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January 15, 2021 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists preview the two-month session of the New Mexico Legislature that is set to start next week. COVID protocols will dictate how to successfully hold a full session during the pandemic. Finalizing and approving a balanced budget is the number one priority, there are many other measures on the docket. Tapping into the state’s Land Grand Permanent Fund will certainly come up for debate, and the choice of a new Senate president pro tem will lead to key new committee appointments affecting that proposed constitutional amendment and other bills. 

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This segment is part of our #YourNMGov project, in collaboration with KUNM radio and the Santa Fe Reporter. Support for public media (NMPBS and KUNM) provided by the Thornburg Foundation.

Host: Gene Grant  

The Line Opinion Panel:     
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima  
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council   
Dan McKay, capitol bureau reporter, Albuquerque Journal  
Dave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes     

For More Information: 
Lujan Grisham Proposes $7.3 Billion Spending PlanAlbuquerque Journal  
Lujan Grisham’s $7.3B Proposed Budget Has More Virus AidSanta Fe New Mexican 
Teacher, State Worker Pay Hikes in Legislators’ PlanAlbuquerque Journal  
Pandemic Changes New Mexico’s 2021 Legislative Session – KRQE News 13 
Gov. Lujan Grisham Priorities for 2021 Session: Sustaining Key Investments, Regaining Economic Momentum – Office of the Governor 
Redistricting Task Force Report – New Mexico First