October 11, 2019 – This year, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a moonshot for education in New Mexico. But, in 2020, local think tank Think New Mexico wants to focus on the other end of the spectrum: our aging population. The group is proposing a slew of legislative actions that would help New Mexico retirees. Host Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look at the proposal, and weigh its impacts on a state that is ranked third in the nation for senior citizens living in poverty.
Line Panelists: Dan Foley, former NM state representative
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Andy Lyman, reporter, NM political report
Sophie Martin, attorney
October 9, 2015 – Think New Mexico, a Santa Fe-based think tank, proposed major reforms to the state’s capital outlay process this week.
Think New Mexico recommends that the legislature and governor enact legislation to create an independent Capital Outlay Planning Board. The board would include experts appointed by both the legislative and executive branches. It would combine all the infrastructure plans created by state agencies and local governments into a single comprehensive plan. Projects in the plan would be prioritized using objective criteria, and then the top priorities would go to the legislature annually for funding. Based on Oklahoma’s system, we recommend that both the legislature and governor have the power to remove projects from the list – but not to add any new ones.