seattletimes.com - A Republican-led motion to bring a vote on a bill that would have restricted access to driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and attempted to stop identification fraud was defeated Monday in the state Senate, dealing a major defeat to proponents of the measure. In a procedural motion, Republicans asked the Senate to consider the bill, which had not been brought to the floor by Democrats, who hold the majority and control over which bills get a vote. The motion failed 23-25 in the waning minutes of a deadline to vote on bills in their chambers of origin. Among the "no" votes was chief sponsor Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, but she said that she will take the issue to the governor. More News New Mexico
From CNBC.com -Government payouts including Social Security, Medicare and unemployment insurance make up more than a third of total wages and salaries of the U.S. population, a record figure that will only increase if action isn’t taken before the majority of Baby Boomers enter retirement. Even as the economy has recovered, social welfare benefits make up 35 percent of wages and salaries this year, up from 21 percent in 2000 and 10 percent in 1960, according to TrimTabs Investment Research using Bureau of Economic Analysis data. “The U.S. economy has become alarmingly dependent on government stimulus,”
businessweek.com - A New Mexico agency must rewrite regulations governing temporarily abandoned oil wells under a bill heading to the Senate. Supporters say the regulatory overhaul is to give the oil industry more flexibility in decisions on whether to temporarily halt production of a well. However, opponents warned that the proposal will get rid of current regulations protecting groundwater from leaking abandoned wells. The regulations govern the plugging of wells after production has stopped. The legislation will require the Oil Conservation Division to adopt new regulations by the end of the year, taking several issues into consideration, including whether the rules allow for variations based on the size of the well operator. The House approved the bill on a 48-20 vote on Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
From gatewaypundit.com -The Center For Immigration Studies has produced its first web-based film that looks in depth at what it is like to live as an Arizona rancher amongst the isolation and dangers posed by illegal immigration. “A Day in the Life of an Arizona Rancher: Border Fences, Illegal Aliens, and One Man’s Watchtower,” released one year after the March 2010 tragic murder of rancher Robert Krentz, unravels the mindset of a rancher trying to balance the complexities of illegal immigration when dealing with protecting himself, his family and his property from unknown, constant and potentially dangerous trespassers who in Arizona are nearly always illegal aliens. More News New Mexico
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News9west - SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico fire officials say a wind-driven wildfire that destroyed up to 15 homes has now grown to nearly three square miles. New Mexico State Forestry spokesman Dan Ware says the blaze near the southwestern New Mexico town of Silver City had blackened about 1,770 acres, or about 2.7 square miles, by early Tuesday. That's up from 500-1,000 acres burned by Monday night. Read full story here: News New Mexico