GovBeat: New Mexico

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014

States could count computer programming as foreign language skill

Republicans and Democrats are pitching bills to encourage students to learn computer programming.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:56 AM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, Kentucky, New Mexico, States

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014

New Mexico session preview: Lowered expectations

A budget surplus takes pressure off the state legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:40 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, Marijuana, minimum wage, New Mexico, States

Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2014

Population growth in New Mexico is approaching zero—and other bad signs

A presentation from one of the state’s top economists shows the dire state of the state.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  08:50 AM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  demographics, Economic mobility, economy, income inequality, jobs, labor, New Mexico, population

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014

New Mexico’s Martinez gets high marks in two polls

Susana Martinez’s approval rating is in positive territory in two polls.

By Reid Wilson  |  10:00 AM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  campaigns, Campaigns and Elections, elections, New Mexico, States, susana martinez

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2014

New Mexico legislature will take up Navajo gambling agreement

The proposal would allow the tribe to build two new casinos.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:11 AM ET, 01/02/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gambling, gaming, New Mexico, newsletter, States

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/30/2013

A third of New Mexico is federally owned, but the state might buy some of it back

Officials are considering whether they can and should buy a few thousand acres up for sale.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Mexico, newsletter, Public land, public lands

Posted at 04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2013

Federal judge rules Utah’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Utah’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional Friday, writing in his opinion that it “perpetuates inequality.“

By Niraj Chokshi  |  04:34 PM ET, 12/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, New Mexico, same sex marriage, Utah

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013

Map: New Mexico becomes the 17th state (plus D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage

Ten others recognize unions and partnerships while 33 limit marriages to opposite-sex couples.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  02:33 PM ET, 12/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, gay rights, New Mexico, same sex marriage

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013

New Mexico’s Martinez targets driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants

In what has become an annual ritual, Martinez is taking on a Democratic-led legislature.

By Reid Wilson  |  11:46 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  dream act, driver's licenses, illlegal immigrants, immigration, New Mexico, States

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013

After abortion vote, Albuquerque looks to change initiative process

Ballot initiatives are costing the city big bucks.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:30 AM ET, 12/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, initiatives, New Mexico, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 11/11/2013

Albuquerque’s considering the abortion ban languishing in the Senate

The city is considering what could be the nation’s first municipal ban.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:02 AM ET, 11/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  abortion, New Mexico, newsletter

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 11/04/2013

How New Mexico reduced its pension liability by $1.5 billion this year

Pension changes passed this year may be setting the state’s fiscal ship on the right course.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  06:01 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  New Mexico, pension

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013

After Friday, states will lose $5 billion in food aid

Funding provided by the stimulus bill in 2009 runs out on Friday, and poor families will see benefit cuts.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:41 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alabama, California, economy, farm bill, food aid, Food Stamps, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, newsletter, Poverty, snap, States, texas

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Three more states could legalize gay marriage by year’s end

Gay-rights activists are kicking off a week-long campaign that could see three states legalize same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico, newsletter, same sex marriage, States

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013

Energy sector recovering fast in Western states

A new report shows the energy sector is a major source of jobs and income in Western states.

By Reid Wilson  |  03:50 PM ET, 10/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Colorado, Energy, New Mexico, newsletter, Rankings, States, taxes, wyoming

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013

State reliance on federal dollars near all-time high

States are relying more on federal money than ever before -- and that money is about to disappear.

By Reid Wilson  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, budget, budgets, D.C., deficit, Maryland, New Mexico, virginia

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Many states with few insured citizens aren’t expanding Medicaid under Obamacare

Many of the states whose citizens are most likely to be uninsured have no plans to expand.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  12:01 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, coverage, Delaware, District of Columbia, expansion, Florida, georgia, Hawaii, health, Healthcare, insurance, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, medicaid, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, texas, VERMONT, wisconsin

Posted at 11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013

Want to know what the U.S. of tomorrow will look like? Check out the schools

Thousands of children returned to school on Tuesday morning and, at least in some states, a growing proportion are Hispanic.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:38 AM ET, 09/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  california, census, education, Hispanics, new mexico, population, school enrollment

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013

New Mexico clerks want marriage ruling

New Mexico county clerks will ask the state Supreme Court to clarify whether state law allows same-sex marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  09:45 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, new mexico, same sex marriage, States

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013

Gay marriage legal in New Mexico, sort of

County clerks in New Mexico will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a state judge ruled Monday that the state's marriage law doesn't prohibit gay marriage.

By Reid Wilson  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gay marriage, new mexico, same sex marriage, social issues, States

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013

Gay-marriage backers head to court

Supporters of same-sex marriage are shifting tactics, focusing on courts of law rather than state legislatures.

By Reid Wilson  |  04:33 PM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  arkansas, gay marriage, kentucky, new mexico, same sex marriage, social issues, texas

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Democrats push back on voting rights

Democrats are pushing back at Republican attempts to reform voting laws around the country.

By Reid Wilson  |  01:53 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  colorado, elections, Minnesota, nevada, new mexico, oregon, States, voting, Voting Wars, washington