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Accounting switch overshadows New Mexico’s newly reported pension debt

By   /  September 20, 2016  /  New Mexico, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The same year a new accounting rule required New Mexico to be more transparent about its pension debt, the state Department of Finance and Administration decided that a $14 billion land grant trust fund dating to 1898 was a new governmental asset. With the stroke of pen, New Mexico was in the black. Rather than reveal […]

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Shining a light on civil asset forfeiture reform

By   /  April 4, 2016  /  Florida, Judiciary, New Mexico, News, Texas  /  No Comments

Cohen believes the Legislature can be persuaded to make civil forfeiture tougher for law enforcement.

This year, if history holds, Texas law enforcement officers and prosecutors will pocket most of about $60 million in cash and property taken from people in asset seizures.

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New Mexico is enchanted with charter schools

By   /  March 7, 2016  /  Education Blog, New Mexico  /  No Comments

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The Albuquerque Journal on Monday detailed the roaring success that charter schools are experiencing in New Mexico. Since the state’s charter school law was enacted in 1999, 99 charters have opened statewide, with 54 in Albuquerque, the largest city in the Land of Enchantment. “That represents 11 percent of public schools in the state; the current statewide enrollment for charter […]

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Some environmentalists still not happy over New Mexico coal-cutting deal

By   /  December 17, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, New Mexico, News, State Government  /  No Comments

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Under a new electricity agreement, New Mexico will use 50 percent less coal. But one environmental group wanted more.

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Another fracking fracas, this one in New Mexico

By   /  December 11, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, National, New Mexico, News  /  No Comments

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A proposed drilling site outside the fast-growing city of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is drawing plenty of attention.

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New Mexico holds its breath as oil prices remain low

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

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The continued low price of oil is making state legislators in New Mexico nervous.

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