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Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe's not done with state lawmakers this year. Though the regular 30-day session wrapped up Thursday at noon, unfinished budget business will bring them back next week.

Governor Bill Richardson has called a special session beginning Wednesday for legislators to find some kind of compromise to shore up the state's $500 million shortfall.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – The first was a bill to dedicate 5 percent of the state's capital outlay funds each year to tribal infrastructure projects.

Shiprock Democratic Senator Lynda Lovejoy said she was tired of begging the Senate Finance Committee for capital money for infrastructure in Indian Country.

Albuquerque, NM – Back at the beginning of the session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his state of the state address and laid out his priorities for New Mexico.

We turned to our listeners to hear what you think the state should focus on.

Today, our last commentator says it will be up to New Mexicans to make sure the state takes care of important issues.

Yolanda Day is a retired English professor and she lives in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – Today marks the one year anniversary of when President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law.

The federal stimulus spending package is sending millions of federal dollars into New Mexico programs.

Former Governor Toney Anaya is heading up the New Mexico office of Recovery and Reinvestment.

His office has tallied more than 10,000 jobs that were created by federal spending last year. However, he says those numbers don't tell the whole story.

Albuquerque, NM – Communities across the country and New Mexico are celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans during the month of February, Black history month.

KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel recently spoke with Professor Sonia Gipson-Rankin, Associate Director of the Africana Studies Program at the University of New Mexico about the meaning and purpose of Black History Month. She says it's about more than just a segment that is taught in schools.

Albuquerque, NM – State lawmakers are debating how to balance the budget and what issues they think should be addressed in Santa Fe.

Back at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson talked about his priorities in the state of the state address.

We turned around and asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Teacher Richard Tarangelo says to assess the state of the New Mexico, we should start by looking at how everyone can support students

Albuquerque, NM – The state House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit political contributions by lobbyists and state contractors. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – Back at the beginning of this year's legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson gave his State of the State address, explaining his priorities for New Mexico this year.

KUNM asked what you think the state's priorities should be and today we continue our State of the State Commentary series with Mark Dunham.

He says the state doesn't have to start from scratch in order to extend Railrunner commuter train service to more New Mexicans.

Mark Dunham does space science research. He lives in Los Alamos.

Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers are still pushing through their final proposals and trying to negotiate a budget for the next fiscal year with a deficit of $500 million looming over every debate in Santa Fe.

We're checking in with reporters from the online news source the New Mexico Independent every day this week to hear about some of the sorties they're following.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with reporter Larry Behrens from the KUNM capitol studio.

Santa Fe, NM – Back at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session, Governor Bill Richardson talked about his priorities in the state of the state address.

We turned around and asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Jim Terr says another money issue has been on his mind recently.

Jim Terr is an actor and satirist, and a regular reviewer on KUNM. He lives in Santa Fe.

Tune in at this time tomorrow to hear from another New Mexican in our State of the State Commentary Series.

Albuquerque, NM – There's a little less than one week left for this year's legislative session in Santa Fe. We're now getting daily updates from reporters with the online news source the New Mexico Independent. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus checked in with Editor Gwyneth Doland.

Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session. We asked you what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Ron Tafoya says it may seem like the state must scale back on spending, but now is exactly the perfect time to invest in programs that will pay off big a little further down the line

 

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM recently asked you what you would say in your own Sate of the State Address. Governor Richardson gave his at the start of this year's legislative session. We heard from many of you about what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Today we continue the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Santa Fe Reporter Editor Julia Goldberg. She says the state needs to go into a 12-step program... now.

Albuquerque, NM – Every Thursday, we talk with reporters and writers from the online news source the New Mexico independent.

This week and next, we're checking in every afternoon with reporters from the independent from the state capitol to get updates on this year's 30 day legislative session.

Sarah Gustavus asked senior writer Trip Jennings to weigh on the latest budget news from Santa Fe, where the Senate Finance Committee, basically the Senate's budget committee held a key vote.

Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico remains one of just ten states without an ethics commission, but that may change soon.

While the idea has failed in the state Senate the past several years, lawmakers this week are looking at several options for forming such a commission, and this year there seems to be some force behind the idea.

Still, as KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, open government advocates aren't exactly thrilled with the proposals.

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has passed legislation that would change how the state calculates a preference for New Mexico companies that bid on state contracts. KUNM's Sarah Gustavus has this summary of what was a complicated debate on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

Albuquerque, NM – KUNM recently asked you what you would say in your own Sate of the State Address. Governor Richardson gave his at the start of this year's legislative session. We heard from many of you about what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Today we continue the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Tom Ormsby. He says the state needs to focus on sunshine, literally and figuratively.

 

Tom Ormsby has lived in New Mexico since 1950.

Santa Fe, NM – Should insurance companies be allowed to charge women higher health coverage rates than men in New Mexico?

That question led to an interesting debate in the state Senate Wednesday.

From our capitol newsroom, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address at the beginning of this year's 30 day legislative session. We asked what you think New Mexico's priorities should be.

Tama Herman says the state has great potential but it's time to change some attitudes.

 

Tama Herman works in Marketing for IT Services and she lives in Albuquerque.

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines.

Santa Fe, NM – Action at the state legislature is really heating up this week. That's why we've decided to start bringing you updates every afternoon with reporters from the online news source, the New Mexico Independent.

KUNM's Sarah Gustavus spoke with independent blogger and New Mexico Independent Reporter Heath Haussamen from our capitol studio in Santa Fe.

Albuquerque, NM – Over the weekend, President Obama announced he would hold a televised health care summit with members of Congress later this month. Obama said he hopes it gets Republicans to "put their ideas on the table."

For the most part, Republicans have been steadfastly opposed to the president's and congressional democrat's ideas for health care overhaul.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with New Mexico's Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman about the president's proposal.

Santa Fe, NM – The state Senate has overridden one of Governor Bill Richardson's 2009 vetoes.

In last year's legislative session, both House and Senate unanimously passed a measure that would require state agencies to disclose to each other and the legislature information about certain contracts.

Richardson pocket vetoed the measure. From our capitol studio, KUNM's Jim Williams reports.

Socorro, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address. We asked you where you think New Mexico's priorities should be, and many people answered.

Paul Krza says it's time for the state of New Mexico to hit up oil and dip into savings.

Paul Krza is a freelance writer from Socorro.

KUNM welcomes commentaries throughout the year. Email commentary@kunm.org for guidelines or call 505.277.8016.

Albuquerque, NM – University of New Mexico President David Schmidly has announced he's putting together a "President's Strategic Advisory Team" to look at ways to streamline UNM's structures and activities.

KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with him Monday afternoon.

Albuquerque, NM – Governor Bill Richardson recently gave his state of the state address. We asked you where you think New Mexico's priorities should be, and many people answered.

Today, we begin the KUNM State of the State Commentary series with Lora Lucero. She says the state has the opportunity right now to chose the right priorities to help the state plan for the future.

Lora Lucero is an editor and land use planner. She lives in Albuquerque.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with Megan Kamerick about this week in business news.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

Albuquerque, NM – Sarah Gustavus speaks with writers and reporters from the online New Mexico Independent about this week's headlines.

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Washington, D.C. – New Mexico's democratic lawmakers say President Obama's plan to create more energy jobs would help unemployed New Mexicans. They got details during the State of the Union address. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington D.C.

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