March 17, 2017 - This week we learned that New Mexico's unemployment rate is now the highest in the nation, but there's a lot to consider when discussing those numbers. Host Gene Grant leads a debate with our Line opinion panelists about economic development and the needs of rural and urban communities.
Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Dan Foley, former state lawmaker
Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
March 17, 2017— The legislative session is reaching a crescendo of activity during its final week and the issue of corruption is back in the spotlight as Democrats cry foul over an unusual request from the governor—one that would seem to benefit a generous contributor to her reelection campaign. That comes as ethics oversight bills come nearer than ever to the finish line. We’ve got details on this straight from the Roundhouse.
Andrew Oxford is a reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican, where he covers state government and other news. He came to The New Mexican from the Taos News.
Sen. Steven Neville, R-Aztec, has served in the Legislature since 2005. He is the ranking Republican on the Legislative Finance Committee and serves on the Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee.
Heather Ferguson is the legislative director of Common Cause of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that advocates for government accountability. Her work focuses on money in politics.