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The Line Top 10 Countdown: #7 Santa Fe Soda Tax & Healthy Workforce Defeats

December 22, 2017 – Number seven on our list of the top ten stories of 2017 is two high-profile measures that failed at the polls this year – Santa Fe’s “Soda Tax” and Albuquerque’s Healthy Workforce Initiative. The tax on sugary beverages would have provided money for early childhood education in Santa Fe and the Duke City’s initiative would have made it mandatory for employers to allow employees to accrue sick leave. Gene Grant and our special panel of local journalists discuss the potential long-term impact of these votes.

Line Panelists
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal         
Matt Grubs, staff writer, Santa Fe Reporter
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican

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.

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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