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Let's Talk Counting On D.C.

Jan 23, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 1/24 8a: Call now 277-KUNM or 277-5866. This weekend thousands of New Mexicans braced for an uncertain work week after failed budget negotiations in Washington, D.C. led to a three-day government shutdown that ended Monday. 

Between national labs and military bases, public lands and social services, the federal government does a lot in New Mexico. Do you work for or do business with the federal government? How does uncertainty about federal funding affect you?

This week on Let’s Talk New Mexico, we’re talking about what it's like to have so many jobs in our state tied to federal funding. Join the conversation on Twitter with #letstalkNM or call in live during the show.

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More than three years after the health care expansion, 43 percent of New Mexico’s total population is signed up for Medicaid. But budgets are tight, and the Human Services Department is trying to figure out how to make it all work. Some of the  proposals presented at a public meeting in Albuquerque were contentious.

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Some environmental groups sued the federal government this week to go further in reducing air pollution -namely carbon monoxide - in eight western states including New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado.  From Flagstaff and the Fronteras Changing America Desk Laurel Morales reports.