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Assessing the Impact of Tax Rebate Checks, Recreational Cannabis Legalization & Spring Runoff Forecast

This week on New Mexico in Focus, our Line Opinion panelists assess the fast-moving special session that’s sending $500-$1500 to most New Mexican taxpayers. Plus, an economics professor from New Mexico State University explains whether these payments are the most efficient way to address the long-term impacts of inflation. The Panel also looks back on the first week of legal recreational cannabis sales in the state, from the logistical issues it presented to the potential economic positives it unveiled. And, our panelists discuss the return of no-payment evictions in Bernalillo County.

Environment Reporter Laura Paskus is watching our water closely this week. She checks in with a Bernalillo County water official to see how the repeal of Albuquerque’s plastic ban bag could affect water quality in the city. Plus, a forecast for how much moisture communities around the state can expect from snow melt and precipitation this spring, as we all prepare for another dry summer.

Host: Gene Grant

The Line opinion panel:
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM Law School
Sophie Martin, attorney
Justine Fox-Young, former state representative


Assessing the Efficiency of Cash Relief Payments
Correspondent: Gene Grant
Guest: Dr. James Peach, economics professor, NMSU

Plastic Bags & Storm Water
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Kali Bronson, stormwater program compliance manager, Bernalillo County

Spring Water Forecast
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Angus Goodbody, forecast hydrologist, USDA-NRCS