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The Line: Tax Issues

1233 Line Tax Talk

February 15, 2019 – April 15th may be a long way off, but tax season is in full swing. At the Roundhouse, lawmakers are looking at a multitude of tax proposals, from reinstating the food tax to the removal of a tax on feminine hygiene products, known as the “tampon tax.” They’re also wrestling with the need for major tax reform. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists wind through the confusing maze of taxes in New Mexico.

Line Panelists:
Merritt Allen, owner and executive director, Vox Optima LLC
Jeffrey Candelaria, Konnection Now & host on KKOB
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law

For Further Reading:

Tax overhaul high on legislative list – by Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal

State income tax to go up for some families – by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Summing Up The Legislative Session

February 23, 2018 – The legislative session that ended last week marked the final session before a new governor takes the reins next year. Was that why the session was uncharacteristically quiet? Or did a budget surplus lead to real bipartisanship? Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate the tone of the session, look at bills that passed and failed, and predict what Governor Martinez will be remembered for most.

Line Panelists:
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP

For further reading:
Lawmakers expect veto pen will be little used – by Dan McKay, Albuquerque Journal
Sine die: Bipartisanship was buzzword but not everything was kumbaya – by Trip Jennings and Danielle Prokop, New Mexico In Depth