July 26, 2019 – With less than a month before the start of a new school year, New Mexico is once again looking for someone to lead the Department of Education. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this week that she was moving forward on her “education moonshot” without Karen Trujillo, who had only been on the job six months. A lack of communication and sense of urgency about major education reforms were cited as the reasons for her dismissal. But, Trujillo says she had no idea the Governor was unhappy with her performance. Host Gene Grant and The Line panelists break down the decision, plus the surprised reaction of many lawmakers, educators and community leaders.
Diane Denish, Former Lt. Governor
Dave Mulryan, Everybody Votes Founder
Ed Perea, Lawyer and Public Safety Expert
Diane Snyder, Former State Senator
May 31, 2019 – Among the many pieces of legislation signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after the legislative session is one designed to boost film and television production in the state. It raises the annual cap on tax incentives and pays off part of a backlog of rebates that grew under the Martinez Administration to more than $380 million dollars.
The changes come on the heels of Netflix’s opening of a major production hub at Albuquerque Studios. The bill exempts companies like Netflix from the annual cap on incentives if they buy or lease a production facility in the state for at least ten years. It also offers additional incentives for productions that film outside the Albuquerque/Santa Fe corridor.
Alicia J. Keyes is the state secretary for economic development and says the changes represent a new era for film and media production. In this episode she talks with NMiF correspondent Megan Kamerick about the future of the media industry in New Mexico.
Guest: Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development