January 10, 2020 – Matt Grubs (filling in this week for Gene Grant) and The Line opinion panel examine Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s budget plan for the fiscal year that starts in July. She unveiled the proposal this week, as did the Legislative Finance Committee with a slightly smaller budget plan. The 30-day legislative session begins January 21.
Line Panelists: Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
December 6, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion debate the adjustment to small school funding that will see a reduction in financial support of 20% per year until it eliminates the extra money given to small schools in larger districts. The small school allotment was part of a 40-year-old funding formula that was meant to help schools in small, rural districts, but which also had the side effect of benefitting some charter schools in urban areas. The adjustment, passed in the last legislative session, was designed to bring the funding formula back to the original law’s intent, but some schools worry they won’t be able to survive the funding cuts.
Line Panelists: Merritt Allen, Vox Optima Michael Barrio, executive director, Prosperity Works Michael Bird, public health consultant Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies and “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)