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Morning Word: NM Gas Tax Hike Proposed

January 6, 2017, 7:30 am

Fill Up
Paying more at the pump could be a new fact of life for New Mexicans if the state Legislature approves a plan it's likely to consider later this month about hiking the tax on gasoline. Backers want to use the money to pay for road projects, in part.

Guns are also on the minds of some lawmakers heading to work later this month. Conflict is clearly coming, as bills to tighten rules on gun sales are on the table alongside proposals to allow more people to carry concealed weapons.

Real Estate Surge
Santa Fe County's newest real estate data has a silver lining. Bruce Krasnow reports in today's New Mexican that sales have reached their highest levels since what he calls "the housing market meltdown."

Court to Rule on Water Protection
Will this be the year that the state Supreme Court determines the fairness of New Mexico's "Copper Rule?" The copper mining industry and state regulators say the rule is fine, but opponents argue that it gives mines permission to dangerously pollute water. The court has already heard arguments in the case.

Advancing Education
The same week that New Mexico earned a failing grade from a national education publication, the governor held a press conference to tout student success in Advanced Placement programs, which she says are seeing historic highs in enrollment and earning college credit.

The Wall on the Way
President-elect Donald Trump and members of Congress are still talking about building a wall on the US-Mexico border, but information about what our state's part of the border would look like under the idea are unclear. The Washington Post reports that details, like where they'll start building or whether the barrier will be a fence or a solid wall, aren't available.

An icy snowstorm arrived as predicted Thursday night and is expected to carry into the day. With schools closed in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and points north this morning, that also means many government offices are delayed or closed. Check out the state's road info hotline for more details about how bad it is out there.

No Soup for You
Are we ready to face the rest of winter without Hungarian mushroom soup from Back Street Bistro? The longtime restaurant owner says landlord troubles are the reason he's only offering takeout for now.


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