Category Archives: Education

Senate Majority Leader says budget likely to come later today

Sen. Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, just told his colleagues in the Senate that HB2, the state budget proposal, will come to the floor today. “It likely will be later tonight,” Sanchez said. Sanchez appeared to say that bills that … Continue reading

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Martinez calls out Senate Majority Leader

Gov. Susana Martinez complained this morning of Senate inaction on some of her legislative priorities. Here’s an excerpt of some of her comments: “I applaud what has been going though the committees on the House side. They have passed several … Continue reading

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House approves HB628

By a vote of 43 to 26 , the House has just approved HB628, which requires state workers and public school teachers to contribute 3.25 percent more into their retirement plans. Under the legislation, those two groups would pay 1.5 … Continue reading

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Bratton — a surprising opponent to his own bill?

“I’m not so sure how I’m going to vote on this bill,” House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs, just told the chamber, eliciting laughter from his colleagues. Bratton is the sponsor of HB628, the legislation the House has been debating … Continue reading

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Is increased contribution rate a tax increase on public employees, lawmaker asks

House Minority Whip Donald Bratton is now defending the underlying bill – HB628 – that requires state workers and public school teachers to contribute more into their retirement plans. By doing so the state would save tens of millions of … Continue reading

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More debate on increased contribution rates to retirement plans

Representatives of state workers and public teachers say by making the increased 1.5 percent contribution rate permanent, the state would be taking dollars out of working people’s pockets. Rep. James White, R-Albuquerque, responded to Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, that the … Continue reading

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The cost of the increased contribution rates

So the underlying bill the House is debating now asks state workers and public teachers to pay 3.25 percent more in contributions to their retirement plans to help balance the state budget for the year that starts July 1. In … Continue reading

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