On Thursday morning the New Mexico Supreme Court declined to weigh in on the battle between Governor Susana Martinez and the legislature over her budget vetoes, which zeroed out funding for all of higher education and the legislature. The court ruled that there was still time for both sides to solve the problem on their own. Governor Martinez has already called a special session for May 24th to deal with the vetoes and the final budget deal. THE LINE panelists offer their immediate reactions to this latest development.
May 5, 2017 – A record number of Santa Fe voters soundly rejected a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. With the defeat of the two-cent-per-ounce tax, the city must look to other ways to fund early childhood education programs. And Governor Susana Martinez plans to reintroduce a tax overhaul bill when she schedules the special session she has pledged to call.
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres