New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer Lou DiVizio kicks off the show with an update on several key pieces of legislation moving through the Roundhouse. That includes the $9.6B budget package passed by the state Senate Sunday. HB 2 would increase spending by nearly 14%, which works out to more than $1B.
The Governor held a press conference in her office Tuesday morning to announce a bipartisan agreement on emergency legislation revising New Mexico’s medical malpractice law. According to reporting from the Albuquerque Journal’s Dan McKay, SB 523 would make sure independently owned outpatient clinics can remain open next year.
New Mexico in Focus Political Correspondent Gwyneth Doland speaks with three people in the Roundhouse about HB 547, the omnibus tax bill that would address a wide range of items, including the Gross Receipts Tax and individual tax reimbursements of $500.
Then, Gene Grant talks to independent Journalist Ted Alcorn about the miniscule increase in alcohol taxes included in that tax plan. Gene also asks about the now-tabled HB 230, which would have increased taxes on alcohol by a much more substantial amount.
Finally, Gene speaks with the Santa Fe Reporter’s Andrew Oxford, who’s been covering the recent developments around a rebuild plan for the Santa Fe Obelisk.
Host: Lou DiVizio
Correspondent: Gwyneth Doland
St. Rep. Derrick Lente, (D) NM District 65 – Sandia Pueblo
Camilla Feibelman, director, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
Richard Anklam, executive director, New Mexico Tax Research Institute
Correspondent: Gene Grant
Ted Alcorn, independent journalist
Andrew Oxford, reporter, Santa Fe Reporter
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New Mexico Bill Finder – NM State Legislature