed at keeping students and staff in the classroom....

Governor wants tax cuts, crackdown on crime in election year

Jan. 18, 2022 20:48 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are pushing to tap an unprecedented windfall of state income to shore up resources for public education, policing, health care and climate regulation at a 30-day legislative session that began on Tuesday. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a...

Plant count increases ahead of New Mexico marijuana sales

Jan. 18, 2022 13:23 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have doubled the number of marijuana plants that licensed growers can cultivate as the state prepares for recreational sales to start this spring, officials announced Tuesday. Increasing the plant count makes sense “to ensure that...