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Texas tax system skewed, new report shows

Eric Galatas | Public News Service

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

In order for Texas to meet infrastructure needs and make sure schools and parks stay open, costs needs to be shared more fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report. (Photo credit: Leaflet/Wikimedia commons.)

AUSTIN, Texas – In order for Texas to meet its infrastructure and public works obligations — making sure bridges don’t collapse and schools and parks are open for business — costs need to be shared fairly among taxpayers, according to a new report from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

Brakeyshia Samms, the report’s author and state policy fellow, said the state’s current tax system misses the mark.

Colorado River in Grand Canyon most endangered, report says

A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation's most endangered river. (Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.)

A new report from American Rivers ranks the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon as the nation’s most endangered river. (Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service

PHOENIX – The Colorado River, as it flows through the Grand Canyon, is the most endangered section of any river in the United States. That’s according to an annual report from the nonprofit group American Rivers, ranking the nation’s most endangered rivers.

‘Flat tax’ would hurt low-income New Mexicans, group says

The state's poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed two-percent flat tax which may be considered New Mexico's next legislative session, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Legislature.)

The state’s poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed two-percent flat tax which may be considered New Mexico’s next legislative session, according to New Mexico Voices for Children. (Photo courtesy of New Mexico Legislature.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service

The state’s poorest residents would be hit hardest by a proposed 2-percent flat tax, according to Gerry Bradley, policy analyst, New Mexico Voices for Children. Bradley’s nonprofit organization is lobbying against the effort to replace personal and corporate state income taxes with the flat tax. 

Texas county reduces youth confinement, increases public safety

Mary Kuhlman  | Public News Service

HOUSTON – A county in Texas is leading the way in reforming juvenile justice in the state.

Since 2007, Harris County has been using the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) model, a national strategy developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to improve outcomes for children in the juvenile justice system while ensuring public safety. 

NMSU considers campus-wide smoking ban

The New Mexico State University campus (Photo courtesy of pyrosim the Archivist via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

The New Mexico State University main campus in Las Cruces. (Photo courtesy of pyrosim the Archivist via Flickr under Creative Commons license. License terms below.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service – NM

Smoking on any New Mexico State University campus could become a thing of the past if a tobacco policy under consideration is approved. The Board of Regents is contemplating a measure that would ban tobacco use on all NMSU campuses.

Mexican gray wolf recovery plan outdated, Sierra Club says

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Department's Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program uses 30-year-old science, according to Mary Katherine Ray with the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter. (Image courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Department’s Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program uses 30-year-old science, according to Mary Katherine Ray with the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter. (Image courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service.)

Troy Wilde | Public News Service – NM

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program uses 30-year-old science, according to Mary Katherine Ray, wildlife chair, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter. She said it defines a sustainable population as 100 wolves. Ray said current science estimates that a population should number several hundred animals to be sustainable.

NM farmers still recovering from devastating floods

New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September's devastating floods that led to President Obama declaring the state a disaster area. (Photo courtesy of Public News Service.)

New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September’s devastating floods that led to President Obama declaring the state a disaster area. (Photo courtesy of Public News Service.)

Damages could reach $100 million

Troy Wilde | Public News Service – NM

New Mexico farmers are plowing ahead following September’s devastating floods that led to President Barack Obama granting the state a Disaster Declaration. 

Watchdog group: Wilson case shows need for Congressional reform

Troy Wilde | Public News Service – NM

Heather Wilson (Photo courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives.)

Heather Wilson (Photo courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives.)

SANTA FE — A watchdog group says former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson of New Mexico was being paid big money by nuclear laboratories immediately after she left Congress, and that situation shows the need for Congress to reform itself. The Albuquerque Journal is reporting that Wilson started a $10,000-per-month consulting job with Sandia National Laboratories, which was located in her erstwhile Congressional District, on her first day out of office in early 2009. 

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