Matt Grubs from New Mexico PBS breaks down the decision by the house to table House Bills 29 and 77. The bills would provide a tax break to all New Mexican’s who receive social security benefits. He explains what happens with those bills and talks about the future of the opportunity scholarship.
January 24, 2020 – State lawmakers have extra revenue coming in this year, but there’s a familiar struggle playing out. Some see the full purse as an opportunity to fund new programs that aim to fix stubborn problems. Others take a more cautious approach. And it isn’t just Republicans vs. Democrats. Plus, is a new task force aimed at helping vulnerable children squandering public support by conducting secret meetings? Even some of the task force members haven’t been allowed to attend.
This week at the Roundhouse correspondent Gwyneth Doland talks to lawmakers about the governor’s proposals and their reactions. (This segment is part of our #YourNMGov project, in collaboration with KUNM radio and the Santa Fe Reporter, and funded by the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund)
Sen. George Muñoz, (D) Gallup
Sen. James White, (R) Albuquerque
Rep. Kelly Fajardo, (R) Los Lunas
For Further Reading/Watching:
Lawmakers Have 30 Days to Craft State Budget, Legalize Pot — Associated Press
Legislators Question New Scholarship Plan — <Albuquerque Journal
Free College for All In New Mexico —Inside Higher Ed
Why New Mexico’s “Free College Plan Will Likely Backfire — The Heritage Foundation
Sweeping Changes Proposed for NM Pensions — Dan McKay
Op-Ed: Task Force Wants to Break Pensions’ COLA Promise — Albuquerque Journal