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August 16, 2018
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First News: A $5.6 billion budget for fiscal 2013 goes to Governor Martinez. (listen)
(KSFR) - (Morning Alert: Slick roads from our light overnight snowshowers have put Santa Fe Public Schools on a two-hour delay this morning. Santa Fe Prep, the Waldorf School, Rio Grande, St. Michael's high school and Santa Fe Community College also on two hour delay. So, too, Santa Fe County's Magistrate Court.)

The primary task of state lawmakers at the Roundhouse has been accomplished with passage of a budget for fiscal year 2013. The $5.6 billion package now goes to Governor Martinez for consideration. The plan contains $220 million more than last year's budget, an increase of about 4%. The spending plan leaves $37 million to allow for additional legislation such as tax reductions, pension solvency, infrastructure funding, or as a hedge against weak natural gas prices. As is customary, Education funding accounts for the largest allocations with almost two-and-a-half billion dollars targeted at public schools and higher education institutions set to receive $758 million.

Meanwhile, Governor Martinez says she's disappointed the bill does not contain tax breaks she favored and thus may veto the budget bill. Any compromise would have to take place quickly as the legislative session is scheduled to end at noon tomorrow.
A veto would mean lawmakers would have to be called back for action before the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.

Santa Fe County commissioners declined action Tuesday on a proposed new ordinance that would have county jail officials work more closely with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials. ICE has complained that jail authorities are lax in their compliance with detainee immigration rules. Currently, ICE can order an additional 48 hour hold of any detainee's scheduled release for the agency's determination of immigration status. The jail says it follows that law but is not required to regularly submit notice of upcoming releases. Tuesday's discussion of the matter heard county officials questioning as to who should bear responsibility and whether it would be in the county's best interest to assume more responsibilities. County commissioner Virginia Vigil raised concerns that the proposed new ordinance would place new, burdensome legal liabilities on jail officials.

The Santa Fe county sheriff's office reports that the body of a man apparently hit by a vehicle was found in the early morning hours on Agua Fria Street at Wiley Road. Agua Fria was closed between Lopez Lane and Jemez Road while authorities investigated. No other details are known at this time but roads in the area have been re-opened.

Early voting for Santa Fe's March 6 Municipal Election begins today. It's held daily until March 2nd at the city clerk's office between 8AM and 5PM. Four of eight city council seats are up for grabs and there are a number of municipal bond issues on the ballot, too.

Weather for Santa Fe - just a dusting of snow fell in town during the overnight hours while the ski basin received some five inches. Snowshowers have now moved out of the area though there may be areas of freezing fog this morning before mostly sunny skies establish with highs in the mid 40s. Partly cloudy tonight with lows in the low 20s. Mostly sunny Thursday with highs in the mid 40s. Next chance for precipitation arrives Sunday.
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