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The Line: Governor Fires Secretary of Education Karen Trujillo

1304 Line Trujillo

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.

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/Watching:

State Not Able to Implement K-5 Plus Program as Effectively as Expected, Santa Fe New Mexican

Concerns Expressed over PED Shake-up, Albuquerque Journal

Lujan Grisham Ouster of Trujillo Raises Questions, New Mexico in Depth

GOP Lawmaker Seeks Hearing on PED Shake-up, Albuquerque Journal

Alicia Keyes Tells of New Era for Film and Media Production

Film Industry

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.

Alicia J. Keyes, New Mexico Secretary of Economic Development

For Further Reading:

Governor Signs Bill Lifting Film Rebate Cap – by Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal

States vying for Georgia film dollars as Hollywood threatens to leave over ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill – by Graham Vyse, Governing

Revamped Film Incentives Mean Steady Jobs For NM – by Alicia J. Keyes, Albuquerque Journal

Netflix Benefits From Changes in New Mexico’s Production Incentives – by Todd Longwell, Variety

State officials warn charging Facebook may chill economic development – by Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

Pictures Worth a Thousand Jobs: Netflix’s Blockbuster Deal with ABQ Studios is Poised to Bring Thousands of Jobs to New Mexico – by Ryan Williams MovieMaker