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  • New Mexico COVID-19 update: 647 new cases, totaling 193,987
    by binsumathew on April 12, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    Three additional COVID-19 deaths – Saturday, April 10, Sunday, April 11, and Monday, April 12  SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials on Monday announced 647 additional COVID-19 cases. Per the state Department of Health, the most recent cases are: 227 new cases in Bernalillo County 2 new cases in Catron County 26 new

  • State will offer consolidated weekend COVID-19 case count reports 
    by ashleyeastwood on April 9, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    New report will be issued on Mondays and include weekend data Santa Fe–The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced that it will no longer release a daily COVID-19 case count report on Saturdays and Sundays. Instead, the state will provide a consolidated weekend report on Mondays. Day-by-day breakdowns of case counts for Saturday

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  • Gov. Lujan Grisham legalizes adult-use cannabis
    by Nora Sackett on April 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    PRESS RELEASES HomePress ReleasesGov. Lujan Grisham legalizes adult-use cannabis Gov. Lujan Grisham legalizes adult-use cannabis SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday formally enacted adult-use cannabis legalization in the state of New Mexico, signing into law an historic measure approved by the state Legislature after the governor called them into a special session for that purpose late last month. “The legalization of adult-use cannabis paves the way for the creation of a new economic driver in our state with the promise of creating thousands of good paying jobs for years to come,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We are going to increase consumer safety by creating a bona fide industry. We’re going to start righting past wrongs of this country’s failed war on drugs. And we’re going to break new ground in an industry that may well transform New Mexico’s economic future for the better.” New jobs, new revenue The sales of adult-use recreational cannabis could amount to $318 million in the first year, creating over several years what could be more than 11,000 new jobs, according Dr. Kelly O’Donnell, independent economist and public finance expert. Preliminary estimates are that the excise tax will raise at least $20 million for the general fund in the first full fiscal year, with significant growth in subsequent years. Local governments will also benefit from the added revenue. “As we look to rebound from the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, entrepreneurs will benefit from this great opportunity to create lucrative new enterprises, the state and local governments will benefit from the added revenue and, importantly, workers will benefit from the chance to land new types of jobs and build careers,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Today, New Mexico seized a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a multi-million industry with a framework that’s right for our state and will benefit New Mexicans for generations to come,” said Rep. Javier Martínez. “Not only are we launching a burgeoning industry that will strengthen our economy, create jobs and generate tax dollars, but we are doing so in an equitable way that will curb the illicit market and undo some damage of the failed war on drugs.” A well regulated industry spurs economic activity, creates revenue for state and local government and protects the public The governor’s signature today launches an administrative process that will culminate in the launch of commercial sales for adults no later than April 1, 2022. The issuance of licenses to conduct commercial cannabis activity will begin no later than Jan. 1, 2022. “This is a major new program for the state that will have a positive impact on job growth and the economy, but it does require smart regulation in order to protect the public and entrepreneurs seeking to get into the business,” said Sen. Katy Duhigg. “I’m proud of the work we did to ensure that we are creating a fair and equitable program that has a low barrier to entry. At the same time, proper regulation and oversight will keep our successful medical cannabis program intact and help new businesses grow while keeping consumers safe.” Gross receipts tax and local taxes apply to the value of the adult-use purchase. “This is the right model for New Mexico because it creates a local, sustainable and regulated industry while at the same time protecting what’s near and dear to all us, including public health, road safety and the well-being of our youth,” said Superintendent Linda M. Trujillo of the state Regulation and Licensing Department, which will oversee and manage the new industry. New Mexico becomes the latest state in the U.S. to legalize adult-use cannabis, and is only the fifth state to enact it through its state Legislature. “The standardization and statewide regulation that comes with a bona fide industry will protect consumers,” said Trujillo. “In addition, local jurisdictions will be able to enact reasonable zoning, land use and other business requirements.” Protecting public safety, health, consumers and N.M. youth The legislation creates a Public Health Advisory Board to monitor cannabis use and data pertaining to the health effects of legalizing cannabis. In addition, the Department of Health is required to provide annual reports, including information on youth access, driving and road safety, workplace safety, consumer and product safety and emergency room visits involving cannabis. “Protections for our children are an essential part of this plan and include strict restrictions of packaging, labeling and advertising, as well as stiff penalties for anyone selling cannabis to persons younger than 21,” said Sen. Linda Lopez. