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Monday, February 25, 2019

Bill upholds tax levy on national labs

Bill upholds tax levy on national labs
BY KATY BARNITZ / JOURNAL STAFF WRITER
Monday, February 25th, 2019 at 12:05am

Legislation that would allow New Mexico to continue taxing national laboratory operators even when they have nonprofit status quickly made its way through the House on Sunday.

A fiscal analysis of the bill found that if the prime contractor of Los Alamos National Laboratory had tax-exempt status, the state could lose $25 million to $30 million in gross receipts tax revenue.

Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, said Senate Bill 11 ensures revenue stability for local governments, too.

The bill seeks to amend the section of state statute that exempts nonprofit organizations from paying GRT. It would create an exception permitting the state to tax nonprofits that have been contracted to operate a national laboratory.

Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed similar legislation last year.

The House passed the bill with a minor amendment that broadened the exception to include contractors running state-owned research facilities as well, though that does not currently exist in New Mexico.

Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, said the change would not “capture anyone” but it would also stop the bill from singling out federal facilities. The bill now returns to the Senate for consideration.

Triad National Security LLC, which the analysis said is organized as a non-profit and could seek to become tax exempt, ultimately took over management of LANL. Triad is made up of the University of California, Texas A&M University and the scientific non-profit Battelle Memorial Institute and is a non-profit itself.

https://www.abqjournal.com/1284907/bill-upholds-tax-levy-on-national-labs.html

Sunday, February 24, 2019

You are in trouble if you complain...

Did employees working at LLNL go from a weakly democratic system of management under UC, to an unopposed for-profit dictatorship under LLNS? How could this not compromise all aspects of our Lab missions? To what extent is the commenter below from the "white privilege" topic correct? 

"In this way discrimination is not a special issue at LANL or LLNL, it is just another thing you need to be silent about. Complain about safety, your in trouble, complain about abuse, your in trouble, complain about bad management your in trouble, complain about infrastructure your in trouble, complain about security your in trouble."

WIPP under federal investigation

https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2019/02/21/wipp-federal-investigation-department-energy-hazardous-chemicals/2905747002/

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Feds file False Claims lawsuit against MOX contractor, subcontractor

"The suit alleges a total $6.4 million of dishonest claims, spurred by Wise Services, were submitted for repayment by MOX Services. The suit also alleges Wise Services provided cash; gift cards; YETI coolers; Masters, NASCAR and football tickets; phones; car tires; and guns, among other things, to MOX Services officials to gain favorable treatment.."Wise carefully chose the MOX officials and employees to whom it would improperly reward and pay kickbacks based upon their ability to provide favorable treatment to Wise in the award, modification, and administration of the Wise subcontracts," the complaint reads."

https://www.aikenstandard.com/news/feds-file-false-claims-lawsuit-against-mox-contractor-subcontractor/article_42ca1d0a-3399-11e9-8886-271b8b4b71ab.html

Friday, February 8, 2019

White privilege at LLNL?

As it is Black History month, Lab cultural celebrations and activities aside, is "White Privilege" a present day workplace issue at LLNL?

Thursday, February 7, 2019

LLNL tombstone picture

Now that LLNL has survived ten years past transition, and prospers, is it time to retire the tombstone on the masthead?

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