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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 23, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico THE SANTA FE Locally owned Servii ig New Mexico for 156 years TUESDAY AUGUST 23 2005 F I F T Y CENTS Council studies new tax on home sales Officials propose transfer tax1 to help fund affordable housing By TOM SHARPE The New Mexican Anyone buying a house in Santa Fe for more than would have to pay a transfer tax to help support affordablehousing efforts if a proposal by two city coun cilors becomes law Councilors Carol Rob ertson Lopez and Rebecca Wurzburger are sponsoring a resolution that calls for Santa Fe to seek state authority to adopt such a tax on real estate transactions We do have at some other ways to pay for affordable Wurz burger said Monday Were hitting the developers pretty She was referring to last Please see TAX Page A4 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 Quarterly median homesale price city of Santa Fe in thousands June 2005 2QQO 2001 2002 2003 2004 20051 Source Santa Fe Association of Realtors Alexander New Mexican BORDERLINE DIVISION Border Patrol agent Rixie Davis of the El Centre station keeps an eye out for border crossing activity Kright Ridder Tribune Luis Sanchez New Mexican A group of illegal immigrants walk in the Arizona desert Gov Bill Richardson and Arizona Gov Janet Napolitano recently declared an emergency at the border hoping to add momentum to a move in Congress to overhaul the nations immigration system Some like Rep Jeff Flake believe the United States should revise the rules for who comes and goes across the border Immigration reform gets a boost from New Mexico Arizona with recent declarations as Congress remains divided over the issue By JENNIFER TALHELM The Associated Press WASHINGTON By declaring an emer gency at the ico border Gov Bill Richardson and Ari zona Gov Janet Napolitano hoped to add momentum to a move in Congress to overhaul the nations immigration system But Congress especially the Republican Party remains deeply divided over how to approach problems related to the 10 million or more ille gal immigrants in the Lawmakers say they still dont know exactly what direction legislation will take or even when they will get to it Before lawmakers left for their August recess the Senate had begun holding hearings on immigration bills It has been a very slowmoving piece of legislation in the said Sen Pete Domenici adding senators are serious about making progress in the fall It is on a very rapid pace The governors move followed by word that California Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger would consider simi lar action stole the national spotlight and sent some members of Congress scrambling to respond I hope it puts pressure on both the administration and the Congress to give it a higher said Sen Jeff Bingaman who visited border counties days after Richardson declared an emergency Yet as pressure has intensified some lawmakers have grown even more entrenched in the issue Some believe the should revise Please see DIVISION Page A4 Inside Report Tempo rary immigration benefits seen as security risk lawmaker pushing for guest worker program Richardson wants to bulldoze semi abandoned border town Page A4 INSIDE TODAY Annies Mailbox C5 Lotteries C2 Business Dl Movies C2 Classifieds El Opinion Comics A5 B4 Police notes A2 Crossword C5 Scoreboard B2 Horoscope C5 Sports Bl Tlift Wesfs Oldest Newspaper Five sections 26 pages 156th Issue No 235 Publication No 596440 Local news Cl Stocks Todays forecast Late Clasfttfled ads News tips Main office 9863000 9863030 9833303 Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorm High 81 bw 55 PageC6 Todays obituaries AmaHa C Ala rid 89 Santa Berate M Trujllto 92 Chi may6 Aug 20 Joseph E Edgar 65 Santa Fe Aug 16 Josephine GriegoBaca Santa Fe Aug 22 Page C2 State sues over No Child Left Behind Connecticut calls Bushs education law an unfunded mandate The Associated Press HARTFORD Conn Connecticut on Monday became the first state to chal lenge the No Child Left Behind law in court arguing that the centerpiece of President Bushs education law amounts to an unfunded mandate from the federal government Our message today is give up the unfunded mandates or give us the said Attorney General Richard Blurhenthal The lawsuit raises the stakes in a heated fight between states and the Bush administration over the law and experts say legislatures around the country will be watching the case carefully Experts expect that states could vote to join the lawsuit or file their own The lawsuit argues that No Child Left Behind is illegal because it requires expensive standardized tests and other school programs that the government doesnt pay for It asks a federal judge to declare that state and local money cannot be used to meet the laws goals Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has repeatedly denied requests from Connecticut for more flexibility Unfortunately this lawsuit wrong message to students educators and said Susan Aspey a depart ment spokeswoman The funds have been provided for testing but Connecti Please see CHILD Page A6 Inside Saboteurs disrupt Iraqi oil exports Page A3 Iraqis dfelay vote on charter Parliament fails again to complete constitution The Washington Post BAGHDAD Iraq Iraqs Shiite Muslim majority and its Kurdish allies moved Monday toward fun damentally reshaping their nation submitting a proposed constitution that would create a loose federation with strongly Islamic national laws The draft consti tution sent to par liament just five minutes before a midnight deadline outraged negotia tors for Iraqs Sunni Arab minority and Sunni constitutional delegates warned that civil war could erupt if the charter becomes law over their objections The streets will rise pre dicted Salih Mutlak a Sunni del egate But the coalition of Shiites and Kurds which holds a heavy major ity in parliament and could easily approve the constitution on its own agreed late Monday to postpone a vote for three days in hopes of appeasing Sunni negotiators Sunni support for the constitution is seen as crucial to ending the insur gency that continues to stage deadly attacks across the country Sunnis Please see DELAY Page A6 Police link Hyde to fifth death Man accused in four murders connected to another homicide By FELICIA FONSECA The Associated Press ALBUQU ERQUE A man accused of murdering two police officers and two young workers in a motorcycle shop last week has been linked to a fifth kill ing authorities said Monday Police linked John Hyde 48 to the Thursday mur der of Department of Transportation worker Ben Lopez through ballistics from a fairly rare revolver a 1918 Webley Mark VI said Michael Haag a forensics scientist with the department A warrant charging Hyde with an open count of murder and a count of tampering with evidence in the Please see FIFTH Page A4 John Hyde ;