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Lujan: Healthcare plan needs public option
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-- Aug. 18, 7 a.m. -- Plans for a public-option healthcare component may be fading in Washington, but the congressman from northern New Mexico says he's still working to get it done. Ben Ray Lujan says that's the only way to achieve the level of cost savings needed for a complete overhaul of the nation's healthcare insurance system. Lujan spoke to an overflow crowd at the Unitarian Church last night. While nearly 200 people sat inside, another audience of similar size waited outside for a second session. Unlike healthcare meetings elsewhere, this one was peaceful with only an occasional shout from one man in the audience.

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Most recent figures for gross receipts taxes in Santa Fe show them well below projections for the current fiscal year that began July 1st. As the city's finance committee on Monday discussed adjustments needed to align services with the revenue shortfall, a proposal to cut hours for some 1500 workers over a minumum of six pay periods was outlined. Discussion of the measure was postponed until the August 31st meeting, honoring a request from absent committee chairman, councilor Matthew Ortiz.

Service changes in the hours of operation for Santa Fe Trails bus service as well as the Santa Fe Ride program will take place in November. This in response to city council mandates during the current fiscal year budget hearings. The city has scheduled a public meeting on the matter for September 1st at the Community Convention Center. Bus service will terminate at 10PM on weekdays. Santa Fe Ride will cease 24 hour service and instead constrain operations to a 6AM-to-10PM schedule.

Several New Mexicans who survived the Japanese World War II death march say they won't accept an invitation to go to Japan for memorial services commemorating the event. They tell the Albuquerque Journal they think it would betray the memories of other soldiers who died. Some 1,800 New Mexicans were among U.S. forces captured on the Bataan peninsula during the first days of the war. Only about half of them survived the six-day march and three and a half years of prison.

Governor Bill Richardson has two public events on his schedule for today...he'll officially kick off the Interstate 25 widening project from Tramway Boulevard to the Bernalillo exit at 9:30am in Albuquerque. The event will be held along the Frontage Road near I-25 and Tramway. Later this morning, the governor will appear in the state capitol's rotunda to announce a new organ donation program.

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