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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Right-to-work is wrong for union bosses

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Labor, Missouri, National, New Mexico, News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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When labor unions insist right-to-work laws are “wrong,” what they really mean is right-to-work laws are wrong for union bosses.

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Dems, GOP offer competing agendas as NM legislative session opens

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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With the first Republican majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives in more than half a century, GOP leaders are pushing small-government reforms in 2015.

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As gas prices drop for 16th week, state budget directors scramble

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, North Dakota, Oklahoma, State Budgets, State Government, Texas, Wyoming  /  No Comments

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Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it’s a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.

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NM tops list of high crime states, with high cost for taxpayers

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Local Government, New Mexico, New Mexico Watchdog, News  /  No Comments

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Every year from 2004 to 2013, New Mexico’s rate has been higher than the national average. The human costs of crime can’t be quantified but the fiscal costs can.

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