A legislative special session aimed at resolving a budget standoff and restoring funding for higher education and the Legislature begins at noon Wednesday.
New Mexicans prefer increasing taxes on harmful luxuries like alcohol and tobacco rather than imposing new taxes on necessities like food and medicine.
New Mexico lobbyists and their employers reported spending more than $690,000 during the first four months of the year, but whether that’s everything they spent is anyone’s guess.
Much of the money went to food, drinks and gifts for lawmakers and other public officials.
But reinstating funding for higher education and the Legislature creates a shortfall, and the policymakers continued their standoff on how to fund the budget even after Friday’s meeting.
In the Republican Party chair’s open letter I see signs of “blame anyone else” as the modus operandi. Too bad.