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Morning Word: It's Quiet. Maybe Too Quiet.

January 31, 2017, 7:30 am

Paid For
After Gov. Susana Martinez' veto of the bill that pays for the rest of the legislative session, the House and Senate spent yesterday afternoon figuring out a compromise that cuts their own budget for the second time this year, while also sending more money to the state court system. Lawmakers now wait quietly to see what happens to that bill and...

Get Your Fix
...to see what happens to this one. The governor has until this afternoon to veto a solvency fix for this year. Lawmakers spent the first days of the session feverishly working on the bill, which automatically goes into effect if she doesn't veto it in whole or in part. 

Stay Put
President Trump's temporary ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US has three New Mexico universities actively telling students, faculty and staff from those countries to stay in America until the situation clears. The president of New Mexico Tech even told affected students and scholars to avoid a border control area along I-25 south of Truth or Consequences.

Come On Over
New Mexico lawmakers have extended an invitation to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to address the state Legislature. A lot's happened in the scant few days since President Trump announced his intent to build a wall along our southern border and have Mexico pay for it. The Mexican president has yet to accept the invite.

Flying Star Comeback
Well, don't call it a comeback just yet, but the beloved New Mexico chain of eateries has emerged from bankruptcy with a plan to pay off remaining creditors and with "prices that don't exclude anyone." It's too late for the Santa Fe location (next to where the Violet Crown is now), which closed in 2015.

Boarding Home Regulations Inch Forward
A House committee passed a bill yesterday that would begin to provide some oversight of boarding homes in the state. Such homes often house mentally ill New Mexicans and the lack of regulation has led to appalling conditions, exposed by some of the state's best investigative reporting last year. 

SF County Considers Dog-Tethering Ban
Santa Fe County commissioners are once again considering a county-wide ban on both fixed-point and trolley-style tethering of dogs on private property. Dog owners who insist on keeping the animals outside would have to build an enclosure instead.

Just When You Thought the Rise of the Pecan Was Complete 
Yep. Weevils. Every time.

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