Wed June 19, 2013
Santa Fe school board moves ahead with plans to sue the state
Santa Fe’s school board has approved an allocation of $100,000 to file a lawsuit against the state over funding for public schools. They say the legislature has not committed enough money to satisfy the requirement that education be sufficiently funded. The board is looking for other school districts to join the lawsuit.
U.S. Senator Tom Udall is challenging Citizens United, the controversial supreme court decision that says money equals free speech and corporations are persons. Udall has introduced legislation, calling for a constitutional amendment that would give congress, not the courts, power over how elections are paid for.
Constitutional amendments need approval by two thirds of both the house and senate, and further approval by at least 38 state legislatures.
Municipal water officials in Albuquerque are talking about a new way to improve water conservation. It would be a slight decrease in rates for residents who save water and a slight increase for those who don’t. If they’re approved, the new rates would go into effect July 1st. The water utility serves more than 170,000 homes and a population of 640,000 people
A bill to put the Valles Caldera National Preserve under federal management has cleared the Senate energy committee with bipartisan support. The biill would open hunting and fishing opportunities to a wider public, under a preserve model, managed by the National Park Service.
A new nationwide survey gives New Mexico low marks for its manufacturing sector. The Ball State University study says manufacturing in New Mexico is not developing as much as in other states, mostly because of the state’s poorly qualified workforce. The study gives New Mexico a D-minus for human capital.
The annual Rodeo de Santa Fe gets underway tonight at the rodeo grounds on Rodeo Road. It’s the 64th year for the event and it runs through Saturday.
Weather: Mostly sunny and breezy with highs around 90