State Sen. Phil Griego, D-Santa Fe, resigned before the Senate could censure him for using his office to profit in a shady real estate deal. If he is not convicted of a felony — and neither the DA nor the AG have moved to prosecute — he will receive an $18,000 annual legislative pension for the rest of his life.Read More →
Citizens have the right to attend and listen at public meetings in New Mexico, but not to speak. Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, are trying to change that, guaranteeing New Mexicans the right to speak their mind before any public body in the state.Read More →
Patrons used to go to the library to check out books. Today, people go for any number of reasons. But while there’s something for everyone in 365 branch libraries statewide, some events leave discerning taxpayers wondering whether it’s something everyone should pay for.
People go for the secret life of puppets ($13,200), farmer comedian Roger Radley ($9,154), stage combat demonstrations with sword fights and mock brawls ($608), duct tape wearables classes ($300) and a series on darkness ($3,816).
All are taxpayer-funded programs, now commonplace in Minnesota libraries.Read More →
“It’s the citizens’ house, they pay the rent, and they should know what’s going on in their house.”Read More →
Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party legislators were for it before they were against it.
A loophole in the DFL’s signature 2014 minimum wage hike — passed without one Republican vote — lets resort owners pay less than the new minimum wage to seasonal employees who receive room and board as a benefit.
Now that House Republicans want to extend a similar break to restaurants, however, DFL support remains harder to find than a waiter at McDonald’s.Read More →