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This category will feature news releases from out-of-area government agencies and representatives, as well as events that are not taking place in the four-county area of Grant, Catron, Hidalgo or Luna. For those events please visit Local News Releases.

Hatch: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Thursday September 21, 2017:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) along with FNF Construction, INC. (Contractor) will continue Roadway Rehabilitation along Interstate 25.

SANTA FE, NM – Today, State Auditor Tim Keller released a report shining a light on New Mexico's tax policy choices. The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) tallied more than $1 billion in tax breaks, with helpful collaboration from the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD). The OSA report contains a broader array of tax breaks than what is included in the annual TRD tax expenditure report.

"Last year, we gave over $1 billion in tax revenue to different types of tax breaks with little reporting to determine whether they are helping to create jobs and strengthen our economy," stated Keller. "Bringing transparency to the return on investment is key to making informed tax policy choices that help our state."

Washington, D.C. (September 14, 2017) The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act of 2018, which finishes the FY18 appropriations process for the House of Representatives by providing funding levels for eight funding bills. This package included two Pearce amendments that rollback excessive and duplicative regulations on the oil and gas industry. Inclusion of these amendments will greatly benefit New Mexico.

"New Mexico's oil and gas industry represents nearly 40% of the State's budget. Implementation of these Obama era rules would have a profound impact not only on the success of oil and gas in New Mexico, but the success and livelihood of the State overall. The money oil and gas contributes ensures our roads are safe, our schools are modern, and our law enforcement departments have the resources they need to keep us safe.

Beyond the benefits to the State, New Mexico is a national leader in energy resource development, and by hindering the production of oil and gas in New Mexico, we are not only increasing our reliance on foreign oil, but it also hurts the economy and costs jobs. I appreciate my colleagues understanding the importance of New Mexico oil and gas for our nation and supporting the passage of these amendments," said Rep. Pearce

For the first time since 2009, the House of Representatives have completed consideration and passed all twelve appropriations bills prior to the start of the new fiscal year.

"One of the House's essential functions is to establish federal spending for the year to come," continued Rep. Pearce. "Setting funding levels provides both federal agencies and the businesses around the nation that support the government with certainty. With the passage of H.R. 3354 today, the House did just this. Not only does this bill allow Congress to meet its commitments to the nation, it expands opportunity for economic growth and development, ensures federal agencies have the resources they need to complete core functions, and also sets our country on a more sustainable financial path. I look forward to my colleagues in the Senate taking action on our work and providing the nation with a stable budget for the year to come."

Background
H.R. 3354 included the passage of agriculture and rural development, commerce, justice, science, financial services and general government, homeland security, the interior and environment, labor, health and human services, education, state and foreign operations, and transportation, housing and urban development appropriations bills. In addition, the bill included the passage of two amendments sponsored by Rep. Pearce to block the enactment of the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Onshore Order #3 rule and the Waste Prevention rule, otherwise known as the Venting and Flaring rule. The Onshore Order #3 regulation would create multiple duplicative and unnecessary regulations for the production of oil and gas on federal lands. The BLM's Venting and Flaring rule would attempt to regulate air quality for energy production on federal lands even though methane emissions have decreased 21% since 1990 while production has increased 47%.

On July 27, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to pass funding for critical defense programs including the Department of Defense, military construction – Department of Veteran's Affairs, energy and water development, and legislative branch funding bills.

PHOENIX — The Internal Revenue Service today announced special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma. This parallels relief granted to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey victims.

Under these programs, employees may forgo their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes, before Jan. 1, 2019, to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster.

Under this special relief, the donated leave will not be included in the income or wages of the employees. Employers will be permitted to deduct the cash payments as business expenses.

This relief is similar to that provided following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, and last year following Hurricane Matthew and severe flooding in Louisiana. Details of this relief are in Notice 2017-52, posted today on IRS.gov.

Information on other tax relief available to victims of Hurricane Irma can be found at www.irs.gov/hurricaneirma. For information on government-wide relief efforts, visit www.USA.gov/hurricane-irma.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham successfully added four amendments to the omnibus appropriations bill, including increased funding for the hiring of state and local police officers in high-crime communities like Albuquerque.

The House passed the appropriations bill today, which now heads to the Senate for consideration.

bernd leinauer 2 rsNew Mexico State University Extension turfgrass specialist Bernd Leinauer was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)WRITER: Savannah Montero, 575-646-3223, smontero@nmsu.edu
CONTACT: Bernd Leinauer , 575-646-2546, leinauer@nmsu.edu

Bernd Leinauer, professor and Extension turfgrass specialist at New Mexico State University, was nominated and awarded by the American Society of Agronomy as a 2017 Fellow, the highest acknowledgement given in this field.

irs news release

Media Relations Office, Phoenix, AZ.,  Tel. 202.317.4000

For Release: Sept. 14, 2017, newsroom@irs.gov

Release No: IR-2017-153

IRS Urges Foreign Financial Institutions Participating in FATCA to Check Their Registrations

PHOENIX -- IRS officials today reminded foreign financial institutions to renew their Foreign Financial Institution (FFI) agreement if required. These FFIs have until Oct. 24, 2017 to complete their renewal. Those that don't renew their agreements could be removed from the November FFI list and be subject to a 30 percent tax on certain U.S. source payments.

"We've worked with foreign financial institutions to implement FATCA registration and information reporting," said Large Business & International Commissioner Doug O'Donnell. "An important October deadline is approaching that some of these groups might overlook. We urge foreign financial institutions to make sure they timely renew their agreements, using the FATCA FFI Registration System, to avoid losing their status."‎

Those who are required to renew their FFI agreement and do not by Oct. 24, 2017, will be treated as having terminated their FFI agreement as of January 1, 2017.

Las Cruces: The New Mexico Department of Transportation District One office (NMDOT) has posted an alert for Monday September 18, 2017:

The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) announces Highland Enterprises (Contractor) will be performing Roadway Rehabilitation operations on Hess Terrance. This construction work will require a lane drop on US 70/Picacho Ave westbound driving lane. Speed limit will be reduced to 35 mph in the construction zone. Motorists are asked to reduce speed, obey posted signs, and use extreme caution, and be cautious of personnel in the area. Construction will be from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday September 21, 2017.

For updated information go to: New Mexico Department of Transportation at www.nmroads.com.

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