Latest New Mexico state government News

Cowboys for Trump sends national monument sand to Washington

Dec. 6, 2019 2:46 PM EST

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico group Cowboys for Trump faces criticism after members brought iconic gypsum sands from White Sands National Monument to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony — a possible violation of federal law. Otero County Commission Chairman and...

New Mexico's largest city to review crime data system

Dec. 6, 2019 2:05 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest city on Friday announced it will embark on an independent review of crime data after facing criticism for releasing statistics that overstated improvements made over the past year. Mayor Tim Keller said it was clear the data systems used by the police...

Nevada woman, son accused of child abuse in girl's death

Dec. 5, 2019 8:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State Police say a Nevada woman and her teenage son are accused of child abuse resulting in the death of the boy’s 12-year-old sister. They say the 17-year-old boy sat on his sister’s face and throat for 45 minutes until she was not moving as the family...

State will pay $10M to mental health providers after suit

Dec. 5, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will pay out $10 million to resolve the last remaining lawsuits over a shake-up of its behavioral health system in 2013 under the prior administration of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez. Disclosed Wednesday by the Human Services Department, the settlement locks in payments...

State of New Mexico settles with behavioral health providers

Dec. 5, 2019 10:04 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico state agency has entered settlement agreements with five behavioral health care providers after the groups had Medicaid funding frozen amid fraud and overbilling allegations. The state Human Services Department has agreed Wednesday to pay $10 million to Santa Maria El...

New Mexico to invest in Las Cruces hemp manufacturing firm

Dec. 4, 2019 6:33 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A hemp manufacturing business in southern New Mexico will get a boost from the state Economic Development Department. The agency announced Wednesday that it has pledged to invest $400,000 in 420 Valley LLC as part of a continued effort by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's administration...

Retired government workers decry pension-solvency proposal

Dec. 4, 2019 5:00 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for retired public employees assailed core provisions of a pension reform proposal in defiance of recommendations by the governor, at a legislative hearing Wednesday. Miguel Gómez, executive director of Retired Public Employees of New Mexico that represents more...

US business group: Fracking ban would have dire consequences

Dec. 4, 2019 3:23 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Campaign pledges made by Democratic presidential candidates to ban hydraulic fracturing by the oil and natural gas sector would have dire economic consequences for New Mexico and the rest of the United States if implemented, said the head of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s...

New Mexico governor to attend capitol tree lighting ceremony

Dec. 4, 2019 12:26 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will be among those in Washington for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. This year’s tree traveled over 1,500 miles (2414 kilometers) from the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. It’s a 60-foot (18-meter)...

New Mexico state income outpaces expectations

Dec. 4, 2019 12:20 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State government income for New Mexico is exceeding expectations set out by agency economists. A revenue tracking report from the Legislature on Tuesday showed state general fund income of $8 billion for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That is $85 million higher than a recent...