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February 9, 2018 – New Mexico’s economy was doing pretty well in 2006. Then the Great Recession hit in December of 2007 and the state’s economy has yet to recover. New Mexico is in a pattern of boom and bust … Continue reading The Line: New Mexico’s Economy Still Suffers Post Recession Woes

February 9, 2018 – A “glitch” in the state’s new computer system accidently booted some foster and adoptive children out of the Medicaid system. The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department and the Human Services Department has said any … Continue reading The Line: “Glitches” Erroneously End Medicaid For Some Children

February 8, 2018 – Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the controversial editorial cartoon printed in the Albuquerque Journal this week, as well as the resulting fallout.

February 2, 2018 – A proposed amendment to the New Mexico constitution seeks to revamp the selection process for university regents. In the proposal, a nominating committee would vet applicants and recommend them for board seats, giving the state’s governor … Continue reading The Line: Selecting University Regents

February 2, 2018 – Economists were happy to report to New Mexico lawmakers that there is almost $300 million in “new money” in the state’s budget this year. But what is the best way to spend those funds? Gene Grant … Continue reading The Line: Legislators Look At Plugging “New Money” Into Budget

February 2, 2018 – In New Mexico, many prison inmates remain incarcerated despite being eligible for parole because they are waiting for a bed in a residential treatment program or halfway house. Inmates may also be held past their eligible … Continue reading The Line: Serving Parole In Prison

January 26, 2018 – Many local governments and schools hire lobbyists to chase after money from the state government. Some good government groups, such as Think New Mexico, argue that more transparency and simplicity in the legislature would eliminate the … Continue reading The Line: Role Of Lobbyists In State Government

January 26, 2018 – State Senator Linda Lopez is calling for Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski to resign over a comment he made last month praising Manifest Destiny. Many say the remark showed a lack of understanding about the history of … Continue reading The Line: Education Secretary-Designate Asked To Resign Over Manifest Destiny Comment

January 26, 2018 – Gene Grant and the Line opinion panel debate the potential impact of the brief government shutdown on New Mexico. They discuss what might be ahead after the three-week stopgap measure to reopen the government. And they … Continue reading The Line: The Government Shutdown And New Mexico

January 19, 2018 – In a follow up to the discussion on crime and public safety, Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate a movement that is looking to get rid of judges that are soft on crime. The … Continue reading The Line: Should New Mexicans Clear the Bench?

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