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NMI writers talk budget, immigration and childhood obesity on Independent Insider Podcast #5
The New Mexico Independent’s fifth weekly podcast includes a discussion of the state budget, New Mexico’s new plan to track childhood obesity rates and the latest news on the Arizona immigration law.
New Mexico Independent senior reporter Trip Jennings joined New Mexico Independent contributing writer Larry Behrens and myself on the podcast this week.
Jennings discussed his story about the possibility of a tax expenditure report, which would detail the tax breaks and their monetary impact on that state’s coffers. Right now, the state doesn’t have a solid number on how much tax revenue is lost out on because of tax breaks and loopholes.
Both gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, support the creation of report, perhaps giving a bill mandating one a better chance of passing in the state legislature in 2011.
Behrens spoke about the increasing fears that the state could be facing an $80 million to $100 million budget gap, which could double if Congress fails to extend Medicare relief to the states.
The discussion of the Arizona immigration law included the cancellation of a border governors meeting after Mexican governors said they would boycott the meeting because of Arizona’s immigration law. The meeting was supposed to happen in Arizona. However, Gov. Bill Richardson’s office told the New York Times that Arizona governor Jan Brewer doesn’t have the authority to cancel the meeting and said that they would look for alternative venues.