March 8, 2019 – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office with a projected surplus this year of one billion dollars…and about the same projected for next year. At the same time, the governor has backed a tax-reform package that includes hundreds of millions of new tax dollars. And she’s tangled with counties that say she’s gone too far when it comes to gun control. NMiF producer Matt Grubs sits down with Governor Lujan Grisham for an in-depth interview about these and other issues.
March 1, 2019 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland heads to Santa Fe to explore the nexus of education and tax reform efforts. In response to a judge’s decision that New Mexico hasn’t been spending enough on its public schools, the Legislature has added nearly half a billion dollars to the budget for education. Doland speaks to Senators Peter Wirth and Gay Kernan about how lawmakers are ensuring they do more than just throw money at a problem, and how they’re making certain they can afford the changes in years when the state isn’t flush with oil money. Then she goes to Ortiz Middle School to find out what Santa Fe Public Schools expects to change after the Legislature adjourns.