Santa Fe, NM – State lawmakers have adjourned after a special session to fill a 600 million dollar budget hole for the coming fiscal year. Much of the budget fix was done by raising taxes. As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, that's left more than one Democrat uneasy in an election year, and ready to talk about income taxes for the wealthy.
Santa Fe, NM – As lawmakers prepared to debate the appropriations bill Wednesday, state Senators were reflecting on the tax increase package that passed that chamber Tuesday night. KUNM's Jim Williams has more from our capitol newsroom.
Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico U.S. Senator Tom Udall is blasting a Republican filibuster of federal funds for highway projects and unemployment payments, say the delay is impacting projects in New Mexico. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Santa Fe, NM – New Mexico lawmakers are back in Santa Fe today for a special session to deal with the state budget after they were unable to find consensus in the regular session that ended nearly two weeks ago.
As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom, negotiations have gotten legislators closer to agreement, but some say they were shut out of that process.
Albuquerque, NM – The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Library and Psychiatry Department hosted a panel discussion on mental health policy last night on the UNM campus. At issue, among other things, was how the state addresses mental health services and funds them.
KUNM's Jim Williams spoke with one of the organizers about the focus of the event.
Albuquerque, NM – Another wet winter storm is moving into New Mexico, and the National Weather Service says this one could be even more potent than some of our recent ones. KUNM's Jim Williams reports.
Albuquerque, NM – President Obama outlined his proposal Monday morning to move along the health care overhaul debate that seemingly has Congress stalled. KUNM's Jim Williams visited with both New Mexico U.S. Senators about it, and about what appears to be a surge in support for bypassing the filibuster to pass a "public option".
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.
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.
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.
Santa Fe, NM – On the sixth day of the 30-day budget legislative session in Santa Fe, discussions of what to do about an estimated $500 million state budget deficit are taking place all over the Roundhouse.
The major options can be boiled down to basically two categories: increases in income and sales taxes, and cuts to education, Medicaid, and state government departments and programs.
As KUNM's Jim Williams reports from our capitol newsroom though, it's the state Senate that likely holds the cards in this debate.