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Governor Says Furloughs Could Start Soon, Sessions Warns Sanctuary Cities About Losing Funds

Governor Warns Furloughs Could Begin In April – Associated Press, Santa Fe New Mexican Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico is facing a crisis and soon will not be able to sign checks or pay contracts and that employee furloughs are possible.

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Advocates Celebrate Withdrawal Of GOP Health Plan

Local anti-poverty advocates are thrilled that House Republicans pulled their proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act Friday before a vote.

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New Mexico Lawmakers Eye Plan To Curb Solitary Confinement – The Associated Press

New Mexico lawmakers are considering legislation designed to curb solitary confinement in jails and prisons across the state.

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New Mexico Senate Approves Gasoline Tax IncreaseThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has approved a plan to shore up state reserves and boost road maintenance spending by increasing taxes on gasoline, diesel and vehicle sales.

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The Latest: New Mexico Senate Approves Minimum Wage HikeThe Associated Press

The New Mexico Senate has approved a bill to increase the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 to $9.

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Shortly after the president concludes, Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care. NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9:00 PM Eastern Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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Recreational Pot Bill Stalls in House Committee – The ABQ Journal, The Santa Fe New Mexican

A bill to legalize and tax recreational marijuana was blocked in committee in Santa Fe yesterday.

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Domestic violence gets a lot of attention in New Mexico after something really gruesome happens, but long-term health consequences often go overlooked. A measure in the Roundhouse draws attention to the effects of strangulation. 

Borderlands Under Trump

Feb 27, 2017
Marisa Demarco

KUNM Call In Show 3/2 8a: Call now toll-free 1-877-899-5866. President Trump has issued executive orders that beef up immigration enforcement, and that also affect refugees and travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries. Is toughening rules on immigrants and refugees a good thing for New Mexico? What are the implications of these rules, and how are local elected officials responding? 

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Santa Fe Councilors Compete With Mayor's Soda Tax Plan- Santa Fe New Mexican, Associated Press

A political battle is brewing between Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and two city councilors over the mayor's proposal to tax sugary drinks to fund early childhood education programs.

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New Mexico Consolidates Personnel FunctionsAssociated Press

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order Friday designed to save money by shifting human resources functions to a single executive agency.

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Borderlands Under Trump

KUNM Call In Show 3/2 8a: Call now toll-free 1-877-899-5866. President Trump has issued executive orders that beef up immigration enforcement, and that also affect refugees and travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries. Is toughening rules on immigrants and refugees a good thing for New Mexico? What are the implications of these rules, and how are local elected officials responding?

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