Sweetser Begins Representation on Two State Committees
(Deming) - On the first day of the 53rd Legislature in Santa Fe, Speaker Brian Egolf, Jr. announced committee chair appointments. Committee chairs reside over committee hearings and assist the Speaker in moving bills through the legislative process.
Candie Sweetser, State Representative from District 32 – representing Luna, and portions of Hidalgo and Grant Counties in the NM Legislature, was selected as vice-chair of the House Agriculture and Water Committee, and will serve as a member of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee.
Sweetser said she was pleased with her committee assignments, especially since newly elected legislators are rarely put on the Appropriations Committee. She also said she was glad to be on the Agriculture committee since agriculture is such an important part of Luna, Hidalgo and Grant counties.
Sweetser said the Appropriations Committee passed the Feed Bill – or the bill that funds the legislative session – during its first meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The next few days will be focused on balancing the current year’s budget before moving on to the next fiscal year’s budget.
Sweetser’s office is in the Capital North Building, often referred to as the Annex room 203A and invites local residents to stop by if you are in Santa Fe.
N.M. Budget Problems Possibly Affect Local School District
(Deming)- New Mexico Democrats say they will resist efforts by Gov. Susana Martinez to balance the state's budget by cutting teachers' salaries.
Sen. Joseph Cervantes said the Governor's proposal to force teachers to pay more into the pension system was "against New Mexican" values and vowed Democrats would fight it.
Deming School Superintendent Dr. Dan Lere said that each school district must have what is called a “Fund-Ends Balance” of around 5% that ties into the next year’s budget. Lere said that Gov. Martinez is talking about taking away any funding over 5%. Lere said if this is approved, it likely will not affect the Deming District because Deming is operating at less than 5%.
Lere said that if teachers are forced to pay more for their pension and insurances, their take home pay would be less.
Deming School Board Meets Thursday
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session Thursday evening.
Included on the agenda is Approval of Deming Fiber Project Memorandum of Understanding… approval of the resolution to hold a surplus sale… approval of revised policies regarding student travel to activities, special events and field trips and public performances and trips by students… Approval of MOU with Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High School and DPS Technology Center. Dr. Dan Lere will be giving the Superintendent’s Report on the High School Construction.
The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting will be open to the public.
An executive – or closed – session to discuss limited personnel, pending or threatened litigation and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property will precede the open meeting at 4 p.m.
School Board Election Now until February 3rd
(Deming) – Voting for the February 7th Deming Public School board election has begun with electronic voting at the Luna County Courthouse Basement. Absentee and early voting will end Friday February 3rd.
County Clerk Andrea Rodriguez said the purpose of this election is to elect school board members from Districts 1 and 2.
In District 1 Ronald D. Wolfe is running unopposed. In District two candidates are Stephen Kent Witmer, Kenneth D. Perea and William J. Ruiz.
The election will be held Tuesday, February 7th. Polling places at that time will be at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center, Holy Family Parish Hall and the Columbus Village Library.
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