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Vermont driver’s privilege card fraud spreads to foreign countries

By   /  May 12, 2015  /  Fraud, Fraud of the Day, Immigration, National Security, New Mexico, News, transportation, Vermont  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles

An investigation into fraudulent applications for Vermont driver’s privilege cards has spread to foreign countries, according to the commissioner of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Which teachers will go first as schools shrink?

By   /  April 27, 2015  /  Alabama, Arizona, California, Education, Education Blog, Idaho, Illinois, Mississippi, National, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

WILL SMALLER BE BETTER? Fewer students means fewer teachers. How school districts decide to make the cut will determine the quality of education in the years ahead.

Falling birth rates will cut school attendance in the coming years, but just 18 states require that competence be considered when laying off teachers. That means union-crafted seniority rules will drive the process in most districts, further compromising the quality of public education.

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Should states keep their renewable energy standards?

By   /  April 20, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Some 30 states have renewable portfolio standards but James M. Taylor of the Heartland Institute says they should be repealed.

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Slush fund? Santa Fe can’t account for $30 million in bond money

By   /  April 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Finances, Local Government, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Brigette Russell

“We really have no idea if there was fraud or embezzlement,” Booth said. “We don’t know how many millions of feet of pipe came in and where it went. My feeling is a lot of stuff walked away, especially now that we know there were absolutely no controls.”

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Small business loans are big business for hotel chains

By   /  April 6, 2015  /  New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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hen most people hear the term small business, they think of a local hair salon or dry cleaner or a family farm. They don’t think of big hotel chains like Hilton and Sheraton, yet they are eligible for Small Business Administration loans. In New Mexico, many of the biggest SBA loans are to franchises of multi-million dollar hotel chains.

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New Mexico takes another stab at a big solar venture

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

Photo by Rob Nikolewski

SolarCity has opened a branch in Albuquerque but it comes after a number of other solar ventures in New Mexico have gone belly-up.

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