• Environmental Legislation, The New Governor, Plastic Ban | January 11, 2019 Episode Preview
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    Environmental Legislation, The New Governor, Plastic Ban | January 11, 2019 Episode Preview

    >>FUNDING FOR NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS PROVIDED BY THE MCCUNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION AND VIEWERS LIKE YOU. THIS WEEK ON NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM WASTED NO TIME GETTING TO WORK AS NEW MEXICO’S GOVERNOR.>>I THINK SHE IS SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW CABINET LEVEL APPOINTMENTS THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A LOT OF EYES ON.>>PLUS IN THIS MONTHS OUR LAND REPORT WE LOOK AT ENVIRONMENTAL PRIORITIES FOR THE STATE HEADED INTO THE 2019 SESSION. NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS STARTS NOW. WELCOME TO NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, I AM GENE GRANT. ALSO IN STORE OUR LINE OPINION PANELISTS TALK ABOUT A NEW…

  • Bill 156: The “Ag Gag”?
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    Bill 156: The “Ag Gag”?

    >>Steve: THERE IS A TERRIFIC DEBATE UNDERWAY AT QUEEN’S PARK THESE DAYS OVER THE WELFARE OF ANIMALS ON FARMS. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS IT’S TRYING TO PROTECT FARMERS AND ANIMALS FROM TRESPASSERS; THE OPPOSITION COUNTERS, SAYING THE BILL IS A SO-CALLED “AG GAG,” MEANING IT WOULD PREVENT WHISTLE-BLOWERS FROM BRINGING ATTENTION TO ANIMAL CRUELTY. TO ARGUE THEIR RESPECTIVE SIDES, WE WELCOME: ONTARIO’S MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND RURAL AFFAIRS ERNIE HARDEMAN, WHO’S THE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE MEMBER FOR OXFORD; AND JOHN VANTHOF, THE NDP’s AGRICULTURE CRITIC AND MPP FOR TIMISKAMING-COCHRANE. AND WE SHOULD ADD, THEY ARE ACTUALLY UNCLE AND NEPHEW. AND WE WELCOME YOU TWO BACK TO TVO.>>THANKS, STEVE.>>GOOD TO BE BACK.>>Steve:…

  • Ethics Commission Director, Election Season & Court Backlog | Preview
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    Ethics Commission Director, Election Season & Court Backlog | Preview

    >>Gene: THIS WEEK ON NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS, THE NEW MEXICO ETHICS COMMISSION IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS.>>Mr. Farris: THIS CAN NEVER BE DESIGNED IN A WAY TO WHERE IT COULD BE EMPOWERED TO BE A POLITICAL WITCH HUNT IN ANYBODY’S HANDS.>>Gene: PLUS IT’S OUT OF THE ROUNDHOUSE AND INTO THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE CAMPAIGN FIRE FOR ALL 112 NEW MEXICO LEGISLATORS. NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS STARTS NOW. THANKS FOR JOINING US THIS WEEK. I AM YOUR HOST, GENE GRANT. THE CITY OF ALBUQUERQUE WENT INTO THE SESSION LOOKING FOR MANY MILLIONS FOR A NEW HOMELESS SHELTER. THEY DIDN’T GET IT, BUT WHILE WE CONSIDER THAT, WE’LL EXPLORE HOW…

  • New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Passed | The Line
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    New Mexico Legislative Wrap: What Passed | The Line

    >>Grant: THE BUDGET WAS JOB ONE FOR THE 30-DAY SESSION AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE LAST THING TO GET HAMMERED OUT. NEW MEXICO ALSO HAS A NEW TRUST FUND FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND A CONTROVERSIAL RED FLAG LAW. HERE TO GIVE INSIGHTS AND OPINIONS ON LEGISLATIVE SESSION, WE HAVE WITH US FORMER STATE SENATOR AND LINE REGULAR DEDE FELDMAN IS HERE. ALSO JOINING US IS A WELCOME GUEST, MARTHA BURK, POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGIST AND AUTHOR OF YOUR VOICE YOUR VOTE. DIANE SNYDER ALSO HERE TODAY, ANOTHER LINE REGULAR AND A FORMER STATE SENATOR. COMPLETING OUR TABLE IS MERRITT ALLEN, OWNER OF VOX OPTIMA PUBLIC RELATIONS. GREAT TO HAVE YOU…

  • Legislative Session Off And Running | The Line
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    Legislative Session Off And Running | The Line

    >>WE MENTIONED THE ROCKET DOCKET LAST WEEK HERE ON THE SHOW, A STRATEGY STREAMLINING PASSAGE OF BILLS THAT HAD STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT LAST YEAR IN THE LEGISLATURE BUT COULDN’T MUSTER SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNOR AT THAT TIME, SUSANA MARTINEZ. AND THE FOURTH FLOOR AT THE ROUNDHOUSE HAS A NEW OCCUPANT, MITCHELL LUJAN GRISHAM. WE WANT TO TOUCH ON MANY ASPECTS OF HOW GOVERNOR GRISHAM IS KICKING OFF HER FIRST SESSION. FIRST, LET INTRODUCE OUR LINE PANELISTS FOR THIS WEEK, STARTING WITH REGULAR, TOM GARRITY OF THE GARRITY GROUP PR, JUSTINE FOX YOUNG, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE AND A LOCAL ATTORNEY. MARTHA BURK IS WITH US,…

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    Your NM Government: Legislative Session Overview

