December 8, 2015

Three things to watch for on December 8

Here are three things to watch for on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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1. Legislative Finance Committee continues

The December meeting of the Legislative Finance Committee will hit day two in Santa Fe. The meeting will last four days.

While the budget projections were, well, not good, today’s theme is education. The committee will hear from Dr. Barbara Damron, the Secretary of the Higher Education Department, and representatives from college groups from throughout the state. After lunch, representatives from the New Mexico School for the Deaf, the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and New Mexico Military Institute will give an update.

Then the University of New Mexico Health Science Center gets its chance, followed by a presentation on tribally Controlled and Administered Colleges, finishing with Damron again and a lottery scholarship update.

Wednesday will have more cabinet secretaries: the Secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department head, Department of Health head and Human Services Department head will all speak to the interim committee.

2. Clean power plan public input tour continues

The third of the public meetings in December, and the final one this week, by the New Mexico Environment Department takes place today. This one is the state’s largest city, Las Cruces, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The meetings are over implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan that seeks to reduce carbon emissions.

The meeting will be at the New Mexico Environment Department District 3 Office.

“The meetings include a brief introduction to the Clean Power Plan, followed by the opportunity for interested citizens to provide input to the New Mexico Environment Department and to ask questions regarding the final rule,” the NMED press release says.

The next meeting takes place on December 14.

3. New Insurance Service Organization ratings for ABQ

Looks like we can expect some good numbers from the Albuquerque Fire Department on ISO ratings if the press release announcing the new numbers on Tuesday are any indication; look for the new numbers just before 11:00 a.m.

Wondering what the ISO rating is? From the Albuquerque Fire Department press release:

The purpose of ISO is to give insurance companies a uniform system on which to base their insurance premiums.

ISO ratings range from 1 to 10, with 1 being the best and 10 being no fire protection at all. The lower the ISO number, the more protected properties are from fire damage and loss. The higher level of protection, the less likely an insurance company will have to reimburse a claim for fire damage. When claims are reduced or eliminated, insurance premiums are reduced.

There ya go.

Honorable mentions:

Look for two new opinion pieces later this morning at NM Political Report, as well as our recap of stories from February.

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