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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2018) - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced the Degrees Not Debt Act to ensure higher education is accessible and affordable to all New Mexicans. The legislation is part of Senator Heinrich's initiative to build a brighter economic future for students in New Mexico.
"There's no doubt that a college education is still one of the surest ways to gain the skills needed to build a successful career, but we need to make sure New Mexicans have a fair shot at affording it without being crushed by debt," said Senator Heinrich. "Instead of giving tax breaks to the wealthy, we should be investing in a better economic future for our students. The Degrees Not Debt Act will make college affordable by increasing the value of the Pell Grant and holding states accountable in maintaining higher education funding."
FARMINGTON – The third annual conference on environmental conditions of the Animas and San Juan watershed will be June 19-22 at the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington.
Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced a proposal for immediate action on school safety planning for schools across New Mexico. In a letter sent to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski, Attorney General Balderas details the first tier of a multi-tiered plan to bring every school in the state up to a minimum threshold of security within the next school year. The letter also highlights necessary regulatory changes that will mandate safety planning and security measures that are currently not in law and which the Office of the Attorney General's research found what the Attorney General described as a "patchwork system" of safety initiatives that "is inherently filled with dangerous gaps." The letter also calls for pursuing federal funding to ensure that state funds are leveraged and that the measures can be implemented quickly.
"There is no greater duty for every public official in the State of New Mexico than keeping our children safe in school," said Attorney General Balderas. "We can no longer put the burden solely on our teachers and school administrators; it is time for all hands on deck to ensure that our laws and our funding priorities meet the safety needs of our students."
NMDOT to hold Public Meeting
Santa Fe, NM – Today, Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel, announced $156,850 in Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) grants to 16 communities across the state as well as $66,500 in Solo Worker grants to 3 communities. The grants will fund a variety of economic development projects throughout New Mexico and support the continued growth of our state and local economy.
"These community development grants will further our work to grow and diversify New Mexico's economy," said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. "These LEADS and Solo Worker grants will promote job creation, corporate recruitment and business development. With the awarded funds, communities are able to invest in themselves and foster change in their own backyards."
Carlsbad, NM – Friends of Living Desert will once again sponsor Zoo Camp at Living Desert State Park. This year's theme is "Mammals of the Chihuahuan Desert." The camp is for children ages 7 -12 years who have completed 1st grade, and the dates are July 9 - 13 or July 16 - 20, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The fee is $45 per child or $35 for children of Friends of Living Desert.
Registration has commenced, and space is very limited, so register your child as soon as possible. For more information, please call Sandra Cosand at (575) 887-5516.
Attorney General Hector Balderas is warning New Mexicans, as scam callers are targeting consumers with aggressive phone calls, posing as IRS agents. Those scam calls range from threats of monetary penalties for lack of tax payments, to threats of immediate arrest.
"No matter who calls threatening to represent the IRS, I'm urging New Mexicans not to send any money to these scammers," Attorney General Hector Balderas said. "Inevitably, they are out to get unsuspecting people to send them money—for absolutely nothing. If the IRS believes you owe money, you will be notified in writing in the mail."
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that the committee has advanced key legislation to provide strong funding for New Mexico's national labs, cleanup projects and technology transfer efforts, the Waste Isolation Pilot Program (WIPP), and water infrastructure projects throughout the state. The overall bill also provided strong increases for basic science and clean energy development funding.
Udall, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, helped secure a funding increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, which funds both Sandia and Los Alamos National Labs. Udall also secured a funding increase for cleanup at Los Alamos, as well as strong funding for advanced biofuels and technology transfer to encourage job growth and innovation.
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