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)
Guests: Sen. George Muñoz, (D) Gallup
Sen. James White, (R) Albuquerque
Rep. Kelly Fajardo, (R) Los Lunas
New Mexico’s incentives for film and television were specifically structured to build local jobs. Productions get tax rebates for using and training local crew members. Other states allow productions to get tax credits or rebates on crew members they bring in from elsewhere. Central New Mexico Community College has been a primary source of training to fill that crew pipeline. In this episode, we speak with Jim “Grubb” Graebner, who runs the film technician training program at CNM, about how CNM is adapting and expanding its program to train more crew since Netflix has opened a production hub in Albuquerque and the state expanded its incentives. We also talk with Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice in screenwriting at the University of New Mexico. UNM recently renamed its Department of Film and Digital Arts to the Department of Cinematic Arts, which will focus on film production, gaming and animation, and criticism. UNM plans to offer classes in acting for the camera, directing, set design and construction, practical special effects and expanded coursework in screenwriting.
Guests: Jim “Grubb” Graebner, head, Film Technician Training Program, CNM
Matthew McDuffie, professor of practice, Film & Digital Arts, UNM