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 By Andrew Oxford    News

Swift end for death penalty bill

SANTA FE — New Mexico abolished the death penalty in 2009, and it is not coming back this year. A legislative committee on Saturday quashed a bill that would have reinstated capital punishment for the murders of children, police... — Updated 2/4/2018

 By Andrew Oxford    News

House votes to hike statewide minimum wage

The state House of Representatives voted Friday night to raise the hourly minimum wage to $9.25 from $7.50 in 2018. The 37-30 vote, just days after the state Senate overwhelmingly passed a slightly smaller increase to $9, signals... — Updated 3/5/2017

 By Andrew Oxford    News

Budget relief may place burden on schools

sANTA FE — Legislators' last attempt to balance this year's budget relied heavily on across-the-board cuts to state programs, but some critics of the new effort say lawmakers are... — Updated 1/21/2017

 By Andrew Oxford    News

Legislature: Budget on list of unfinished business

New Mexico legislators start their 60-day session Tuesday with plenty of unfinished business, including closing a projected budget deficit of about $67 million. But any hope that the passing of a rancorous election year and the... — Updated 1/15/2017

 By Andrew Oxford    News

Legislature: Economy on minds of many

Tom McGuiness did not expect he’d be looking for work at age 60. But when he was laid off in July from the factory in Santa Fe where he had worked for more than 17 years, McGuiness was thrust back into the job market in New... — Updated 1/15/2017

 By Andrew Oxford    News

Martinez seeks centralized human resources department

SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is planning to eliminate many of the human resources departments at agencies across New Mexico’s government, shifting responsibility for personnel matters to a single state... — Updated 1/8/2017


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