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Senate Passes Udall-Heinrich Amendment Directing Congress To Provide Mandatory Full Funding For PILT

on October 23, 2017 - 4:05pm
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approved an amendment by U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich Oct. 19 that directs Congress to fully and permanently fund the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program, which helps local governments in New Mexico and across the West pay for critical services like schools, police, and roads.
 
The amendment to the Republicans’ Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution passed 58 to 41 and was the only amendment offered by a Democrat to pass on a roll-call vote.
 
New Mexico is the third-highest recipient of PILT payments in the

IRS: Taxpayers Who Are Victims Of Domestic Abuse Should Know Their Rights

on October 23, 2017 - 3:42pm
IRS News:
 
PHOENIX  Domestic abuse (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p3865.pdf) often includes control over finances. An important part of managing finances is understanding one’s tax rights. Taxpayers have the right to expect the IRS to consider facts and circumstances that might affect the individual’s taxes.
 
Taxpayers have the right to:
  • File a separate return even if they’re married;
  • Review the entire tax return before signing a joint return;
  • Review supporting documents for a joint return;
  • Refuse to sign a joint return;
  • Request more time to file their tax return;
  • Get copies of prior

Rotary: Los Alamos Students Get Pinkies Painted Purple To Eradicate Polio ... Tuesday Is World Polio Day

on October 23, 2017 - 11:34am
Ty Morris of Pinon Elementary School participates in the Purple Pinkie event recently hosted by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio and its eradication. Photo by Oliver Morris
Kaya Loy, right, and a friend show their purple pinkies during a special even hosted  by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos to bring awareness to polio eradication. Photo by Laura Loy
Aspen Elementary teacher Stacy Martin and Rotarian Alison Pannell support the eradication of polio through a recent Purple Pinkie event. Photo by Mary Beth Maassen

ROTARY News:

In recognition of World Polio Day, Oct.

Study: Noncompliance Hobbles Comprehensive Background Check Policy For Private Gun Sales

on October 23, 2017 - 10:40am

Courtesy/gunlocker.com

HSNW News:

Of the three states that recently expanded comprehensive background check (CBC) policies to include all gun transfers, including those among private parties, only Delaware showed an overall increase in firearm background checks. Washington and Colorado had no changes, which the study authors say suggests that compliance and enforcement were incomplete.

The study, which posted online in Injury Prevention, is believed to be the first to assess the association between CBC policy enactment and changes in background-check rates.

Senate Budget Plan Allows For $1.5 Trillion Added To National Debt

on October 23, 2017 - 10:10am
Maya MacGuineas, president
Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget
 
CRFB News:
 
The Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2018 budget Oct. 19 containing reconciliation instructions for tax reform. The following is a statement from Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget:
 
There was a time not long ago when many Congressional Republicans demanded a budget that balanced within 10 years.
 
Today, with their vote, the Senate GOP has turned away from this goal, sprinting in the other direction and instead approving a plan that allows for $1.5 trillion in

Gallinas Watershed Prescribed Burn Resumes

on October 23, 2017 - 8:47am
SFNF News:
 
SANTA FE  Fire managers hope to resume the prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District next week, perhaps as early as Tuesday, Oct. 24. 
 
The decision to burn on Tuesday will be dependent on favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality, weather forecasts and available resources. 
 
The Gallinas Canyon prescribed burn is designed to improve and protect the Gallinas Watershed, the primary water source for the City of Las Vegas, by reducing the risk for high-severity wildfire.

FBI: Man In Construction Vest Robs Anthony Bank

on October 23, 2017 - 8:47am
FBI News:
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the man who robbed a bank Thursday, Oct. 19 in Anthony.
 
The suspect is described as a Hispanic male wearing a yellow construction vest, black hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and a black baseball cap with a San Francisco 49ers logo. He had a bandana on his face and carried a black bag.
 
At approximately 11:40 a.m., the suspect entered Bank of the West, located at 300 N. Anthony Dr. He displayed a handgun and demanded money from a teller.

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