Fill out Dede's 2012 Legislative Questionnaire Here (http://bit.ly/rzT1GJ)
Democracy is a two-way street and, with this website and my blog
I invite you to check in with what I’m doing—and respond.
New Mexico’s legislature is a part-time operation meeting in the winter months, from Jan.-Feb. in even-numbered years, and from Jan.-March in odd-numbered years. Although legislators in New Mexico are basically volunteers, with no salary and permanent staff, I work year round, developing policies on everything from health care and education to water and environmental protection. I also work to serve my constituents in Senate District 13, solving their problems with government and soliciting ideas on how we can move forward together.
On this web site you will find the letters I send to my constituents every year before and after the legislative session, along with my constituent surveys (and their results) . I will also try to update you regularly on special sessions, how you can take advantage of recently enacted laws and services. The news and views section includes my speeches and articles that have appeared in local newspapers. The updated links and resources page will help you navigate the often-confusing world of government.
Warmest Regards, Sen. Dede Feldman
2012 Legislative Session Just Around the Corner
A new year is dawning, and for the first time in three years, there's some good news to report on the legislative front. The New Mexico economy is inching toward recovery, buoyed by increased activity in the oil patch. This means that our revenue is up and we will have over $250 million more to budget in the upcoming session. In the past three years we've cut almost $1 billion in services, starving education and health care, and requiring state workers to take home less.
Now the question will be whether to restore some of those cuts, to continue the austerity plan, or even, as the Governor has suggested, use the new revenue to reduce taxes. Our underlying purpose, of course, is to create more jobs, but there is lots of division on how to do it.
That's why I need your help in filling out the survey you can access here. You can fill it out on line at at http://bit.ly/rzT1GJ, or download it here and then send it back to me at 1821 Meadow View Drive NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, before the session begins January 17th. You can also drop it by my office (Room 300) at the capitol in Santa Fe once the session begins.
° Help is on the Way thanks to two measures that I initiated:
The Nurse Advice Line is open for business 24-7. Call 1-877-725-2552 if you have a medical problem but no access to a doctor or a nurse. [ Click here ] to read more about it.
Protect Yourself against Identity Theft by freezing access to your credit report. [ Click here ] to find out how.