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WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall welcomed Facebook's announcement that it will triple the size of its Los Lunas data center, with plans to construct a total of six buildings and invest more than $1 billion in the project:
"Facebook's announcement is a testament to what New Mexico can accomplish when we work together to harness the unique strengths of our state and our workforce. The expansion of this project will further energize economic development in Los Lunas and the entire state, adding much needed jobs and helping to diversify the state's economy. New Mexico has the talent that companies need to thrive in this increasingly competitive global economy – and we're excited to see that Facebook has recognized what our state has to offer. New Mexico is the ideal location for this data center, which Facebook has committed to powering with 100 percent renewable energy. Our state can be a leader in the global clean energy economy, and this facility is an important step toward that goal.
Washington, D.C. (November 14, 2017) Congressman Steve Pearce released the following statement after Facebook announced plans to expand the Los Lunas Data Center a second time:
"New Mexico has long been a hub for technological advancement and development, but this billion-dollar plus investment will once again bring our state to the forefront. Since the first announcement was made in 2016 Facebook has twice decided to expand the size of their Data Center in Los Lunas. This is no mistake. Our State offers the environment, talent, and space needed for high-tech companies to succeed.
Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that New Mexicans who were deceived into sending payments to scammers using Western Union's wire transfer service may now apply for compensation from a $586 million fund administered by the Department of Justice's Victim Asset Recovery Program. This fund is related to a multi-state settlement with New Mexico and 49 other states, the District of Columbia and Western Union that was first announced in January. New Mexicans may be eligible to receive compensation if they were a victim of a fraud-induced transfer using Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017.
"We have secured financial restitution for potentially thousands of New Mexico families that were scammed using Western Union over the past thirteen years," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "New Mexicans who have been victims of a scam should call our office to report the fraud and seek assistance from our consumer advocates."
Location/time: Miller Library, Thursday November 16, 6:00 pm.
Sponsors: The Democratic Party of Grant County, WNMU's MEChA and Young Democrats Club.
The Grant County Democratic Party presents their monthly forum, a panel discussion on the question, "Do we really support our veterans?" The panelists include: Merrie Bright, Veteran; Rudy Martinez, NM Representative of District 38; Jeff Carr, Candidate for Lt. Governor; Armando Amador, Founder of Local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 358. Moderating will be WNMU Student and MEChA member, Sergio Salinas. Potluck following the forum!
Washington, D.C. (November 13, 2017) Last week, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. It will next be brought up on the House Floor for a vote.
Changes to this bill include reducing the tax rate for small businesses to encourage investment in employees and operations, as well as expansion. Small businesses are critical to the success of local economies, the tax code should include pro-growth policies that aid these businesses. This bill also prioritizes families and children by doubling the standard deduction, preserving the Adoption Tax Credit, and expanding the child tax credit.
Hanover: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday November 13, 2017:
The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with James Hamilton Construction Co. (Contractor) will have lane closures for road work on NM 152 for the construction of the Bebo Arch Structure. Speed limit will be reduced to 20 MPH. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Hours of operation will be from 6:30 am till 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Construction is scheduled to be complete by summer 2018.
For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.
In a victory for working people in New Mexico, district court judge David K. Thomson has issued a permanent injunction to provide state employees two hours of paid time off to vote in municipal elections.
Previously in 2014, the state government's voting leave policy was changed so that workers were only allowed paid time off to vote in state and federal elections -- not municipal.
Santa Fe NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert to encourage online holiday shoppers to avoid common scams. The Attorney General is issuing tips for avoiding online scams during this hectic time of year to help New Mexico shoppers stay alert and protect their finances.
"The holiday shopping season is one of the most dangerous times for consumers to fall victim to scams," Attorney General Balderas said. "Many people ramp up their spending this time of year and making sure that gifts arrive on time can put pressure on shoppers to leap into expenses before looking into whether businesses and their products are legitimate."
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