Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Courthouse funds up for approval

QCS Staff A bill supporting $335,000 in capital outlay funds for Quay County and the City of Tucumcari is in the process of being approved in the state Legislature. House Tax and Revenue Committee substitute for House Bill 191 earmarks $185,000 for Quay County Courthouse renovations and $150,000 for Tucumcari trash collection trucks. “This is […]

Proposed Legislative redistricting will split Quay County

Thomas Garcia A bill introduced by House Democrats Friday during the a special session of Legislature proposes splitting Quay County into four legislative districts. “This bill will remove me from representing Quay, Union and Harding County,” said Rep. Dennis Roch. Roch said HB 39 was introduced by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia and would split Tucumcari’s […]

Local agency to fund counseling services

Thomas Garcia A local agency opted to fund Quay County Maternal Child and Community Health counseling services after legislature cutbacks led to statewide budget cuts.

School programs deserve funds

By Dennis Roch, Guest columnist As the state Legislature deliberates over New Mexico’s budget shortfall, I have frequently heard the statement, “Every program must take its share of cuts.” This statement assumes every program is of equal value, and has an equal return for our future benefit, an idea which is far from the truth. […]

Hopes dashed for green job training

Thomas Garcia College officials advised Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees that Mesalands will miss out on $250,000 in state funds from the New Mexico Legislature because a House committee tabled House Bill 622. District 3 Rep. Ben Lujan introduced House Bill 622 in the 2009 sate Legislature House, which is also known as “The […]

Most capital outlay projects survive veto stage

By Kevin Wilson: Quay County Sun While some projects were reduced or cut entirely from the budget, Quay County didn’t suffer nearly as much as other counties after Gov. Bill Richardson used his line-item veto power on potential capital outlay projects. “To balance a budget, tough decisions have to get made,” said James Jimenez, cabinet […]