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New Mexico Legislature approaches budget agreement

New Mexico Legislature approaches budget agreement

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature gave its final approval Wednesday to an operating budget for next year that shaves spending by $7 million, as the state draws down operating reserves to offset plummeting revenues tied to oil and natural gas. With a 57-10 concurrence vote by the House of Representatives, the $6.2 budget is now in ...

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New Mexico lawmakers race to resolve budget, crime issues

New Mexico lawmakers race to resolve budget, crime issues

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico lawmakers are racing to approve a balanced budget in a year of plunging oil revenues while pushing forward with an ambitious slate of criminal justice initiatives and anti-corruption reforms. The state’s abbreviated 30-day legislative session comes to a close by law at noon Thursday. Amid election-year politicking, lawmakers in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled ...

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New Mexico lobbyists dole out $750K in campaign donations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Lobbyists and their clients handed out about $750,000 in campaign contributions to New Mexico lawmakers, Gov. Susana Martinez and others in the months leading up to this year’s legislative session, according to the latest disclosure reports. The contributions were in addition to nearly $90,000 spent by lobbyists since last spring for food, drinks, gifts and entertainment for ...

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Energy plan designed to facilitate comeback

New Mexico’s oil and gas industry may be in the doldrums now, but state and economic development officials are laying the groundwork for a rapid comeback when markets improve. Gov. Susana Martinez released a new energy plan for New Mexico in September that calls for broad infrastructure development in the state’s Permian Basin in the southeast and the San Juan ...

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Gov. Susana Martinez says NMED will review EPA response to spill

FARMINGTON — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the New Mexico Environment Department will investigate the Gold King Mine spill that released more than 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers earlier this month. The investigation will examine the spill’s cause and the response from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which accepted responsibility for ...

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Official says NM is ready for new power plant rules

FARMINGTON — Officials with Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and a local power utility said the state is prepared to meet tighter power plant regulations — announced Monday by the Obama administration — that are intended to curb greenhouse gas emissions. New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn said in a email that the Clean Power Plan amounts to “overreach” by the ...

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Judge could halt oil drilling permits in Mancos Shale

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A judge is deciding whether to impose a moratorium on oil drilling permits for land in northwestern New Mexico. U.S. Judge James Browning could implement a moratorium as a lawsuit filed in March by environmental organizations moves forward, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Browning began hearing arguments Monday and is expected to issue a ruling in August. The ...

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