5 Things You Need to Know Before You Go: December 20, 2013

December 20th, 2013 at 6:30 am by under Latest Posts

Good morning!

Here are the five things you need to know before you go this morning.

5. As you rush out to get everything done for the holiday, think green. Re-use tags and cards; even buy gifts made from recycled materials. Give gifts that don’t come with any waste, like gift cards. Recycle as much of those toy and gift boxes as you can. Make a lunch kit of reusable containers. The high court also voted unanimously to allow the state keep cuts to teacher retirement benefits.

4. This is the last day on the job for Bernalillo County investment officer and former county treasurer Patrick Padilla. He’s leaving amidst a controversy about bad investments that didn’t pay off, leaving the county short of cash to pay its bills. On his way out, Padilla’s announcing he’s now running for state treasurer. He says if he’s elected he’ll hire the same person who’s investment advice failed to pay off for the county.

3. About 37,000 retired and 61,000 active educators in New Mexico lost a battle in the state supreme court yesterday. When money got tight legislators cut costs of living benefits and required workers to pay more into their retirement fund. Four retired educators sued, claiming the state constitution protected those benefits as a property right. The Supreme Court ruled a cost of living adjustment is an expectation, not a right, so those cuts and higher contributions stand.

2. New Mexico is the latest state to legalize same-sex marriage. Yesterday the state’s highest court declared denying marriage licenses to same sex couples is unconstitutional. Of course, eight of New Mexico’s 33 counties have been issuing the licenses since August. A county clerk in Dona Ana County got this all started when he independently started issuing licenses to same sex couples.

1. Today you can expect a 20 percent chance of showers after noon. Then it’ll be partly sunny, with a high near 49. East wind will blow from 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Tonight a chance of rain showers before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. Tonight expect mostly cloudy skies, with a low around 30. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming northwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow might come, but it’ll be less than half an inch.

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