Governor Martinez’s help isn’t quite so helpful these days. West Virginia’s gubernatorial candidate Bill Cole, a Republican, was the subject of a Democratic party press release today after he asked New Mexico’s Governor Susana Martinez to validate his candidacy with her endorsement. Martinez’s endorsement was pretty much expected for a Republican candidate for governor. She is the chairwoman of the National Republican Governors Association and that makes … Continue reading W Va Gov Gets Hit for Endorsement by “disgraced” “pizza party” NM Gov
What are New Mexicans saying about the legislature? We’re reading newspapers statewide to see. Here are a few examples. “Right-to-Work” Kills Education Gallup Independent, Feb. 2, 2016 If you’ve followed the debate about so-called “right-to-work” laws possibly passing the New Mexico legislature this year, you’ve probably heard the statistics about how workers are paid less and unemployment is consistently higher in states with these … Continue reading What New Mexicans are saying about the legislature
While it might not sound like a sexy issue, the prevailing wage is extremely important for New Mexico’s workers. Last night, HB 200, the bill introduced by new Secretary of State candidate Rep. Nora Espinoza to gut the prevailing wage, was debated in committee but rolled over until tonight at 5:30pm for a vote. New Mexico labor organizations passionately opposed the bill with dozens of the building trades’ skilled … Continue reading Why is new SOS candidate trying to gut wages?
A report last week announced that, “New Mexico’s economy is stagnant, largely because of the state’s reputation for corruption and crony capitalism and an environment that fosters pay to play behavior.” Now, there’s yet another story about Susana Martinez’s shady dealings, this time about her using her political power to bail out a big campaign donor. Crony capitalism at its finest worst. New Mexico’s reputation has taken … Continue reading More of Martinez’s crony capitalism exposed
Tuesday night the Las Cruces Public Schools board of directors met for work and ProgressNow NM was there. It was the first meeting since Public Education Department Secretary Hanna Skandera sent a scathing letter threatening a state takeover of the board last week. Tuesday’s meeting was full of supporters of the LCPS board, many wearing stickers that said, “I support local control.” That’s feeling of local teachers, … Continue reading Supporters of local control defend Cruces school board against PED overreach
Paul Gessing asked for “research-based ideas” about “right to work.” We’re happy to oblige. And he doesn’t have to take our word for it. Last spring, two of the country’s most preeminent labor economists — Richard Freeman at Harvard University and Paula Voos at Rutgers University — published a summary of “right to work” research designed to help the public distinguish between “rigorous” and bogus … Continue reading Harvard Econ. Professors: Here’s how to evaluate Right to Work laws’
[UPDATE: Debate on Sen. Ortiz y Pino’s proposal was pushed back today. No word yet on when (or if) it will be heard before the session ends. To stay up-to-date, be sure to join our email list by clicking here.] Today the Senate Rules Committee will discuss a constitutional amendment to be added to the ballot in November that would decide the fate of legalizing marijuana … Continue reading Marijuana legalization being debated today, poll shows major support
Why are Republican legislators in Santa Fe laser-focused on harsh crime bills that don’t actually prevent crime?