January 6, 2016

Governor proposes 2017 budget of $6.46B, stresses public safety, education and jobs  -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Gov. Susana Martinez proposed during a news conference Tuesday that the state spend $6.46 billion during the 2017 budget year on a plan that prioritizes public safety, education and jobs.

Her budget plan, which she called “quite cautious,” would increase state spending by 3.7 percent, or $228 million, from the previous fiscal year. -- 1/6//2016


Obama tweaks gun rules -- Albuquerque Journal

An emotional President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled plans to tighten U.S. gun control policies and close the so-called gun show loophole, triggering cheers from gun control advocates and Democrats in Congress – as well as Albuquerque gun dealers who predicted the new rules would boost their sales.

Sidestepping a Congress that has resisted additional gun restrictions, Obama used his executive powers to expand the federal definition of “gun dealers” in a way his administration hopes will lead to more checks on gun buyers.

“This is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns,” Obama said in a ceremony at the White House. “You pass a background check, you purchase a firearm. The problem is some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules.” -- 1/6/2015