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The Line: ABQ Considers Mirroring BernCo’s Newly Approved Leave Law

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August 30, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss Bernalillo County’s passage of a new paid leave law and the Albuquerque City Council’s look into whether a similar “leave for any reason” law would work for the city. Councilors Pat Davis and Isaac Benton are leading the charge to explore a paid leave ordinance, but some business groups are not behind the idea, saying it unfairly impacts small businesses. The Line debates the wisdom of adopting the ordinance, and how political stands affect councilors’ reelection prospects this November.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Affirm
Cathryn McGill, NM Black Leadership Council

For Further Reading:
City of ABQ leaders to explore new paid leave lawAlbuquerque Journal

County commissioners approve paid time off ordinanceAlbuquerque Business First

County Commission OKs paid leave ordinanceAlbuquerque Journal

The Line: NBCUniversal Film and TV Project Comes to Albuquerque

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June 21, 2019 – Last week, NBCUniversal announced plans to expand its film and TV production with a multimillion-dollar project in downtown Albuquerque. The state is investing up to $7.7 million along with $3 million from Albuquerque in Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funding to convert a present warehouse into a state-of-the-art studio. In return for these investments and additional tax incentives, NBCUniversal has committed to $500 million dollars of spending over the next decade, more than 300 full-time jobs at good wages, and $55,000 per year into training programs.

While the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s share of the funding, not everyone is on board with the investment, including the Rio Grande Foundation, a tax watchdog group. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists weigh in on whether they think it’s a good economic deal for New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)
Harry Van Buren, UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

City Council approves NBCUniversal incentive package – by Ron Davis, Albuquerque Business First

UPDATED: Getting NBCUniversal to open ABQ studio was a race to the finish – by Ron Davis and Rachel Sams, Albuquerque Business First

City council votes yes, bringing NBC Universal and over 300 jobs to Duke CityKOAT 7