March 17, 2015

Senate passes $6.23 billion budget -- Santa Fe New Mexican

New Mexico senators late Monday approved a $6.23 billion state budget that members called austere but reasonable, given that new revenue streams shrank because of declining oil prices.

The budget allows for modest funding increases in education, behavioral health care and other select programs. It carried on a 38-3 vote without any significant disagreements being raised during a brief floor debate. -- 3/16/2015


Pew: Nearly One-Third Of Americans Hide Information Online -- NPR's All Tech Considered

Almost a third of Americans have taken steps to hide or shield their information online since Edward Snowden publicized National Security Agency surveillance practices.

But as a country, we're deeply divided — nearly 50-50 — over whether to be concerned about massive government surveillance. And while there are signs that privacy is a partisan issue, it's not partisan in the way you might think.

All that is according to the latest privacy study by the Pew Research Center. -- 3/16/2015


House Republican Budget Overhauls Medicare and Repeals the Health Law -- The New York Times

House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a proposed budget for 2016 that partly privatizes Medicare, turns Medicaid into block grants to the states, repeals the Affordable Care Act and reaches balance in 10 years, challenging Republicans in Congress to make good on their promises to deeply cut federal spending. -- 3/17/2015