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Morning Word: Campaign Finance System Upgrade will be Costly

October 24, 2016, 7:40 am
Estimate: $1 Million to Upgrade State Campaign Finance Reporting System
Election officials estimate it’s going to cost the state up to $1 million to “replace an online campaign finance information system that has been widely criticized for obscuring sources and destinations of political spending.” Lawmakers are expected to consider the one-time funding request when they return to Santa Fe in January.

Vehicle Recharging Stations Planned
Look for new electric and natural gas vehicle refueling sites along state highways after the state receives nearly $17 million from a federal settlement with Volkswagen in a lawsuit claiming the company’s diesel engine emissions violated the Clean Air Act.

Immigrant Students in New Mexico Still Face College Barriers
Immigrant college students who attended high school in New Mexico are supposed to have access to in-state tuition rates and some kinds of financial aid, but not all higher education institution employees are familiar with the 11-year-old state law and students say that’s creating barriers for them.

Police Will Carry Overdose Reversal Drug
First responders and Albuquerque police officers will start carrying Naloxone to reverse opiate drug-related overdoses.

Ballot Selfies Questionable
If you want to take a picture of your election ballot and post it on social media, you may want to think again. New Mexico law prohibits voters from showing their marked paper ballot “to any person in such a way as to reveal its contents,” although the secretary of state’s office says the law is actually unclear about so-called "ballot selfies." 

Cubs Head to the World Series
If you were off the grid all weekend, you won’t believe who is going to the World Series. Yup, the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t reached the series in 71 years. If you're heading to Chicago, getting into a game is going to be pricey. Tickets to attend one of the games at Wrigley Field already cost more than going to a Super Bowl game.

 

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