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Morning Word: Excise Taxes Proposed to Fix Budget

September 8, 2016, 12:00 am
Excise Taxes Proposed
Matt Reichbach reports, “There isn’t a date for the special session yet, but one non-profit that says ... an alcohol excise tax increase can help solve the budget deficit is stepping up efforts to get it on the session’s agenda.” Gov. Susana Martinez is opposed to raising taxes, however, so the measure is a longshot.

Budget Woes Worsen
Democratic lawmakers say they’re worried that inaction now to curb the budget shortage will just make it worse later. Joe Monahan reports the session could get underway Sept. 23.

‘Nature at Play’?
Extra marital affairs can be deadly for Albuquerque police officers. Dennis Domrzalski reports, “Since 2007, four people have died – two APD police officers, one APD civilian employee and the wife of a former officer – in connection with APD extramarital affairs. Two officers and the civilian employee committed suicide after being confronted about their affairs. The fourth, Tera Chavez, wife of former APD officer Levi Chavez, either killed herself or was murdered.”

Balderas Wants Students Protected
“New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking the federal government to protect students in the wake of an announcement by the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute that it was shutting down its U.S. campuses,” the Associated Press Reports.

Sticker Shock
ABQ Free Press reports that individual health insurance policies from four companies will rise by double digits in 2017. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico, which withdrew from the health exchange this year, will offer new policies next year, but rates are up a whopping 93.2 percent since 2015.

Big Show
The New Mexico State Fair opens today and KRQE has a pretty good preview of what’s new and cool this year.

 

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