Governor Susana Martinez is proposing a budget containing a three-percent spending increase on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees. Instead, about a third of the state workforce will be in for raises. Her spending plan also calls for making permanent the Job Training Incentive Program, and ten million dollars for grants to help the state and local communities invest in infrastructure projects to attract specific companies to the state.
The New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee is recommending a state budget totaling more than six billion dollars. The bi-partisan LFC’s spending plan contains a one-and-a-half percent pay raise for public employees and educators. A spokesman says Governor Martinez opposes that provision, drawing a response from Santa Fe State Representative Lucky Varela: *****0106 Varela-1 :16***** The Governor later today will release her budget recommendations for the legislature to consider during its upcoming session.
Audio Saucepan: “The Cold Old Shadows Episode” includes the poems “First Morel” by Amy Fleury (from Sympathetic Magic, Southern Illinois Univrsity Press); “The Saw” by A. Sutzkever (from A. Sutzkever: Selected Poetry and Prose, University of California Press); and “A Shadow Beehive” by Rasheda White (first published in Ecotone, and found in Pushcart Prize XXXVIII).
Police say Santa Feans are using technology to their advantage and at the same time, helping police catch crooks. Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt says a New Year’s Eve burglar is behind bars after the victim helped police track him down using a tracing application installed on her stolen iPad. Westervelt says the victim arrived at her home on Canyon Road to hear someone inside then fleeing, when she called police who tracked the suspect to a home on Alto Street.
It’s New Year’s Eve Day and that means law enforcement in New Mexico will be logging long hours, paying particular attention to impaired drivers. Ben Lewinger, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—says the New Year is the nation’s deadliest day for drunken driving: *****Dec. 31 Lewinger-1 :34***** Lewinger suggests people ringing in 2014 with alcohol make preparations prior to partying: *****Dec.
It’s New Year’s Eve Day and that means law enforcement in New Mexico will be logging long hours, paying particular attention to impaired drivers. Ben Lewinger, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of MADD—Mothers Against Drunk Driving—says the New Year is the nation’s deadliest day for drunken driving: *****Dec. 31 Lewinger-1 :34*****Lewinger suggests people ringing in 2014 with alcohol make preparations prior to partying: *****Dec.
The 2014 campaign season for the March fourth Santa Fe Municipal elections heats up after the New Year with candidate forums sponsored by the non-profit Santa Fe Neighborhood Network. Sherry Johansen is the neighborhood network’s president: *****Dec. 30 Johansen-2 :13***** Johansen says all three forums will take place at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital’s conference room from 7:30 ‘til 9:30pm. The format consists of candidate remarks followed by a question and answer session.
12/29/13 — Audio Saucepan: “The Episode that is Waiting for Harry” includes the poems “The Burial of a Friend” by Antonio Machado (from Times Alone, trans. Robert Bly, Wesleyan University Press); “A Common Incident” by Merimée Moffitt (from Making Little Edens); and “Waiting for Harry” by Gary Copeland Lilley (from The Subsequent Blues, Four Way Books)
Santa Fe City Officials this week wrapped up a months-long process of identifying issues to prioritize during the upcoming New Mexico 2014 Legislative Session. City Councilor Peter Ives:
*****Dec. 27 Ives-1 :13***** Ives says the legislative priorities for 2014 are: Changes to the hold-harmless gross receipts tax issue; Funding to expand the Santa Fe Airport Terminal; Funding for the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion—or LEAD—Program; and city water priorities.