Monday, October 3, 2016
House Republican lawmakers refuse to create internet sales tax on out-of-state corporations putting local businesses at disadvantage
Santa Fe – Today, on the House floor as House Republicans voted down a measure that would have created a 5.125% internet sales tax on out-of-state corporations that would have helped New Mexico small businesses compete against corporations like Amazon. Representative Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) introduced the amendment to Senate Bill 6, creating a voluntary 5.125% internet sales tax for companies not based in New Mexico that would have generated roughly $10 million in revenue.Read more
Bill tabled in House Ways and Means Committee that would have allowed corporations to pay fair share amidst state’s largest budget shortfall
Santa Fe – Tonight in the House Ways and Means Committee, legislators stalled SB 5, which would have frozen the scheduled reduction in the Corporate Income Tax for one year – a small but crucial piece in the state’s revenue structure. This bill would have helped bridge the budget shortfall without imposing any new taxes. The vote sent a clear signal that profitable companies and the well-connected continue to be a priority over hardworking New Mexicans who rely on state services which are under threat due to the budget crisis.Read more
House Republican lawmakers spend first day of special session debating controversial crime bills rather than fixing state’s historic budget shortfall
October 1, 2016
Santa Fe – On the first day of the 2016 legislative special session, House Republicans wasted the day by failing to focus on solutions to the state’s budget crisis. Instead, they convened the House Judiciary Committee for over 7 hours, to hear a slate of controversial crime bills that had nothing to do with the solutions the state needs to resolve its fiscal shortfall.Read more
House Republicans Waste Taxpayer Dollars by Adjourning the House and Delaying Action to Solve State Budget Crisis
Friday, September 30, 2016
Amidst state’s largest budget deficit, and at a cost of $50,000 a day, House Republicans adjourn without hearing single bill on the floor
Santa Fe – Today, House Republicans adjourned the House without hearing a single bill related to solving the state’s largest budget crisis and costing taxpayers $50,000. The House adjourned to convene a joint hearing of the House Judiciary Committee for the sole purpose of hearing controversial crime bills, while the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, the committee charged with deliberating on the budget, was still not scheduled to convene.Read more
House Democrats, New Mexicans Demand that Governor and House Republicans Not Balance Budget on Backs of Families
Friday, September 30, 2016
House Democrats, New Mexico’s Families Defend the Value and Contributions of Hard Working New Mexicans
Santa Fe – Earlier today, before the official start of the 2016 legislative special session, House Democrats joined with families, advocates and veterans to tell Governor Martinez and House Republicans that the budget cannot be balanced on the backs of everyday New Mexicans. Due to the failed economic policies of Governor Martinez and House Republicans, the state of New Mexico confronts a nearly $700 million budget shortfall threatening the livelihoods of teachers, veterans, children and hardworking New Mexicans.Read more
NM Film Industry Provides Good Jobs for New Mexicans
Recently, I spent the day as a background actor on the set of Longmire, a Netflix series that has been shooting in New Mexico for the last 5 years. There are currently eight active TV series and six movies shooting in New Mexico. Clearly, the film industry is working here, even as New Mexico’s overall economy is facing difficulties.
There are many conflicting views of the film industry here, so I wanted to see the process for myself. The first myth that was quickly dispelled was that this is easy work – it’s not. The second was that most of these jobs are held by out-of-towners – they are not. In fact, the Longmire crew is made up of over 90% local New Mexicans who have impressively worked their way up in the industry. This is true for other TV series filmed in New Mexico as well – that’s a lot of jobs.Read more
Democrats Blast Martinez Administration over SNAP Case
OIG Report reveals potential pattern of falsification
ALBUQUERQUE- Today Representative Gail Chasey (D-18, Albuquerque) joined other Democratic state leaders for a press conference in response to the investigation conducted by the Human Services Department Office of the Inspector General’s regarding the administration of SNAP benefits for the most vulnerable New Mexicans.
“The Inspector General’s investigation points to serious examples of misconduct, and we are committed to getting to the bottom of it. It’s unacceptable that hundreds of New Mexicans who applied for emergency food assistance over the last 3 months may have gone hungry.
House Democrats know the importance of food assistance for a family trying to get a leg up, and we recognize the danger of children being malnourished. It is unbelievable to learn that records may have been falsified with the knowledge of top officials in this administration. The OIG investigation, though not yet complete, points to a pattern of misconduct and mismanagement on behalf of officials within Governor Martinez’s administration. It's disappointing that we haven't seen an immediate response from the Governor, especially when our childhood well-being rankings are among the worst in the country,” said Representative Chasey.
Matthew McQueen Visits Evacuation and Command Center for Dog Head Fire
State Representative Wants to Be Resource for Those Affected
TIJERAS- Yesterday, New Mexico State Representative Matthew McQueen (D-House District 50) visited the evacuation center for the Dog Head Fire at the Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras and the fire’s Incident Command Post in Estancia.Read more
U.S. Senators and Representatives Call on DOJ and Push Federal Legislation
Last week, NM House Democratic Floor Leader Brian Egolf, along with Senate President Pro Tempore and Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez forwarded letters from 3 behavioral healthcare providers that were falsely accused of fraud to the New Mexico Federal Delegation. Along with the accounts from the providers that outlined the troubling circumstances that led to the freezing of funds, disruption of care, and the losses of hundreds of jobs; the legislative leaders requested that the the letters be forwarded to the United States Department of Justice for review. (Click here for the full story and letters from healthcare providers)Read more
New Mexico Leaders Call for Federal Review of Behavioral Healthcare Disaster
Congressional Delegation Urged to Contact DOJ
SANTA FE- Leadership from both the New Mexico House of Representatives and Senate delivered a letter requesting that the Federal Congressional Delegation contact the Department of Justice and other relevant federal agencies regarding the behavioral healthcare crisis in New Mexico.Read more