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1 0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010 Governor Richardson signs legislation for ci Submitted by AMERICAN CAN- CER SOCIETY ACTION NET- WORK~Santa Fe New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson took a major step for- ward in protecting New Mexico's children from tobacco-related ad- diction and disease when he signed into law House Bill 3, a bill passed during the recent spe- cial session, increasing the tax on cigarettes by 75 cents per pack. The 75-cent increase brings New Mexico's tax to $1.66 per pack, ranking it 18* highest in the coun- try and well above the current national average of $1.34 per pack Representative Gall Chasey, co-sponsor of House Bill 3 along with Representative Danice Picraux. said "We are very proud that Governor Bill Richardson has shown the courage and leadership to sign the bill increasing New Mexico's tax on cigarettes by $.75 per pack. The Governor rec- ognizes that this is not only a rev- enue enhancement, but an impor- tant piece of public health legis- lation. Ultimately, this bill will save millions of dollars in future health care costs to the state of New Mexico." Rep. Chasey of- fered additional comments on a late amendment to the bill involv- ing tax agreements with the state's Native American tribal governments, saying "This leg- islation is also historic because, for the first time ever. our state's tribal leaders have come to the table and will now impose the same tax of $.75 per pack. col- lecting an estimated $20-25 mil- lion in revenues for tribal pur- poses." House Bill 3. sponsored by Representatives Gall Chasey and Danice Pic~raux in the House of WNMU announces license plate d n Submitted by ABE VILLARREALIWNMU Western New Mexico University students, alumni and fans will soon be able to drive proudly with the first official WNMU collegiate plate. Three designs are available for public voting on the WNMU Web site at plate. All three plates include the university colors royalty purple and vegas gold. as well as, the WNMU logo. The design that receives the most votes will be chosen as the first WNMU collegiate 0O00 "~ plate. Voting is simple and is available through Friday, April U 16. ........... "Alumni have been asking for a col- legiate plate for years." said Alumni Affairs Di- rector Arlene Schadel. "This is a great way for them to show their pride for WNMU." The collegiate plate, once it is avail- able, can be purchased through the New Design 3 Mexico Motor Vehicle Department. The cost will be $37, with $25 of the cost to be distributed to WNMU. t= increase Representatives and Senators Dede Feldman and Mary Jane Garcia in the Senate, was the last bill passed during the 2010 spe- cial session. Senator Dede Feldman cheered the preventive. health benefits of the legislation, suggesting that "This is one of the biggest victories for public health and the prevention of ill- ness that we have had in years. The major winners are New Mexico's young people." The American Cancer Soci- ety Cancer Action Network, the advocacy affiliate of the Ameri- can Cancer Society, along with the American Lung Association, American Heart Association, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and New Mexicans Concerned About Tobacco championed the cigarette tax increase in New Mexico to incentivize current smokers to quit and to prevent youth-from starting to smoke. "We are very proud to have passed the first state cigarette tax increase in the United States in 2010. providing a big win for New Mexicans and for public health" Said Traci Cadigan, New Mexico Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Currently in" New Mexico, an es- timated 279,000 adults and 22.000 youth smoke. Research has consistently shown that ev- ery 10 percent increase in the price of cigarettes reduces youth smoking by 7 percent and cuts overall cigarette consumption by about 4 percent. Every year. New Mexico in- curs more than $461 million in direct medical costs and $467 million in productivity costs from smoking. The increased tax will generate approximately $33 million in revenue for the state in the first year. The revenue from the tax increase will be directed to help offset proposed cuts to various programs such as educa- tion, early childhood education, Medicaid, and other health ser- vices funded by the state's gen- eral fund. The use of tobacco products remains the nation's number one cause of preventable death in the United States. killing more than 400,000 Americans and costing $96 billion in health care costs each year. III er I exlco On any given day there are over 2000 children in foster " care in the State of New Mexico. And these children, youth and their families need your support. Are YOU Ready to provide a family setting fora child to help them feel safe, grow & learn? Are YOU Ready to become a foster family! READY - START... Find out more, Please call: Rormy Diaz, Foster/Adoptive Parent Recruiter (575) 434-5950 Ext. 121 )State of New Mexico ',hildren, amil h anl partment Hunt Hit The Lordsburg Easter Egg Hunt was held at Short Park last Sat- urday morning, with hundreds of local youth participating.The Lordsburg Police Athletic League (PAL) was the primary sponsor of the event, donating more than 1,000 prize eggs. Above, the kick off of the event, which had kids looking for the prize eggs and more than 1,000 hard-boiled eggs. At right, the Easter Bunny visits with the children following the hunt. Hampton Inn- Joey G. 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