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The Line: Albuquerque City Council Votes To Increase Gross Receipts Tax

March 9, 2018 – This week the Albuquerque City Council voted to increase the gross receipts tax by three-eighths of one percent in order to address a $40 million dollar deficit in the city’s budget and tackle the public safety crisis. One of Mayor Tim Keller’s campaign promises was that he would only raise taxes as a last resort, and then only after taking the issue to the city voters. But with the Council’s 8-1 vote, the decision was veto-proof, and Mayor Keller went on record saying he respects the Council’s action.
Gene Grant leads the Line panel in a discussion on the tax hike, which is set to go into effect July 1.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Inez Russell Gomez, opinion page editor for the Santa Fe New Mexican
Sophie Martin, attorney

Further reading:

Council passes tax hike on ‘difficult’ vote – by Maddy Hayden, Albuquerque Journal

Education Desk – Bilingual Education

NMiF: bilingual education

September 22, 2017 – About 15 percent of New Mexico’s student population participates in some form of bilingual education. Producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with educators to talk about what bilingual education looks like in different schools, in our latest Education Desk report.  They also examine how proposed changes to bilingual education in our state might impact students and communities.

Studio Guests:
Victoria Tafoya, Director of Operations, Dual Language Education of New Mexico
Damian Vergara Wilson, Coordinator, Sabine Ulibarri Spanish as a Heritage Language Program, UNM