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SANTA FE - Emails obtained by Power The Future – New Mexico reveal the Secretary of New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) relied upon a former employer to help craft the Energy Transition Act (ETA.) In fact, several environmental groups with out-of-state ties were given the opportunity to craft this controversial legislation that will lead to job losses and increased electric rates all over New Mexico.
“It is outrageous for the eco-left to be writing bills that will impact the lives of thousands of New Mexico’s families when the interests of energy workers were simply cast aside,” said Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power The Future. “Even more concerning is the appearance that a high-level administration official worked with her former employer in crafting this bill. The ETA is going to cost jobs and harm our economy, and New Mexican’s deserve to know who is behind it.”
By Senator Pete Campos
All across the country, states are moving to legalize cannabis. So far, 33 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana in some form. Ten states and the District of Columbia allow adult recreational use, and another 14 states, including New Mexico, have now passed laws decriminalizing marijuana possession. During this year's legislative session, hundreds of citizens came to voice their opinions regarding the next logical step, the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Mexico. Policy changes such as this have profound effects on health, education and the economy, so it is imperative that we proceed cautiously.
By Paul Gessing
For years the Rio Grande Foundation has attempted to educate New Mexicans on the bad economics of film subsidies. The program which actually began under then Gov. Gary Johnson was enhanced by Bill Richardson when he and the Legislature made it state policy to return 25 cents for every dollar spent in the State to the film industry.
The amount that could be spent in support of the film industry was uncapped during the Richardson Administration leading to some wild swings in annual subsidy payments. That situation was partially resolved during the Martinez Administration when a $50 million annual cap was placed on payouts, but subsidies could (and did) accumulate above that amount.
By Leslie Bronken
(DEMING, NM) On May 14, 2019 a meeting was held at the Deming Fairgrounds to discuss the status of the fair and the asylum seekers who had been transported to Deming by US Customs and Border Patrol. Approximately 150 people from the community arrived to listen to what government officials had to say and to ask questions.
On Saturday, city and county government officials were given next to no advance notice that CBP was going to drop off asylum seekers at two bus stops in Deming so they could catch buses to their sponsors' locations. CBP does not get involved in the process of helping asylum seekers contact their sponsors. There was no place to purchase tickets at these two bus stop locations. Government officials held a meeting and decided to find temporary shelter and secured building #1 at the fairgrounds. This decision was made so that the asylum seekers would not be roaming around homeless in Deming without any way to make contact with their sponsors.
By House Republican Leader James Townsend (R-Artesia)
The situation on the U.S.-Mexico border is an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe. In times like these, one’s character is revealed, which is why the response from New Mexico’s political leaders is so disheartening.
The headlines this past month have been alarming. More than 650 people crossing the border were taken into custody in just a couple hours during the early morning of April 30.
International trade through our points-of-entry on the southern border is being choked to a standstill. Meanwhile, interior checkpoints have been shut down because the agents that usually staff those security stations have been reassigned to the border.
According to data provided by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, from October 2018 through March 2019 border apprehensions of family units—a parent or guardian with at least one accompanying minor child—were up 374 percent from the previous year. In addition, almost 36,000 unaccompanied children were taken into custody during the same period.
“PNM has behaved badly,” said Santa Fe PNM customer, Mrs. Leah Berg, on a variety of public platforms.
Mistakes are bound to happen, and it is the responsibility of PNM to take ownership and work towards making it right when they do. When Mrs. Berg brought her concerns to PNM and to the media, she provided information to PNM explaining that she 1) she simply enjoys baking in her detached studio and should not be charged a small power commercial rate because she was not a business, rather she should be charged a residential rate and 2) she didn’t understand why PNM installed two meters on her property.
Op-ed by Larry Behrens, Western States Director for Power the Future
The men and women who work in New Mexico’s energy industry would be the last to stand up and take credit for all they have done for our state. Nonetheless, they deserve our gratitude.
There are over 100,000 energy employees in New Mexico and we proudly stand with each one of them.
New Mexico’s energy workers deliver affordable and effective power that lights our cities and heats our homes. Our energy workers have made New Mexico a top producer in the United States and the energy they create delivers billions to our classrooms and makes every aspect of our way of life possible.
By Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Los Lunas)
Sometimes, New Mexico can’t help but snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
Three years ago, New Mexico won a national competition to bring Facebook to our state. Facebook agreed to build its new data center in Los Lunas, and in exchange, New Mexico promised the company that the state would upgrade its electric grid to power the complex with 100% renewable energy.
The agreement was a victory for everyone involved, especially New Mexico. Facebook would get the best deal possible for its new data center and invest $1 billion in the project. New Mexico would gain millions in tax revenue from the economic activity spun-off from the data center. And everyone would benefit from upgraded transmission infrastructure that would bring more renewable energy online.
Mary Alice is back, but on slow-mo, trying to catch up with all that didn't get done before she had to leave.
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