Last week a Senate committee killed a bill to retain all third graders who did not have sufficient reading skills. The bill, a favorite for Governor Susana Martinez, was blocked by a vote of 5-3 along party lines in the Senate Public Affairs Committee. However, a similar bill was easily approved by the Republican-controlled House and will also make its way to the Senate in the coming days or weeks. We spoke with Democratic Senator Mimi Stewart, who led the opposition to last week's bill by Republican Sen Gay Kernan of Hobbs.
A recent investigation by New Mexico InDepth uncovered that five of the six Senators who opposed capping the interest rates on some loans accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the loan industry. I spoke with New Mexico In Depth Director Trip Jennings about the research and why these storefront lenders hold such sway over our politicians. Listen Here
Although gas prices have risen slightly, they've taken a big dip in the last six months. For northern New Mexico, that price drop has affected not only the state, but a wide array of individuals and agencies. KSFR's John Calef takes a closer look at the impact. Listen Here
What proponents of an escalation in arms supplies call "the Ukrainian military" is, in fact, far from a single, unified entity. It consists of a badly-trained, badly equipped National Army and perhaps a dozen autonomous "volunteer" battalions who are supposed to report, not to the military chain of command, but to the Interior Ministry. Kiev-based journalist Maxim Eristavi told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, it's not clear where these units get their orders from, but he says, their ability to work together and Russian-backed secessionist forces is improving.
On this week's edition of Equal Time, host Martha Burk contemplates a less-discussed, but no less serious defect of the Oscar-nominated film Selma: its minimization of Corretta Scott King's role in the Civil Rights Movement. Listen Here
Two bills will be heard in committee tomorrow regarding a woman's right to an abortion. KSFR's Zelie Pollon spoke to Elisa Martinez, President of New Mexico Alliance for Life about the bills HB 390 and HB 391 - one on late term abortion and the other on parental notification. Listen Here
Few economies have been harder hit by the crash in the global price of oil than Latin America's number one oil producer, Venezuela. The currency has been plunging in value, inflation is at an annual rate of 64%, and AP's Caracas Correspondent Hannah Dreier told KSFR's Dave Marash on HERE AND THERE, a trip to the store can be an all-day nightmare.
Each year almost a million tax returns are filed in New Mexico. And last fiscal year, these returns generated one-and-a-quarter billion dollars. KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper talked with New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla to find out what taxpayers need to know this year. Secretary Padilla is a Certified Public Accountant herself, who has spent nearly three decades working with taxes in both the private and public sector. Listen Here
Democratic House members staged a protest over what they claim were unfair tactics used by majority Republicans Tuesday evening over an education bill. Tom Trowbridge reports from the state capitol. Listen Here
MIX Santa Fe, the ever popular social event and job creating engine won Harvard University's coveted Bright Ideas award. It’s a great way to begin a new year, says Kate Noble, Special Projects administrator for the Economic Development division. She tells us about MIX, which has its first gathering Thursday. Listen Here
We hate to bring up an unpleasant subject, but yes, it’s true, tax season is upon us. It actually opened on January 20 and as everyone knows, this wonderful time of the year will conclude on April 15th. By then, 137 million Americans must file their tax forms. KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper continues her tax season series with this advice from Ana Costanza, a senior tax advisor with H&R Block in Albuquerque. H&R Block is the world’s largest consumer tax company and annually prepares more than 24 million returns worldwide.