This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel take up the issue of housing, around the state and in the city of Albuquerque. The panel discusses a recent vote from Albuquerque City Council against the creation of new protections for renters, and other statewide renter-protections that have failed in the legislature. Then, our panelists talk through a series of child welfare bills moving through the Roundhouse. Gene asks if they’ll be effective in solving some of the systemic issues that have plagued New Mexico’s Children Youth and Families Department. Finally, Gene and the Line examine a series of new initiatives targeting retail crime. Gene asks if cracking down on those thefts could help start a domino effect when it comes to law enforcement overall.
New Mexico Political Correspondent Gwyneth Doland returns to the Roundhouse to shine a light on a massive, 70-page tax package. She speaks with a leading lawmaker and a tax expert to understand how the changes will impact businesses, individuals and environmental initiatives around the state.
In New Mexico, wildlife belong to the people but are managed by the state. Our Land Senior Producer Laura Paskus catches up with New Mexico Wildlife Federation Executive Director Jesse Deubel who discusses hunting authorizations, wildlife management models, food security, the New Mexico Game Commission’s “dysfunction,” and more.
Host: Gene Grant
The Line opinion panel:
Cathryn McGill, founder, director, NM Black Leadership Council
Serge Martinez, professor, UNM School of Law
H. Diane Snyder, fmr. New Mexico State Senator
Inside the Roundhouse: Understanding the Omnibus Tax Bill
Guests: St. Rep. Derrick Lente, (D) NM District 65 – Sandia Pueblo
Camilla Feibelman, director, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter
Richard Anklam, executive director, New Mexico Tax Research Institute
Is NM’s Hunting System Fair?
Correspondent: Laura Paskus
Guest: Jesse Deubel, executive director, New Mexico Wildlife Federation