Economy

Bridge funding in infrastructure law on the way to states

BY: - January 17, 2022

 The federal government will begin releasing more than $5 billion for distressed bridges in the first year of funding under the recent infrastructure law, President Joe Biden said in a Friday video message. He specifically mentioned the Brent Spence Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky, the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River between Oregon and […]

COMMENTARY

The Great Resignation

BY: - January 13, 2022

The so-called Great Resignation was one of the top stories of 2021 as “record” numbers of workers reportedly quit their jobs. The latest figures came out on Jan. 4, 2022, and showed that 4.5 million people voluntarily left their positions in November – an “all-time high,” according to the agency responsible for collecting the data. That’s 3% of the […]

Navajo Nation will send $2,000 to adults and $600 to kids in COVID-19 hardship aid

BY: - January 6, 2022

The Navajo people are getting some much needed help from their Tribal government as another round of COVID-19 hardship assistance checks are expected to roll out soon. Enrolled citizens of the Navajo Nation can expect funds in the coming weeks with $2000 for every adult and $600 for minors, after Navajo Nation Tribal leaders signed […]

NM leaders promote hydrogen production despite questionable environmental benefits

BY: - January 5, 2022

Two big hydrogen-based business projects are the cusp of a wave of investment and jobs that New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham hopes to see wash across the state — and they have arrived before her Hydrogen Hub Act had a chance to debut at the upcoming legislative session. That act is to be her signature bill for […]

Scrase: Pandemic will drag on until the world is vaccinated

BY: - January 3, 2022

Eight months after the Biden administration said it supports lifting international patent rules on COVID-19 vaccines, it still has not delivered a patent waiver, even as the omicron variant spreads faster than any previous strain of the deadly virus. While 75% of New Mexicans and 61% of U.S. residents are fully vaccinated and many people […]

Wage boost for chile workers hangs in the balance, though some say the state could make it happen

BY: - December 23, 2021

Some New Mexico farmers and their employees are bracing for a tough holiday season, many of them left on the hook after being promised a living wage to produce this winter’s red chile crop.  About $2.2 million in wage subsidies for thousands of workers is sitting unspent at the Department of Agriculture, the casualty of […]

Biden extends student loan repayment pause three more months

BY: - December 22, 2021

President Joe Biden will continue a pandemic-spurred pause on student loan repayments until May 1, he said Wednesday. Loan repayments were set to restart Jan. 31, following months of the U.S. Education Department not requiring payments during the pandemic. Biden told the department to extend the moratorium initially placed by President Donald Trump’s administration. It […]

More people join call for UNM Foundation to divest from oil and gas

BY: - December 22, 2021

Accusations that the University of New Mexico Foundation violates state law around public charities and conflicts of interest appear to be gaining momentum. The foundation invests in oil and gas, and some of its members have ties to the industry. But are those ties close enough to constitute a legal violation? A group fighting for […]

Make sure you got paid enough to harvest chile this year

BY: - December 21, 2021

Occasionally, farmworkers call New Mexico Legal Aid worried they’ve been cheated out of their bonus or pay boost — the state-funded wage increase aimed at curbing a labor shortage to protect this year’s chile crop. It’s a valid fear, said attorney Ismael Camacho, but he doesn’t know what to tell them.  That’s because the New […]

Schumer vows U.S. Senate action on voting rights and social policy, as Manchin rift deepens

BY: - December 21, 2021

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Monday he plans to force votes on voting rights, a sweeping social policy bill and a change to Senate rules early next year — even as members of his caucus have made clear in recent days Democrats lack the support to pass those proposals. In a letter to […]

Graduate workers win union in card count

BY: - December 20, 2021

It’s official: graduate student workers at the University of New Mexico have the right to demand school officials come to the bargaining table. New Mexico’s statewide labor board counted 887 cards signed by UNM graduate students expressing their wishes to join United Graduate Workers (UGW-UE). That represents 57.3% of the 1,547 graduate workers in the […]

Biden administration resists Democrats’ pleas on student debt relief as deadline nears

BY: - December 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are urging the White House to extend the freeze on student loan repayments, and for the president to cancel up to $50,000 of student debt — but so far the administration is not budging. The standoff is one of the more noticeable splits between President Joe Biden and members of his […]