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Morning Word: Minimum Wage on Tap for Session

January 9, 2017, 7:30 am

Pay 'Em More
The debate over raising the minimum wage in New Mexico is heading for the state Legislature's lawmaking session that begins on Jan. 17. Will we join 19 other states with recent law changes that help the bottom line for low-tier workers? Several cities and counties already have a higher wage floor than the state. The governor says she's open to signing a wage hike if it makes us "competitive with neighboring states and doesn’t hurt small businesses.”

The Other Border Wall 
Changes to NAFTA threatened by President-elect Trump have New Mexico businesses worried.  The trade agreement keeps goods flowing between Mexico, the US and Canada and keeps the Santa Teresa port of entry hopping near Las Cruces. But for how long?

Gather Together
Tickets went on sale this weekend for the April Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque. After it was ousted from the UNM Pit, organizers of the massive event have returned to the Expo New Mexico fair grounds and are expecting 70,000 attendees. 

More Medical
Santa Feans have seen the construction crews at work on the expansion project at Christus St. Vincent, due for completion in 2018. Now, the Veterans Administration hospital in Albuquerque, one of New Mexico's largest hospitals, is getting a $6 million upgrade, reports Albuquerque Business First

Starry Nights
Astrophotographers are making use of the state's dark skies with remote-controlled observatories, a stellar business idea featured in the Albuquerque Journal.  

Close But No Cigar
Last night's Golden Globe Awards are a reminder of New Mexico's role in the industry, as productions with strong connections to the state saw four nominations. However, none took home the trophies
 
Search and Employ 
Online access to court records has been a technical possibility for years, yet it was just last week that New Mexico announced plans to adopt a new system that grants members of the press and parties to the court access to court filings online. This is great news; however, we're also hoping the state takes the next step to adequately fund redaction software that will allow access to the public. 

Howlers Battle
The University of New Mexico men's basketball's late-night home loss to the University of Nevada earned not just the CBS Sports "Game of the Day" designation, but also the headline "craziest college basketball game of the weekend." The Wolf Pack came back from a 25-point deficit with 11 minutes of play to win in overtime over the Lobos with a final score of 105-104. 

 

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