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. Javier Martinez, Rep. Andrea Romero, Rep. Debbie Armstrong, Sen. Linda Lopez and Sen. Katy Duhigg. “The legalization of cannabis is ultimately a public health measure. When we regulate the industry, we can control the product quality, protect consumers, and bring down the dangerous illicit market in our state,” said Rep. Debbie Armstrong. “This law includes dozens of necessary safeguards to protect our youth, ensure adequate supply for the medical program, and will bring in additional funds for programs, services, and research to support the health and wellbeing of New Mexicans.” Expungement of convictions Surrounded by legislative sponsors and advocates outside the state Capitol, Gov. Lujan Grisham, who has advocated for legalization since taking office, signed legislation that will authorize the expungement old low-level cannabis convictions from the record of what is expected to be tens of thousands of New Mexicans and make possible the potential early release of low-level convicted cannabis offenders who are currently incarcerated. “Thousands of people, and a disproportionate number of them from communities of color, have been wronged by this country’s failed war on drugs,” said Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino. “We will all benefit from our state’s smart, fair and equitable new approach to past low-level convictions.” “For decades, our communities of color have been discriminated against for minor cannabis offenses, so we must ensure that those who would not be arrested today do not continue to be incarcerated or held back by criminal records for acts that are no longer crimes,” said Rep. Andrea Romero. “By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying ‘enough’ to the devastating ‘War on Drugs’ that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans.” This important social justice measure was sponsored by Sen. Lopez, Sen. Duhigg, Rep. Martinez, Rep. Romero and Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino. “The signing of the cannabis legalization and expungement package will ensure equitable opportunities for farmers and other small businesses, and long overdue justice – including automatic expungement – for those with past cannabis arrests or convictions,” said Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director, Resident States and New Mexico, Drug Policy Alliance. “We thank the Governor and our legislative allies for not taking ‘no’ for an answer and stopping at nothing until we were able to get justice for New Mexico communities – particularly Hispanic/Latinx, Black, Native and Indigenous – that have been immensely harmed by cannabis prohibition.” *** “This legislation is a major, major step forward for our state,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Legalized adult-use cannabis is going to change the way we think about New Mexico for the better – our workforce, our economy, our future. We’re ready to break new ground. We’re ready to invest in ourselves and the limitless potential of New Mexicans. And we’re ready to get to work in making this industry a successful one.” The governor’s signature on the final bills to have reached her desk from the special session caps an incredibly productive spring 2021 legislative season, during which the Legislature and governor delivered a series of significant policy achievements, including many that were either campaign promises and/or longstanding priorities of the governor. On top of the passage of a constitutional amendment ballot measure that would authorize an additional portion of the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund for early childhood education, and in addition to long-sought social welfare measures, the Legislature authorized and governor enacted almost $1 billion in direct pandemic relief for individuals and businesses across the state, including $200 million in small business grants, $500 million in small business loans, a tax holiday for hospitality businesses and restaurants, a $600 tax rebate for working families and a sweeping tax overhaul that will amount to a significantly boosted tax rebate for tens of thousands of New Mexico middle-class families. Search for: Recent Posts Gov. Lujan Grisham legalizes adult-use cannabis Governor enacts state budget Gov. Lujan Grisham authorizes measure strengthening guardian oversight to protect vulnerable adults Governor signs measure boosting N.M.’s environmental regulation authority Gov. establishes Health Care Affordability Fund, eliminate copays for behavioral health services Archives April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 Categories Early Childhood Education Press Releases Uncategorized Contact The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400. Address: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501 Phone: (505) 476-2200Toll free: (833) 520-0020 Quick Links Contact the Governor Request a Meeting Need Assistance from the Governor Our Leadership Attend or Speak at an Event Press Releases Apply for Boards and Commissions Flag Status

