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.
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