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Governor and Legislative Panel Each Reveal Budgets | The Line

1328 Line Budget Plans

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

For More Information:
‘Investing for Tomorrow and Delivering Today’Albuquerque Journal

Gov. Lujan Grisham Releases $7.68B Budget ProposalKRQE-TV

Governor’s Budget Recommendation Would Boost Spending by 8%Santa Fe New Mexican

Executive BudgetOffice of the Governor

Lawmakers Propose Smaller Spending Increases for Tuition, Early Childhood ProgramsSanta Fe New Mexican

Small Schools Feel First Funding Cuts | The Line

1323 Line Small Schools Funding

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)  

Earlier Articles for Further Reading:

Charters face cut in state funding – The Albuquerque Journal