  • Governor enacts state budget
    by Nora Sackett on April 9, 2021 at 11:15 am

    PRESS RELEASES HomePress ReleasesGovernor enacts state budget Governor enacts state budget SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday morning signed the New Mexico state budget for Fiscal Year 2022, a $7.4 billion package overwhelmingly approved by the state Legislature that sustains and enhances key state investments in public education, early childhood well-being, economic development and pandemic relief, behavioral health and infrastructure. The budget for the year beginning July 1, 2021, maintains 24 percent of recurring expenditures in reserves, or $1.7 billion, and 1.5 percent raises for public school and higher education personnel, as well as state employees and front-line health and social service workers. After a year of fiscal uncertainty and upheaval driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, budgets for state agencies as provided for by the appropriative branch were generally flat with targeted increases for agencies covering health, education and early childhood well-being. Spending will increase 5 percent over the amended Fiscal Year 2021 budget, with 36 percent of new General Fund spending going to education initiatives. “This budget is responsible and responsive to the needs of New Mexicans right now and in the future,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “This legislative season has been a remarkable success for New Mexicans in every corner of our state – with almost a billion dollars in new targeted pandemic relief for businesses and workers and more, with groundbreaking new initiatives in economic development and health care and environmental protection, and with, finally, a solid and sustainable budget that maintains and increases funding for key programs that benefit children and families and workers while ensuring our reserves remain robust and healthy. I want to thank the Legislature and Department of Finance and Administration staff for their diligent work throughout this budget process.” Other highlights include: $30.7 million increase to the Human Services Department to expand mental health and substance use disorder services $17.5 million increase for projects funded through the Local Economic Development Act $12 million in additional funding for the Opportunity Scholarship and Lottery Scholarship $7 million to restore and revitalize the state’s all-important tourism economic sector as New Mexico works toward the end of the COVID-19 pandemic $300 million for roadway infrastructure and improvements The final budget approved by the Legislature during the 60-day session is larger than the governor’s executive budget recommendation with slightly smaller reserves. The governor on Friday also signed legislation dealing with capital appropriations, reauthorization of prior appropriations and special General Fund appropriations (House Bill 285, House Bill 296 and Senate Bill 377, respectively). House Bill 285 – the capital bill – funds more than $511 million in projects all across New Mexico. A total of $170 million in state agency capital projects are funded, including $10 million for statewide improvements at correctional and health facilities and $12.5 million for Local Economic Development Act projects. The bill also funds more than $52 million for tribal projects, almost $48 million for public safety projects, $61 million for water and wastewater projects, roughly $49 million for higher education institutions, about $34 million for public schools, $53 million for road projects and more than $8 million for acequias, ditches and dams. The governor has line-item veto authority over capital expenditures; in House Bill 285, the governor vetoed less than 2 percent of the capital outlay allocations, excising projects that lacked proper planning or were not ready to proceed, projects where the proposed recipients have not used capital funds from the current fiscal year, and allocations smaller than $10,000, as capital funds should be targeted toward well-considered and more significant infrastructure projects and not relatively small pork items. Search for: Recent Posts Gov. Lujan Grisham legalizes adult-use cannabis Governor enacts state budget Gov. Lujan Grisham authorizes measure strengthening guardian oversight to protect vulnerable adults Governor signs measure boosting N.M.’s environmental regulation authority Gov. establishes Health Care Affordability Fund, eliminate copays for behavioral health services Archives April 2021 March 2021 February 2021 January 2021 December 2020 November 2020 October 2020 September 2020 August 2020 July 2020 June 2020 May 2020 April 2020 March 2020 February 2020 January 2020 December 2019 November 2019 October 2019 September 2019 August 2019 July 2019 June 2019 May 2019 April 2019 March 2019 February 2019 January 2019 December 2018 Categories Early Childhood Education Press Releases Uncategorized Contact The Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham is located on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol in Room 400. Address: 490 Old Santa Fe Trail Room 400 Santa Fe, NM 87501 Phone: (505) 476-2200Toll free: (833) 520-0020 Quick Links Contact the Governor Request a Meeting Need Assistance from the Governor Our Leadership Attend or Speak at an Event Press Releases Apply for Boards and Commissions Flag Status

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