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Some 30 states have renewable portfolio standards but James M. Taylor of the Heartland Institute says they should be repealed.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

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“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

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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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Commission rescinds nation’s most controversial fracking ban

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, National, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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A fracking ban that may cost a small county in New Mexico thousands in court costs has been rescinded.

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Lawmakers ‘play chicken’ with infrastructure funding, highway safety at stake

By   /  March 31, 2015  /  Jobs + Growth, Legislature, New Mexico, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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State legislators adjourned this month without funding critical public works projects, including a senior center infested with mold, a veterans home that is out of compliance with the fire code, and a treacherous highway with more fatalities than any in the state.

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