RE: HB 212 the Liquor Excise Tax Bill

Some of you may have seen the New Mexican editorial today re: HB212, the so-called “liquor excise tax bill.”  As is so often the case in New Mexico party politics, there is more to the story that what the press is reporting. As a citizen legislator, my...

RE: HB212 (aka the “liquor tax” bill)

In case any of you saw the article in the New Mexican this morning and are also wondering why I voted against the “liquor tax bill”: The reason I voted as I did is that there’s another bill introduced (HB527) that brings much quicker relief to...

Thoughts on Gun Control

It probably comes as no surprise that gun control is on our minds right now, and there’s every sign that it will be a big issue in the legislature as well.  As a father, a community member, and a human being, I’m deeply affected by the tragedy at Sandy...

Town Halls — Meet Carl and share your ideas

As the legislative session gets underway, we’re holding a series of Town Halls to give as many of you as possible the opportunity to share your ideas, priorities and concerns with Carl. Here’s the information for upcoming events: Monday, January 7 —...

We want to hear your ideas!

As we prepare to represent you in the legislature, I think often of President Obama’s words on Election Night in 2008:  “This victory alone is not the change we seek – it is only the chance for us to make that change.” To put our government...

Afterschool care helps working families

Yesterday, I visited the Boys and Girls Club in Chimayo. These programs are important to communities to help families care for our children after school and during the summer time. They provide a great learning environment including homework help, work in the arts,...

Better Community Healthcare

On Saturday, Carl attended the grand opening ceremony of the new wing of the Espanola Hospital. The new wing gives about 30 to 40% more light to patients’ rooms, because light encourages healing and fights depression. The new wing also has a nurses’...

Protecting Our Educators

This past week, Carl met with representatives of the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees (NMAER) who shared their ideas for fixing the problems with the state Educational Retirement Fund.  As we’ve heard many times from teachers and other education...