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The Line: Early Childhood Education Endowment

1311 Early Childhood Permanent Fund

September 13, 2019 – The push to tap New Mexico’s nearly $19 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to help pay for early childhood education programs has failed again and again at the state capitol. This year, Department of Finance and Administration Sec. Olivia Padilla-Jackson floated the idea to lawmakers at a recent meeting of creating a separate endowment to pay for early childhood learning. If the state could earmark $1 billion over the next three years, the governor’s administration estimates it could spend $50 million a year on such programs. The Line opinion panel debates the pros and cons of such a plan, and its surprising support from staunch fiscal conservative state Sen. John Arthur Smith of Deming.

Line Panelists:
Serge Martinez, UNM School of Law
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Giovanna Rossi, Collective Action Strategies
Kristelle Siarza, Siarza Social Digital

For Further Reading:
Op-ed: Early childhood education puts us on the right path – Las Cruces Sun-News

State revenues expected to soar once again – Albuquerque Journal

The Line: Santa Feans Vote No on Soda Tax and Governor Martinez Wants Tax Reform

NMiF: Tax Redux

May 5, 2017 – A record number of Santa Fe voters soundly rejected a proposed tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  With the defeat of the two-cent-per-ounce tax, the city must look to other ways to fund early childhood education programs.  And Governor Susana Martinez plans to reintroduce a tax overhaul bill when she schedules the special session she has pledged to call.

Line Panelists
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP
Mary T. Torres, attorney at Law Offices of Mary T. Torres