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The Line: State of the State’s Economy

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May 24, 2019 – Diversifying New Mexico’s economy has been a goal for many years. But with the recent announcement that ExxonMobil anticipates pumping $64 billion dollars in economic benefits to the state over the next 40 years, it’s a hard to think of weening New Mexico off of the oil and gas industry. Still, the space tourism industry is ramping up, film and television production continues to grow more robust, and farmers are looking to branch out into new crops such as hemp. Gene Grant and the Line panelists explore many different ways to diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

Line Panelists:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
Rachel Sams, editor, Albuquerque Business First  

For Further Reading:

State looks to diversify economy, rely on ‘volatile’ oil and gas revenue less– by Matthew ReichbachNM Policical Report

State pledges $2M loan to help space company rebuild – by Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business First

The Bosses: Santa Fe has proportionally more woman-owned businesses than elsewhere, but entrepreneurs still face challenges – by Leah CantorSanta Fe Reporter  

Article mentioned by Rachel Sams:  

Hiring roundup: these space companies are hiring in ABQ – by Collin KrabbeAlbuquerque Business First 

International negotiations and the future of nuclear weapons management, racial and ethnic minorities in elected office at the beginning of the 21st century, plus The Line Panel.

NMiF: The Line Panel - national monuments

This week, New Mexico in Focus producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with Ambassador Paul Robinson. A chief negotiator for the US in nuclear talks with the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and early 90s, and a former president of Sandia National Labs, Ambassador Robinson shares his insights on international negotiations and the future of nuclear weapons management. 

Correspondent Russell Contreras talks with Christine Sierra, a Professor Emerita of Political Science at the University of New Mexico.  They discuss important discoveries covered in a recently published book she co-authored, “Contested Transformation,” on racial and ethnic minorities in elected office at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including an examination of New Mexico higher education system, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recent visit to New Mexico, and Bernalillo County’s new security camera program.

Gene Grant

Russell Contreras
Sarah Gustavus

Studio Guests:
Ambassador Paul Robinson, former head of U.S./USSR Nuclear Testing Talks, former president of Sandia National Labs
Christine Sierra, political scientist and co-author of “Contested Transformation: Race, Gender, and Political Leadership in 21st Century America”

Line Panelists:          
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief for the Albuquerque Journal
Dan Foley, former House minority whip
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of DukeCityFix.com
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM


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