Federal tax money for Spaceport? Two NM congressional candidates support idea

By   /  October 21, 2014  /  New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

Photo from Spaceport America website

Both candidates for southern New Mexico’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives say they favor federal funding for Spaceport America.

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New Mexico knocked for slow pace of financial data

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Accountability, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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A state accounting watchdog group rapped New Mexico for its slow response time for financial data but the state says the criticism is unfair.

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Rugged ranchers or welfare cowboys? Dispute over grazing fees on public land rages on

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Critics say taxpayers lose $120 million in federal grazing fees that are too low. But ranching’s defenders say the figures are misleading.

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Linda Chavez makes small-government argument for immigration reform

By   /  October 16, 2014  /  Immigration, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog  /  No Comments

Photo by Rob Nikolewski/NM Watchdog

Former Reagan administration executive Linda Chavez argues in favor of immigration reform from a small-government perspective. But she’s getting pushback from opponents on the right.

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Feds install fences to protect endangered mouse, but the fight continues

By   /  October 15, 2014  /  Federal Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, Regulations  /  No Comments

Photo by Rob Nikolewski

The U.S. Forest Service put up barbed wire fencing in a picturesque area in the Santa Fe National Forest to protect the meadow jumping mouse, which has recently been listed as an endangered species.

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New Mexico’s labor force is shrinking

By   /  October 14, 2014  /  Economy, New Mexico  /  No Comments

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New Mexico is 48th in the nation in a ranking of the labor force participation rate.

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