Latest New Mexico state government News

Are New Mexico students learning? Hard to say without tests

Sep. 28, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Public Education Department officials say few grade-school students participated in state testing last year and that it is impossible to measure learning loss from the pandemic. On Monday, the New Mexico Education Department said that...

Santa Fe mayor attacks rival for 'no' vote on mask ordinance

Sep. 24, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Recriminations about face-mask mandates are creating new tension between Democratic candidates in the election campaign for mayor in Santa Fe. In a flier distributed by mail Friday, incumbent Mayor Alan Webber highlighted a dissenting vote by...

New Mexico governor tours refugee center, talks business

Sep. 24, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham visited southern New Mexico on Friday to talk with fellow elected Democratic leaders and business groups about economic development and to tour a military base near the U.S.-Mexico border where Afghan refugees are being housed. ...

Recall effort against Cowboys for Trump founder lags

Sep. 24, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Time is running out for a recall effort aiming to kick Cowboys for Trump founder Couy Griffin out of office as a county commissioner in southern New Mexico. Supporters of the petition drive in Otero County say they still need to collect several...

Insurance premiums fall as New Mexico prepares new subsidies

Sep. 23, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health care access is getting substantially less expensive for consumers on the state's health insurance exchange through a combination of federal pandemic relief, a growing pool of subscribers and — coming soon — proceeds from a new state tax, insurance regulators...

Elementary school student reading, math proficiency declines

Sep. 22, 2021 18:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The proficiency of New Mexico's elementary students in math and reading has dropped significantly amid the pandemic, with only 31% achieving it, according to a review of preliminary academic data made public Wednesday. The drop in math and reading...

New Mexico races to spend federal rental assistance

Sep. 22, 2021 18:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State agencies spent federal pandemic aid at a furious pace during the month of August, channeling about $630 million in efforts to bolster unemployment reserves, provide emergency housing assistance and promote COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the Legislature's budget...

Legislators sue to rein in governor on pandemic relief

Sep. 21, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Legislators asked the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday to limit Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's authority over more than $1 billion in federal relief. The lawsuit from the Republican Party's top-ranked Senator and a Democratic colleague accuses...

Albuquerque officials lay out plan to combat violent crime

Sep. 21, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of New Mexico’s largest city and other officials say they have a plan to address Albuquerque’s record homicides and other violent crime. Mayor Tim Keller presented details of the plan Tuesday. It includes 40 items that range from...

Native Americans aim to boost voting power in New Mexico

Sep. 20, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of Native American communities has proposed redrawing New Mexico's political map to boost Indigenous voters' influence in elections. The proposed changes from New Mexico’s 19 Native American pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation,...