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Lawmakers Consider Changing New Mexico Alcohol Taxes |

Lawmakers consider raising alcohol taxes

Later this week, state lawmakers are expected to continue discussing proposed revisions to New Mexico’s state liquor taxes. Tax and Revenue Department Director of Tax Policy Mark Chaiken and Chief Economist Lucinda Sydow will present an overview of excise taxes on alcoholic beverages, cannabis, cigarettes and tobacco products to lawmakers from the Income Stabilization and Fiscal Policy Committee Thursday during its two-day meeting in Santa Fe. New Mexico in depth, which recently published a seven-part series on the state’s alcohol problems, reports that lawmakers at this week’s meeting will continue to consider ways to adjust the state’s alcohol tax system. government to both deter excessive drinking and fund treatment. “Everyone needs to understand the landscape before they have a serious conversation about how it should be changed,” says Rep. Christine Chandler, D-Los Alamos, in New York. Mexico in depth. The current tax structure, history notes, does not adjust for inflation and none of its preventative values ​​have all but evaporated over the past 30 years, said David Jernigan, a professor at the Boston University School of Public. Health. When it comes to treatment funding, of the $50 million annually raised through liquor taxes, 45% benefits local DWI grant councils, 5% goes to drug courts, and most of the rest goes to the general fund. of State. Rep. Jason Harper, R-Rio Rancho, recounts NMID this formula needs to change and says he would not support any tax increases until 100% of revenue goes to prevention and treatment programs.

President Biden signs spending bill with $2.5 billion for NM

President Joe Biden signed HR 6833 on Friday, which provides appropriations for fiscal year 2023 and includes the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Assistance Act, as well as $2.5 billion for victims of of Hermits Peak / Calf Canyon fires. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will oversee the allocation of funds. The Democratic members of the New Mexico congressional delegation all sponsored or co-sponsored the Hermits Peak/Calf Canyon bill; the US Senate passed the bill last Thursday, followed by the US House on Friday. “Congress has made it clear that the federal government has a moral obligation to do good for New Mexicans by passing my legislation that will provide an expected $2.5 billion in aid to New Mexico,” said U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján in a statement. “This legislation secures federal funding to help New Mexicans who have lost everything, items that cannot be replaced as a result of a federally started wildfire.” U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich said in a statement that he and Luján have “spoken to every senator who will listen to ensure we have the voices needed to provide the resources New Mexicans need to rebuild in the wake of the worst fire ever.” of our state’s history,” but that funding “is just the beginning of that process.” U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-NM, was one of 201 U.S. House Republicans who voted against the bill.

The race for governors heats up

On Friday evening, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and GOP challenger Mark Ronchetti participated in the first of two televised debates (the second will take place Oct. 12, the day after mail-in voting begins). Libertarian candidate Karen Bedonie, who is also in the November 8 ballot, was not invited to participate. The face-to-face, while the Albuquerque Journal said, was indeed “irritable,” as both contestants answered questions about crime, education, the economy, and other topics posed by KOB moderators/reporters Matt Grubs and Tessa Mentus. Ronchetti, as the Associated Press writes, “has painted a dire picture of public safety conditions and economic prospects for small businesses.” Lujan Grisham highlighted all the laws his administration and the legislature have passed to deal with the two sectors. The governor, as expected, also focused on the rights of women to safe and legal abortion in New Mexico and his commitment to protecting those rights. Ronchetti called on voters to weigh in on abortion through a constitutional amendment, after changing his website to remove the most extreme views. A Washington Post The editorial recently identified Ronchetti as “another example of how Republicans are scrambling to curb their extreme views on women’s reproductive rights.” New Mexico’s Democratic and Republican parties both declared their candidates the winners after Friday night’s debate. State GOP Chairman Steve Pearce said in a statement that Ronchetti “has a solid understanding of the issues and understands how to address the many issues created by Lujan Grisham.” The state’s Democratic Party, in a press release, said Lujan Grisham’s “strong record on the issues that concern New Mexicans most shines through far beyond cheap attacks and political platforming.” Ronchetti’s extremist”. State Democrats, who released a debate bingo card ahead of the event, said Ronchetti “made it clear that abortion, the future of our environment and our public school systems, are all at risk during of this election”. The most recent Albuquerque Journal poll shows Lujan Grisham with a seven-point lead in the race.

