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August 7, 2014

"NM plans to reimpose work requirement for food stamps" Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration proposes to reimpose and broaden work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.  Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for an estimated 26,600 childless adults to get food stamps. The mandate was suspended in 2009 because of the national recession. On-the-job training and community service also can help meet the work mandate.  The Human Services Department says it’s uncertain how many people would be affected by the proposed job search changes.


"Rail Runner Express to undergo safety review of Santa Fe crossings" Progressive Railroading

During the next 60 to 90 days, Federal Railroad Administration safety experts will join officials from the Rio Metro Regional Transit District, New Mexico Department of Transportation and other stakeholders to conduct a safety review of Sante Fe grade crossings involving the New Mexico Rail Runner Express. – 8/7/2014

August 6, 2014

"Departments blame confusion for lack of WIPP inspections" Albuquerque Business First

The U.S. Labor Department said it didn’t perform regular safety inspections at New Mexico’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant because it wasn’t sure it had the authority to do so.  According to a letter sent to Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM), the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph Main said that the problem stems from confusion about MSHA’s authority in the facility because it is run by the Department of Energy. – 8/6/2014

August 4, 2014

"New Mexico one of five worst states for education, study says" Albuquerque Business First

A new report by financial site WalletHub brings more bad news for our state: New Mexico is among the five worst states in education.  Using data from, among other places, the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, WalletHub ranked New Mexico 46th overall in education.  The overall rankings were compiled using data in a number of categories, including dropout rates, math test scores and reading test scores.  New Mexico scored poorly across all three individual categories, placing 43rd in dropout rate, 47th in math test scores and 50th in reading test scores. – 8/4/2014

August 5, 2014

"New Mexico student proficiency drops from 2010" – Santa Fe New Mexican

The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was in 2010.  Recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring.  That’s down 4 percentage points since 2010. – 8/5/2014

July 29, 2014

"Parts of NM receive record rainfall; more on the way" Albuquerque Journal

Parts of drought-stricken New Mexico have received record rainfall, and forecasters say more is coming this evening.  A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said northern and central New Mexico will likely see locally heavy rainfall.  More severe weather in the state is expected this week, bringing the possibility of flooding and dangerous road conditions.


"New Mexico tax holiday starts Friday for shoppers" Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico’s annual tax holiday is approaching and will provide shoppers with savings on purchases of school supplies, computers and some clothing and shoes.  Starting Friday through the weekend, there will be no gross receipts tax on certain products purchased at participating retailers.  The Taxation and Revenue Department’s web site lists the tax treatment of various goods. – 7/28/2014