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Capitol Update for Tuesday, January 22

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 21, 2019

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Reacting to New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s State of the State address to lawmakers last week, House Minority Leader James Townsend—an Artesia Republican—said he was, quote, “scared to death” by the Democrat’s outlined spending proposals.
Tom Trowbridge asked Townsend what he meant.
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In other news from the Roundhouse, following the traditional first Friday of New Mexico Legislative sessions when lawmakers take their committee assignments home to their districts for public comment, those legislative panels are to begin their work today.
For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Tom Trowbridge.

Hundreds of New Mexico teachers quitting mid-year

Stepahie Chavez, KRQE Media
Albuquerque, Jan 18, 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) - Some are calling it a crisis: teachers at the end of their rope, quitting in the middle of the year. In many cases, their students are left with long-term substitutes. Teachers gave KRQE News 13 some insight into the harsh realities of working in a classroom these days.

One skier dies after Taos avalanche, another remains in critical condition

KOAT Action 7 News
Albuquerque, Jan 18, 2019
TAOS SKI VALLEY, N.M. — One of the two skiers trapped in a rare avalanche at Taos Ski Valley has died. The second skier remains in critical condition at the University of New Mexico Hospital.

House Republicans Put New Mexicans First As 2019 Legislative Session Begins

New Mexico House Republicans
Santa Fe, Jan 18, 2019
Commentary: New Mexico’s House Republicans began the 2019 Legislative Session supporting sound fiscal priorities that put New Mexico first. Republican leaders expressed concern over the Democrat budget proposals during the first day of the 2019 Legislative Session on Tuesday. Budget proposals from both the Governor and the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) call for a more than 10 percent increase in state spending. Such proposals will more than likely lead to future cuts to education and tax increases for New Mexicans.

New Mexico chief justice addresses lawmakers, defends judges

Kai Porter, KOB 4
Albuquerque, Jan 18, 2019
SANTA FE, N.M.- New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura delivered her State of the Judiciary address at the Roundhouse Thursday.

Capitol Update for Monday, January 21, 2019

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Santa Fe, Jan 18, 2019

INTRO:
From the Roundhouse, Tom Trowbridge has Republican reaction to the so-called “Rocket Docket.” That’s the name given a set of bills from the past that have been resuscitated by Democrats this session from former Governor Susana Martinez’s veto bin for fast approval by new Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration and Democratic leaders.
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I spoke with House Minority Leader, Republican Jim Townsend of Artesia about the numerous bills on the fast-track in 2019: (conversation from here on out).

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