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Brain Drain Series Segment 1: The Nature of the Problem

NMiF: Brain Drain

July 7, 2017 - Every problem we identify in New Mexico seems to come back to one thing: jobs. How do we attract more businesses and create more high-paying jobs? How do we prepare and train workers for those careers? And once we’ve done that, how do we keep our most talented people from leaving the state? This week Gwyneth Doland sits down with three people who have worked with New Mexico Legislative Jobs Council, trying to answer just those questions.

Mark Lautman, an economic development consultant
Sen. Michael Padilla, a Democrat from Albuquerque’s South Valley
Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes is a Republican from Albuquerque’s North Valley

Further Reading:
New Mexico Economy: Recent Developments, Outlook & Opportunities—BBER
Disconnected Youth: Out of School and Out of Work in Rural America
2016 New Mexico Jobs Council Report

Tracking Campaign Finance And Lobbyist Spending


June 9, 2017 – Current laws and technology often make it difficult to track political money in New Mexico. Sandra Fish, a data journalist for New Mexico in Depth, closely follows fundraising and expenses filed by lawmakers and lobbyists. She sat down during the special legislative session with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about what she’s found in reports so far this year and how improved databases could make tracking campaign finance spending easier.

Watch the full interview:

Tracking Campaign Finance Spending In New Mexico