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New Mexico Special Session Quiz

15 Questions  I  By Sfreporter
Beginning at noon, Oct. 17, the New Mexico Legislature convenes for a “special session. ” What makes it so special? Take this quiz and find out!

  
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1.  Only one subject will be on the agenda at the special session. That is:
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2.  In order “to keep marriage equality at the forefront” of lawmakers’ minds, activists will do what at the Roundhouse on Oct. 17?
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3.  Though it may be unrealistic, Gov. Bill Richardson and top lawmakers hope to limit the special session to one day. Why?
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4.  Richardson opposes which budget-balancing measure “so we don’t hurt efforts to recruit new business”?
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5.  At a teachers’ union rally at the Roundhouse last week, state Sen. Timothy Keller, D-Bernalillo, likened what to Swiss cheese, implying that it is full of holes?
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6.  What does Richard Anklam, president of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute, call the process whereby the recession cuts down on oil production and business activity, thus reducing the amount of money lawmakers can produce through tax increases?
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7.  According to a Sept. 29 Wall Street Journal analysis, only one other state saw a bigger drop in tax revenues between 2008 and 2009 than New Mexico. That was the troubled state of:
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8.  In an Oct. 2 open letter, New Mexico House Speaker Ben Luján, D-Santa Fe, said he was “deeply disappointed” two state senators “prematurely” released information about budget cuts before the Legislature came to agreement, causing what?
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9.  In an Oct. 9 letter to Gov. Richardson, Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Jennings, D-Chavez, presented three budget-cutting scenarios “in an attempt to head off” what?
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10.  Jennings’ letter put forward three “very painful” options to address the “deepening financial crisis.” Those three options are:
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11.  Even if lawmakers fix this and next year’s budget, Jennings’ letter estimates a $322 million deficit beginning in fiscal year 2011. What does state Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, call patching the budget without finding new sources of revenue?
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12.  The Legislature’s decisions about budget cuts will affect people who don’t drive a car on state highways or have a child in a public school. Why is that?
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13.  Wirth points out that for every $1 the state cuts in Medicaid benefits, it sacrifices what?
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14.  Richardson’s initial budget proposal for next year would cut $181,500 from the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office and $122,100 from the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe. Who benefits most from a weakened judicial system?
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15.  The LFC’s “reduction scenario” for the current fiscal year calls for reducing the budget of the Workforce Solutions Department—which provides benefits to laid-off workers—by 28 percent and making up the difference with one-time federal stimulus funds. What happens if they’re wrong, the recovery takes longer than expected and the state is left without enough money to pay unemployment benefits to the additional 10,000 New Mexicans expected to be out of work?
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