Tag Archives: Bernalillo County

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: Municipalities Offer Loan Programs as Alternative to Payday Loans

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July 26, 2019 – Predatory lending practices have been a problem in New Mexico for years, in part because of our high poverty rate. Now, some local governments are offering an alternative to payday loans. Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss these programs, and whether or not they are a viable solution to helping employees avoid long-term debt.

Line Panelists:
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator

For Further Reading:

Bernalillo County Now Offering Loans to Employees, KOB-TV

Mayor’s Employee Loan Program Approved, Santa Fe New Mexican