Gwyneth Doland

Auditor To Governor: Move On Unspent Money

The state auditor released a report Friday showing about $4 billion is sitting around across the state unspent—but it’s unclear whether that money could help with the current budget shortfall vexing lawmakers in Santa Fe.
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Bill Would Require Details From Lobbyists

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Loving Teeth

Sat. 2/13, 9a: We'll talk about loving our teeth on The Children's Hour, just in time for Valentine's Day! February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and dental health experts will explain how to show your love for your teeth. Plus we'll celebrate Valentine's Day! Great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club and so much more, brush up and join us!
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Gwyneth Doland

The state auditor released a report Friday showing about $4 billion is sitting around across the state unspent—but it’s unclear whether that money could help with the current budget shortfall vexing lawmakers in Santa Fe.

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People, Power and Democracy is a project focusing on state government ethics and transparency.  Gwyneth Doland spoke with KUNM's Chris Boros.

BOROS: So, hey tell us what’s happening in Santa Fe?

DOLAND: Well last night we hosted a great event near the Roundhouse and we got to talk to a bunch of interesting people about money in politics.

BOROS: And was the focus on the primaries?

Bill Would Require Details From Lobbyists

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A recent poll found 89 percent of New Mexico business leaders want to know more about how lobbyists spend money to influence lawmakers.

A House committee is reviewing Democratic Rep. Jeff Steinborn’s bill that would require lobbyists to disclose exactly how much money they spend and which lawmakers are the recipients of that money. Currently, lobbyists are only required to disclose how much money they spent in all.

“Information is power,” Steinborn said. “It’s important for transparency so citizens can see who is being wined and dined, who is being given gifts.”

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New Mexico Braces For Budget Crunch Linked To Oil PricesAssociated Press

Leaders of the New Mexico Senate are urging state agencies to institute cost-saving measures and plan to rewrite a budget for next year approved by the Republican-controlled House in response to declining revenue forecasts.

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UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that New Mexico House Republicans and Senate Democrats say they have reached a compromise on a bail reform proposal.

Both sides spoke Friday at a press conference, with Republican Rep. David Adkins saying the bill crafted by Sen. Peter Wirth, a Santa Fe Democrat, is the "right piece of legislation to support."

Teen Dating Violence Prevention

Feb 11, 2016
Generation Justice

 Sun. 02/14 7p: To contrast the media’s constant portrayal of unhealthy stereotypes about relationships, love, and sex - we’re taking this Valentine’s Day and reclaiming it for empowerment. Tonight, we dedicate the hour to sharing important resources in our community. We’ll talk with ENLACE youth about teen dating violence, how they’re working to prevent it, and what healthy love looks like. We’ll also feature Kira Luna from the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico to talk about prevention, consent, and respect.

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The state House voted Tuesday to create a statewide ethics commission. But will the proposal have time to get through the Senate? There are only eight days left in the session.

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Lawmakers Calls For Freeze On State HiringAlbuquerque Journal

An influential lawmaker is calling for a freeze on hiring state workers and a ban on nonessential travel as New Mexico faces ongoing budget struggles.

Uber Bill Gets Green Light From House

Feb 10, 2016
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Ride-booking companies like Uber and Lyft exist in a legal grey area in New Mexico. But a bill that would make them official passed the House this week.

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DOE Chief Says WIPP Will Reopen This Year – Albuquerque Journal

The U.S. Energy Secretary said the government’s troubled nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico will reopen by the end of the year.

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State Budget Cuts Loom With Falling Oil Prices, Key Panel To Take Up REAL ID

New Mexico Braces For Budget Crunch Linked To Oil Prices – Associated Press Leaders of the New Mexico Senate are urging state agencies to institute cost-saving measures and plan to rewrite a budget for next year approved by the Republican-controlled House in response to declining revenue forecasts.
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ABQ Public Transportation And The Rapid Transit Plan

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 2/11 8a: The city of Albuquerque was approved for a federal grant to build a rapid transit bus system down Central Avenue. The city would also borrow $13 million to fund the project. The design would create a center lane along the corridor for buses running every 7 to 8 minutes.
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A Conversation On Money In Politics

Mistrust of government is at an all-time high. As part of our People, Power and Democracy project, Gwyneth Doland is moderating conversations between state lawmakers, policy experts, and New Mexicans to explore questions like: What reforms would increase your trust in government?
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Reuniting Fathers And Families After Incarceration

The number of people who are behind bars in America is much bigger than it was 40 years ago. In fact, it’s five times higher. That means a lot more parents are doing time, and having a record can limit people’s ability to get a job, find a place to live and provide for their kids. A local program is trying to help dads get around the obstacles and back on track with their families.
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