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10/26/12 New Mexico in Focus Audio: Episode 617

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS continues an in-depth discussion of issues New Mexicans will find on the ballot this fall, as a trio of educators makes their case for the 2012 general obligation bonds. The bonds, funded by property taxes paid by New Mexicans, would mean millions of dollars to the state’s public colleges and universities. But tough economic times mean a tough sell for tax levies.

The Line opinion panel also examines the general obligation bonds being asked for by New Mexico and its counties and cities.

The panel gets into the nitty-gritty of state legislative races, taking a look at some of the battles and narratives that will be important to keep in mind on Election Day.

The group also explores the options available to public retirement plans mired in unfunded obligations to future retirees.

Martha Burk returns with a look at a campaign topic highlighted in the recent town hall presidential debate: pay equity. The political psychologist offers insight into potential remedies offered by Republicans and Democrats.

Dr. Robert Frank, President, University of New Mexico
Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, New Mexico Tech
Dr. Kathie Winograd, President, Central New Mexico Community College
Martha Burk, Political Psychologist

THE LINE Panelists:
Tom Garrity, Principal, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, Editor, New Mexico Law Review
Rob Nikolewski, Editor, Capitol Report New Mexico
Laura Sanchez, Attorney

Sarah Gustavus

Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Matt Grubs. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation. Subscribe to the New Mexico in Focus Podcast on iTunes.