Richardson: Wait a year on lobbying reform

By Barry Massey SANTA FE — New Mexico’s laws regulating lobbying of legislators and state officials need tightening, Gov. Bill Richardson said Wednesday. However, Richardson doesn’t want the issue considered during the current 30-day session of the Legislature. The governor, in comments at a legislative breakfast reception sponsored by the New Mexico Press Association, said […]

Grading the governor

Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in state government, […]

Republicans propose saving $200 million surplus

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature should save $200 million of the state’s revenue windfall by depositing it in a permanent fund that will generate money to pay for future needs, House Republicans said Thursday. The Legislative Finance Committee is advocating a similar move but is recommending the transfer of $125 million into […]

Legislators grade the governor

Freedom Newspapers Legislators from Curry and Roosevelt Counties graded the performance of Gov. Bill Richardson — some with ambivalence, because Richardson’s term is not yet over. Richardson is a Democrat. The next general election is Nov. 7. Sen. Clinton D. Harden, R-Clovis: “I give him a C+ for providing better services. There is growth in […]

Legislature vicious in final few hours

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was viscous. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues —including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — weren’t resolved […]

City officials lobby for funds to legislature

Tony Parra Roosevelt County and the Portales City Council may have two different ways of lobbying to the state legislature but one aspect remains the same: representation at the New Mexico state legislature. The city is represented by its city councilors and Mayor Orlando Ortega in the lobbying process. They are vital in bringing in […]

School Board discusses budget

PNT Staff The Portales School Board met Tuesday night and discussed a tentative budget for the 2003/2004 school year that has been dwindled thanks to unfunded federal mandates set forth by the Legislature. Murphy Quick, principal at Portales High School, said that even after scraping for funds Portales Municipal Schools could be in the hole […]

Lawmakers face new governor, packed agenda

Deborah Baker Santa Fe – The winds of change blowing through the state Capitol amount to welcome fresh air for some – but may give others the chills – as the annual meeting of the Legislature gets under way. Lawmakers return to Santa Fe on Jan. 21 for what promises to be a jam-packed 60-day […]