August 25, 2016

State cash reserves hit zero as budget troubles mount -- Santa Fe New Mexican

Falling tax revenues have left a $654 million hole in the state budget, and New Mexico lawmakers learned Wednesday that the reserve fund for day-to-day government operations is completely drained.

The Legislature is expected to convene next month in a special session in Santa Fe to transfer money to the operating budget from an account containing cash tobacco companies paid to settle a lawsuit. -- 8/25/2016


New Mexico schools post improved grades, ABQ falls behind -- Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico schools earned just slightly more A’s and B’s than D’s and F’s in the latest round of school grades, but Albuquerque fell behind.

Statewide 38 percent of schools, a total of 325, reached the top two grade levels compared with 37 percent, or 315, at the bottom, according to data the New Mexico Public Education Department released Wednesday. -- 8/24/2016


NM Supreme Court clarifies state whistleblower lawLas Cruces Sun News

The New Mexico Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a case involving former Secretary of State Mary Herrera that narrows the grounds for whistleblowers to bring legal action by shielding officeholders from personal liability. The justices have overturned an earlier appellate court ruling that the Whistleblower Protection Act allowed state officials to be sued as individuals. - - 8/24/16