Capitol Updates

Capitol Update for Tuesday, January 22

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

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.

Capitol Update for Monday, January 21, 2019

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

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).

Capitol Update for Tuesday, January 15

Tom Trowbridge, New Mexico News Network
Albuquerque, Jan 14, 2019
Today at noon the New Mexico Legislature will convene for its 60-day regular session. And, as Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse, New Mexico’s new Governor has already made her priorities known.
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The session will begin with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “State of the State” address. While we don’t know exactly what will be in the newly-elected Democrat’s speech, we did get an idea from her inauguration comments on New Year’s Day what we might hear:
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Towards that goal, Governor Lujan Grisham`s budget proposal calls for a half-billion dollar increase in annual state spending on public education. It includes a six-percent pay raise for teachers and educational staff and higher minimum teacher salaries. The plan also seeks 110 million in new school spending directed at students from low-income and minority families. The state is under a District Court order to remedy deficiencies in funding for several groups of low-income, minority and disabled students. For the New Mexico News Network, I`m Tom Trowbridge

Friday`s Capitol Report

Tom Trowbridge, NMNN
Santa Fe, Feb 15, 2018
The New Mexico Legislative session that adjourned on Thursday left with it an impression of bi-partisan cooperation on many of New Mexicos deep-seated problems.

Tom Trowbridge reports from the Roundhouse: