Senator Peter Wirth and Representative Nate Gentry

Air Dates: January 26-28, 2013

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This week's guests on REPORT FROM SANTA FE are Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe), the new Chair of the Conservation Committee in the Senate and Representative Nate Gentry (R-Bernalillo), the Minority Whip of the House. Both lawmakers are introducing exciting and interesting legislation this session, so tune in for a heads-up on important bills to watch. The lawmakers discuss bipartisanship and the changes of leadership in both houses, making this show a great introduction to this year's legislative session. Among the hot legislation introduced and discussed by Senator Wirth and Representative Gentry are: SB 13 which closes a tax loophole so that out-of-state corporations pay their fair share of taxes, HB 12 which says cash assistance benefits cannot be paid out in casinos, bars, or strip clubs, and SB 15 a transparency bill demanding disclosure of corporate campaign donors. Also examined are Gentry's anti-corruption HB 13 and Wirth's GMO food labeling proposal SB 18. --- QUOTES: “When you have a New Mexico store like Baillo’s next door to a big box, they should pay the same tax.... the governor has now made corporate tax reform part of her agenda and she wants to lower the rate and change the formula that we use, so I am encouraged that we can have a true bi-partisan discussion and broaden the tax base. When everyone pays their fair share and it broadens the base, guess what? You can lower the rates.” -- Senator Wirth “There are certainly places where you shouldn't probably be using your EBT cards and I think that everyone is under the assumption that these public assistance funds are made available for life’s necessities – food, medicine, diapers for your kids - and not for booze and strip clubs...The bill is intended to bring us into compliance with the federal law, so that we don't lose federal funds (about $6 million dollars in public assistance) for New Mexico’s most needy families.” -- Representative Gentry