COVID-19 in numbers

Reported September 30: New cases: 299; 618,683 cases in total; Deaths: Three; Santa Fe County has recorded 351 total deaths; there have been 8,567 deaths statewide. Statewide hospitalizations: 100. Patients on ventilators: new. According to the most recent “community levels” map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which uses a combination of hospital measurements and case rates to calculate the risk of COVID-19, several counties in New Mexico have moved from “ green” (low) to “yellow” (medium) and “red” (high) over the previous seven-day tracking period released yesterday. Catron, Grant, and Hidalgo counties are now red; Rio Arriba and Otero counties are now yellow. Santa Fe County remains green. The corresponding recommendations for each level can be found here.

Resources: Interactive CDC Booster Eligibility Tool; NM DOH vaccine and booster registration; Interactive CDC Isolation and Exposure Tool; Self-report a positive COVID-19 test result; curative test sites; COVID-19[feminine] processing information; NMDOH Immunocompromised Toolkit. People seeking treatment who do not have a medical provider can call the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

You can read all of SFR’s COVID-19 coverage here.


October is here, and so are the October chores in the yard. On the last episode of The garden diary podcast guest Jannine Cabossel, aka The Tomato Lady, joins host Christine Salem to offer tips for yard work this month ahead of a potential first frost in the middle of the month. These tasks include turning off a drip irrigation system if you have one; to clean; start a compost heap; and maybe, later in the month, plant some garlic and shallots. Find the show’s program notes here. Produced by Santa Fe Extension Master Gardeners, Slow Food Santa Fe, New Mexico Healthy Soils and Home Grown New Mexico, The garden diary airing live at 10 a.m. Saturday KSFR 101.1 FM or streaming at

The mystique (and cum) of Santa Fe

Is Santa Fe’s “deep-rooted art scene” the key to its magic? This is the conclusion ARTNews achieved in a story that describes Santa Fe’s “alchemical fusion of ineffable mystique and laid-back courage,” the result of a “cultural continuum that links Indigenous peoples and European settlers to the multivalent influence of Santa Fe’s new transplants “. History recommends visits to the Plaza, Museum Hill, and Railyard, with special thanks to the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Indigenous Arts, the Thoma Foundation Art Storage Room, and the Sculpture Gallery and Garden Shidoni, as well as, of course, Meow Wolf and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (speaking of O’Keeffe, Albuquerque’s Electric Playhouse’s immersive O’Keeffe experience, “Music for the Eyes,” has opened its doors on Friday and will continue until November 27). “This wide range of artistic traditions, media and disciplines, all woven together in compelling ways, is key to the magic of Santa Fe,” conclude the magazine’s editors. “The spirit of the city’s diverse art scene lives in the spaces between the dichotomies of old and new, physical and intangible, dynamic and fixed.” ArtNEWS may love Santa Fe, but other localities in New Mexico also got some love this week, including Madrid, named the best small town in the state by the Discoverer’s Blogand Truth or Consequences, which USA today chosen as the town with the funniest name in the state (USA today also awarded Dulce an honorable mention in this category, although we don’t really understand why).

Create leads

An earthquake in Alaska last year revealed possibly 30 new dinosaur footprints from three different species, the Washington Post reports and paleontologist Tony Fiorillo, executive director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science, is part of the team that discovered new footprints this summer: one from an ankylosaurus and the other from a carnivorous theropod. Fiorillo spent 10 seasons on the ground in Aniakchak, located toward the eastern end of Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain. He first discovered a dinosaur footprint there in 2002. “As you walk those few miles, there’s a really remarkable frequency of tracks on the beach and in the cliffs,” Fiorillo told the Job, “And I would have a little trouble thinking about that kind of density in the abundance of tracks” elsewhere. Fiorillo and his team are due to present some of their findings at the Geological Society of America’s annual meeting in Denver starting Oct. 9. data, then think about next year. NPR also recently spoke with Fiorillo and his colleagues about their summer in Aniakchak Bay and how their research can help inform work on climate change.

Hot air balloon weather

The National Weather Service forecast showers and thunderstorms likely today, with a 60% chance of precipitation, mostly after 3 p.m. Otherwise, it should be partly sunny, with highs near 64 degrees and a 5-15 mph southeast wind changing to northwest in the afternoon. How that will translate to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which kicked off Saturday, remains to be seen, but you can watch live coverage here (and view a cute clip from the launch courtesy of New Mexico Magazine here).

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