June 12, 2020 – The stunning sweep of COVID-19 is evident in the financial picture that spreads out before lawmakers as they’re set to return to the Capitol next Thursday for the special session. The most recent estimate by a team of state economists is that New Mexico faces a $2 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, which starts on July 1. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists discuss what has been released so far about the potential budget fixes the legislature will be considering. They also discuss the possibility of other issues making their way into the Roundhouse, including police reform efforts stemming from the Black Lives Matter protests and the death of George Floyd.
Dede Feldman, Former State Senator
H. Diane Snyder, Former State Senator
Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal Capitol Bureau Chief
For Further Reading:
Solvency plans not far apart – Albuquerque Journal
Governor proposes cuts, tapping reserves in budget plan – Santa Fe New Mexican
Roundhouse to be closed to public – Albuquerque Journal