    >>Gwyneth: THE BUDGET IS LAWMAKERS NO. 1 JOB DURING THE 30-DAY SESSION BUT ALMOST ALWAYS THE LAST THING TO GET DONE. LAWMAKERS TUSSLE OVER HOW MUCH MONEY TO SAVE AND HOW MUCH TO SPEND ON PROJECTS THAT GOT NEGLECTED DURING THE DRY YEARS. REPRESENTATIVE HARPER, THE STATE GOT A BONUS THIS YEAR AND WE HAVE GOT A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY IN THE CHECKBOOK. HOW DID WE DO THIS SESSION KIND OF KEEPING THE CHECKBOOK BALANCED?>>Rep. Harper: GREAT QUESTION. INCLUDING THIS YEAR AND LAST, THE STATE HAS THREE BILLION. THAT IS HUGE. WHAT WE HAVE DONE WITH ALL THAT MONEY IS SPENT AND SPENT AND SPENT. AND I AM SUPER CONCERNED…

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    Governor and Legislative Panel Each Reveal Budgets | The Line

    >>AWASH IN OIL MONEY, LAWMAKERS TAKE TO THE CAPITOL ON JANUARY 21 FOR THIS YEARS LEGISLATIVE SESSION. BOTH THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATIVE FINANCE COMMITTEE RELEASED BUDGET PROPOSALS THIS WEEK. GOVERNOR MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM HAS PROPOSED BETTER THAN AN 8% INCREASE, WITH ADDED SPENDING ON SCHOOLS AND ROADS, INFRASTRUCTURE, ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHEAST NEW MEXICO, PAY RAISES, A ONE-TIME INFUSION OF MONEY INTO A TRUST FUND FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND MONEY TO FILL IN THE GAPS FOR TUITION AT STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FREE.>>LAWMAKERS ARE ABOUT AT 6 1/2 PERCENT FOR THEIR INCREASE. WITH DIFFERENCES IN FUNDING FOR A NEW EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AND MONEY FOR THAT PUBLIC HIGHER…

  • Episode 1035 | THE LINE: Ethics Legislation
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    Episode 1035 | THE LINE: Ethics Legislation

    >>AND WE’RE BACK AT THE TABLE WITH THIS WEEK’S LINE OPINION PANELISTS TO TALK ABOUT MORE ONE TOPIC. REPRESENTATIVE JIM DINES INTRODUCED LEGISLATION THIS YEAR THAT WOULD ASK VOTERS TO DECIDE WHETHER THE STATE SHOULD HAVE AN INDEPENDENT ETHICS COMMISSION. NOW, VIKI, YOUR ORGANIZATION, COMMON CAUSE NEW MEXICO, HAS SUPPORTED THE CREATION OF AN INDEPENDENT ETHICS COMMISSION IN THE PAST. IN FACT, THIS BILL HAS COME UP BEFORE FROM MR. DINES AS WELL. SOMETHING FEELS A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN THE AIR, HOWEVER, THIS YEAR. WHAT’S YOUR SENSE OF IT? SOMETHING FEELS LIKE IT’S GETTING A LITTLE TRACTION TO ME.>>THE ISSUE IS DEFINITELY GETTING A LOT MORE TRACTION HERE, UNTIL I…

  • Cannabis Legislation | The Line
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    Cannabis Legislation | The Line

    >>Gene: SENATE BILL 115 WOULD LEGALIZE THE SALE OF RECREATIONAL CANNABIS. IT PASSED ITS FIRST HURDLE TUESDAY. SENATORS VOTED 4-3 ALONG PARTY LINES, DEMOCRATS FOR AND REPUBLICANS AGAINST. IT PASSED AFTER HOURS OF PUBLIC COMMENT AND DEBATE. THOSE IN FAVOR CITE PUBLIC SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC BOON. THOSE AGAINST, BRING UP SAFETY AND HEALTH ISSUES, AMONG OTHER CONCERNS. WE WOULD BE ROUGHLY ONE OF DOZEN STATES WITH LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL CANNABIS BUT ONE OF, I BELIEVE, THREE STATES WITH — I AM NOT SURE — THIRD TO PASS IT BY STATUTE VERSUS, YOU KNOW, A PUBLIC VOTE.>>INITIAL TAKE AWAY. I WANT TO ASK, FIRST OF ALL, FROM YOUR SENSE OF…

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    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham On Plans for Legislative Session

    >>THANKS FOR COMING IN. I HAVE A BOAT LOAD TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT. APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.>>DELIGHTED TO BE HERE, MATT. THANK YOU.>>LET’S START WITH EDUCATION. THE BIGGEST CHUNK OF THE STATE BUDGET. THE PLAINTIFFS IN THE YAZZIE/ MARTINEZ LAWSUIT HAVE HINTED THAT LAST YEAR, EVEN WITH THE TEACHER RAISES, HAVE AMOUNTED TO WINDOW DRESSINGS. SCHOOLS HAVE COMPLAINED ABOUT EQUITY REQUIREMENTS, ESPECIALLY CHARTER SCHOOLS. HOW DO YOU MOVE BEYOND INCREASING TEACHER SALARIES INTO WHATEVER PHASE 2 LOOKS LIKE?>>THAT IS PART OF THE MISNOMER. YOU DON’T MOVE ON. YOU KEEP BUILDING AND INVESTING. IT SHOULD BE STRATEGIC AND MEANINGFUL AND YOU SHOULD GET TO THE OUTCOMES WE ALL DESIRE, RIGHT? WHICH…