By Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new law will allow New Mexico communities to use lodger’s tax revenue to underwrite passenger air routes.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez signed legislation on Wednesday that allows the use of lodger’s tax dollars to meet minimum guarantees for securing passenger air service.

The taxes are applied to motel and hotel stays by counties and municipalities and are often used to promote tourism or pay for local services.

The governor’s office says the new law may help attract commercial flights to communities such as Hobbs, Santa Fe, Farmington and others.

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