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September 19, 2018
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First News: The state House looks at a budget deal (listen)
(KSFR) - The House finance committee has reached agreement on a budget deal and has sent it to the full House for debate. The deal includes about $215 million of extra revenue not anticipated before the legislative session began and based on speculation that oil & gas revenues are headed higher. The surplus means a spending increase of about 4 percent. That's more than last year's budget but far less than the $6-billion-plus budget of just a few years ago.

New Mexico's Environmental Improvement Board has scrapped cap-and-trade regulations it previously embraced back in November of 2010. PNM and other energy industry groups opposed the rules, saying they would put an onerous burden on business.
Governor Martinez, who also has been a vocal opponent of state cap-and-trade rules, appointed new board members shortly after taking office. With Monday's vote, the matter is likely to wend its way through the state's courts.

The state Senate has passed a bill to help curtail the theft of metals then sold by thieves to salvage dealers. Senate Bill 67 requires secondhand or scrap metal dealers to register with the New Mexico Department of Regulation and Licensing. Those dealers will be required to keep a record of any transactions involving regulated materials and to upload the information to a database under law enforcement scrutiny. Across the state in recent years, numerous construction sites have been stripped of copper wiring and cars have been vandalized for their catalytic converters containing rare metals with high re-sale value. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.

Santa Fe polls will be open today for a vote on a bond to benefit public schools. It's a continuation of an existing two-mill tax levy that would raise nearly $13 million a year over the next six years. The school district says funds would be used for school maintenance and improvements.

As Santa Fe Community College begins its search for a new president, members of the board of trustees say they would like to hear from members of the community served by the college. They plan an open meeting today and tomorrow at noon to get recommendations from residents. The meetings will be in the Jemez Room at the college.

Today is the last day for Santa Feans to register to vote in the March 6th Municipal Election. Registration can be done at both the city and county clerk's offices as well city libraries, Santa Fe's Motor Vehicle Division and the community college. Absentee voting is all ready underway and early voting begins next Wednesday. Four of eight city council seats are up for grabs and citizens will also be weighing in on multiple bond issues.

Weather for Santa Fe - mostly sunny later today with highs near 40. Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the mid teens. Wednesday brings partly sunny skies and highs in the mid 40s. A slight chance for rain arrives Thursday.
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