Right-to-work bill clears first hurdle in New Mexico

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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The House Business and Employment Committee on Thursday passed the first of five right-to-work bills prefiled for the legislative session.

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Rejected fracking ban may cost NM county ‘hundreds of thousands’ in legal fees

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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After seeing its controversial fracking ban tossed out of court, the taxpayers of Mora County may be on the hook for thousands of dollars in legal fees

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When the levy breaks? NM legislator proposes eliminating almost all taxes

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Taxes  /  No Comments

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State Sen. Bill Sharer claimed that New Mexico could eliminate almost every tax currently levied by reforming the way it levies the Gross Receipts Tax..

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New Mexico lawmaker: State, not feds, should manage its land

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  Federal Government, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government, Washington  /  No Comments

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State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, thinks New Mexico can do a better job managing its land than the federal government can. Later this week, she will file a bill creating the New Mexico Land Management Study Committee to study whether New Mexicans would be better served by managing their own land.

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Right-to-work a question of economic development, fairness

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  Jobs + Growth, Legislature, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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“New Mexico has been too dependent on federal dollars, and on oil and gas,” Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, told Watchdog. “We have to lessen our reliance on those things and grow our economy in the private sector.” That is why he is sponsoring two of the five right-to-work bills filed by Republicans in the legislative session that ends March 21.

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No fracking? Then no bonds, New Mexico bill says

By   /  January 23, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A bill introduced in the New Mexico Legislature would cut off state severance tax bonds to communities that ban or greatly restrict extractive industries.

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