Latest New Mexico state government News

New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2022 01:09 AM 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...

New Mexico sees most number of pedestrian deaths in decade

Jan. 18, 2022 10:56 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque officials are renewing their pledge to prevent pedestrian deaths as New Mexico sees the highest number of them in a decade. KRQE-TV reports a new director will oversee Albuquerque's Vision Zero initiative Tuesday, working with a $4 million...

Michigan AG asks feds to investigate fake GOP electors

Jan. 14, 2022 19:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general is asking federal prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into 16 Republicans who submitted false certificates stating they were the state's presidential electors despite Joe Biden's 154,000-vote victory in 2020. Dana Nessel, a...

New Mexico governor hears from mayors about spending needs

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With billions of federal dollars heading to New Mexico for infrastructure projects, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Friday that rural areas can’t be left behind. The governor made the comment during a virtual summit attended by more than 200 municipal...

New Mexico lawmakers seek greater spending, voter access

Jan. 14, 2022 13:09 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Critical decisions on government spending, voting access, public education and criminal justice await New Mexico legislators for their upcoming 30-day legislative session that starts on Tuesday. New Mexico's state government has a multibillion-dollar general...

Guard may help staffing shortages at New Mexico schools

Jan. 13, 2022 18:10 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor said Thursday she’s considering seeking help from the National Guard to address COVID-19 staffing shortages at public schools, a move that could mark a first in the nation. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said the additional help would...