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The Line: Special Session Wraps Up, What’s Next?

The Roundhouse

June 2, 2017 - The special legislative session wrapped up earlier this week with a budget deal that leaves less than 1% in the state’s reserves. Funding for higher education was restored but the economic future of the state still remains unclear. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Senator John Arthur Smith believes there’s a “50-50 chance” that New Mexico’s bond rating could be downgraded again. Host Gene Grant and this week’s Line opinion panel of local journalists react to the outcome of the special session and talk about what comes next.

Line Panelists:
Elaine Baumgartel, news director at http://www.kunm.org KUNM
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief for the Albuquerque Journal
Andy Lyman, reporter for NM Political Report
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican

Tracking Campaign Finance Spending In New Mexico

NMiF: Sandra Fish

May 26, 2017 – Reporter Sandra Fish keeps a close eye on spending by lawmakers and lobbyists during the legislative sessions and throughout the year. She sat down this week with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about her coverage for New Mexico in Depth of campaign finance reports from the first four months of the year. They also talked about what’s at stake if journalists and everyday New Mexicans can’t easily access information about political spending.

Further Reading:

SOS holds out hope for campaign finance funding
May lobby filings reveal $690,000 in NM spending
Loophole and vague laws create ambiguity in lobbyist reporting