Gov & Politics

More details on how tribal communities plan to use federal housing relief funds

BY: - January 20, 2022

From emergency shelters to modular homes to utility hookups, tribes are determining how to best use housing money set to come their way soon. Nearly $5 million in federal money is headed to housing projects in Apache and Pueblo communities as part of the COVID-19 relief.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced […]

U.S. Senate blocks change in the filibuster for voting rights bills

BY: - January 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — Every Republican in the U.S. Senate and two Democrats on Wednesday night rejected a proposed change in the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, dealing a major blow to attempts in Congress to counter restrictive voting laws passed in the states. In a 48-52 vote, two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona […]

Republicans debate familiar mask rules for the Roundhouse in the Senate

BY: - January 19, 2022

New Mexico Republicans repeatedly said the debate they ignited about face mask requirements on the state Senate floor was not political. They tried to argue against the need for masks with a scientific approach, citing various studies they read personally. When the math was settled, the seven GOP members who spoke out were on the […]

Housing rights organizers call on lawmakers to lift the statewide ban on rent control

BY: - January 19, 2022

It’s likely that every lawmaker in the Roundhouse slept on comfortable beds in warm homes or hotel rooms before coming to work on Tuesday. The same cannot be said for thousands of teachers, essential workers, veterans and others, who slept on the streets of New Mexico’s cities and rural communities, said Jay Wilson, of the […]

Vacation rentals and Texans’ second homes would be taxed more under proposed bill

BY: - January 19, 2022

A bipartisan bill introduced this legislative session aims to collect more in taxes from owners of properties used for AirBnB, and as second or third homes here. New Mexico caps the increase on assessed property value at 3% each year. It’s a policy meant to prevent owners from being driven out of their homes by […]

Forest Service in ‘paradigm shift’ to use logging, controlled burns to prevent wildfires

BY: - January 19, 2022

The Biden administration will use $3 billion from last year’s infrastructure law to revamp the federal approach to wildfire management, introducing a 10-year plan to deal with the large swaths of the West scientists consider most at risk of destructive blazes. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, announced the new strategy in Phoenix, […]

LIVE: State of the State 2022

BY: - January 18, 2022

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivered the State of the State virtually on Tuesday to launch the 30-day legislative session. The session is budget-focused, though other measures can be added if the governor puts them on the call. Reporters and editors from around New Mexico fact-checked and annotated the speech live. Watch the address and scroll […]

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Lawmakers faced with dueling budgets for NM environment agencies

BY: - January 18, 2022

Initial budget proposals from the executive and legislative branches offer a view of the fault line to funding climate priorities at the top of the 30-day legislative session.  Conservation advocates said they’re worried state agencies that regulate polluters and monitor the state’s air and water will be underfunded by lawmakers in the 2022 legislative session […]

COMMENTARY

What would MLK think about America in 2022?

BY: - January 17, 2022

It’s certainly no coincidence that debate over the most significant piece of voting rights legislation in more than a generation is coming to a head as we celebrate the holiday dedicated to the United States’ preeminent civil rights icon. While it’s a stretch to call the prevailing politically hued conjecture over the John Lewis Voting […]

Governor adds rent reform to packed session schedule, but one big provision missing, advocates say

BY: - January 17, 2022

New Mexico is one of 19 states where it is still legal for landlords to reject a tenant based on how they’re paying rent, be it a Section 8 voucher, a Veterans Affairs benefit or some other subsidy, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council.

Youth climate activists convene on eve of session

BY: - January 17, 2022

On the eve of the 2022 regular legislative session, a panel of New Mexico youth climate activists will hold a live discussion about organizing for power-shifting solutions, instead of proposals prioritizing the pockets of industry and corporations. Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA) plans to host an Energy Democracy Convergence today to deliberate the […]

Facing rising COVID-19 case numbers, the Navajo Nation issues new tribal public health orders

BY: - January 17, 2022

Since the start of the year, the Navajo Nation has reported more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases, with as many as 525 cases on Friday. In response, the tribe is updating public health orders aimed at curbing the spread of the illness. It also means that schools in Navajo country are once again at “red […]