Senators John Arthur Smith (D) & Stuart Ingle (R)

Air Dates: February 15-17, 2020

February 13, 2020 -- This week's guests on REPORT FROM SANTA FE are Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Deming), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senator Stuart Ingle (R-Portales) Senate Minority Floor Leader, discussing critical financial issues in the 30-Day Legislative Session.

This interview provides an opportunity to hear from these influential legislators and benefit from their long experience as lawmakers. Between them, Senators Ingle and Smith have served a total of 66 years in the New Mexico Senate.

Among the red-hot topics they explore in this in-depth interview are the responsibilities that arise when dealing with New Mexico's “surplus” revenues, the importance of diversifying the state's income sources, the possibility of repealing/reducing the tax on social security benefits, and the idea of reforming our tax structure and providing an alternative to the Gross Receipts Tax.

The Senators discuss the Early Childhood Education and Care Fund (SB 3) and contrast it with House Joint Memorial (HJR 1) Permanent Funds for Early Childhood.