There are some important nuggets here, but you have to comb through a lot of chatter. Read on!
Retake Our Democracy Zoominar: Senators Mimi Stewart and Peter Wirth, and Rep. Brian Egolf
Dec. 1, 2020
Transcript of Chat
18:33:31 From Sarah Manning : Paul and Roxanne, So glad you are hosting this conversation. Sarah From Alliance for Local Prosperity – New Mexico’s Public Bank Think Tank
18:33:57 From Frances Gonzales to All panelists : Hello everyone from Grant County! Congratulations on your nomination Senator MiMi Stewart!
18:34:30 From Claudia Risner to All panelists : Hi, this is such a welcome zoom event. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you have planned. Claudia
18:34:43 From Sharla Parsons to All panelists : Thank you all so much for being here to brief us! This is very exciting.
18:34:47 From Athena Christodoulou : Yes, thank you everyone: Athena from Adelante Progressive Caucus
18:34:54 From rainy Upton : rainy upton wants to be an advocate
18:35:16 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : Chat history can’t be seen if you joined later, I believe – can you post that information again?
18:35:20 From Maya van Rossum to All panelists : Can you pls repost the links – if you got on a minute late *(which i did) the start of the chat does not come up so the links are lost. thx
18:35:21 From William Orr to All panelists : Don’t see post that Roxanne mentioned
18:35:35 From Saraswati Khalsa : Yes, I will make sure links get posted again.
18:35:54 From rainy Upton : Navajo Nation needs gloves and masks. can call 4666522 True Value Hardware..truck will drive out there.
18:35:54 From Lonnie Rowell : Thanks to Roxanne & Paul for your fine leadership in facilitating these critically important dialogues.
18:35:58 From Cheryl Harris : Roxanne, if you posted those links at the very beginning, people only get the chat created after they log on. You may want to repost the links.
18:36:00 From Paul Gibson & Roxanne Barber:
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18:36:09 From rainy Upton : Hey Harold!
18:36:33 From Harold Pope Jr. : Hello Rainy!
18:37:04 From Frances Gonzales to All panelists : Please become a member of the Adelante Progressive Caucus. Go to adelantecaucus.org.
18:37:08 From Bill Bright to All panelists : Bill Bright, Chair Sustainable Gallup Board: we are presenting a resolution to city council in support of The Think NM predatory lending interest cap. Hope you will all support this bill.
18:37:19 From Lynette Kessler to All panelists : The sound is a bit intermittent – is it happening for others?
18:37:31 From Saraswati Khalsa to Estelle Berger and all panelists : Hi Estelle. I see your hand is raised. Do you need help with something?
18:37:41 From Elene Gusch to All panelists : Actually in the current format we only can get gallery view (which is fine)
18:38:28 From Estelle Berger to All panelists : Oops, must have hit the hand by mistake. Carry on as if nothing happened. 🙂
18:38:40 From Saraswati Khalsa to Estelle Berger and all panelists : Thanks 🙂
18:39:10 From rainy Upton : Many many years, indeed!
18:39:26 From Saraswati Khalsa to Lizz Taylor and all panelists : Hi Lizz. I see your hand is raised. Can I help with anything?
18:40:29 From Saraswati Khalsa : Shout out to Seia!
18:40:59 From Linda Lopez : It is wonderful to have more women to join us in the NM State Senate!
18:41:30 From rainy Upton : Hey, Linda Lopez! Glad you are here
18:41:41 From Richard Mason to All panelists : Brenda McKenna long time League of Women Voters member
18:42:07 From Cheryl Harris : yea ABQ West side!!
18:42:24 From Cornelia Lange : Fearless Mimi, just fearless. Bravo!
18:42:36 From Frances Gonzales to All panelists : Adelante Progressive Caucus meets Thursday, December 3rd, 6 pm. Go to website to get zoom address. Senator Jerry Ortiz y Limo is our speaker. Website: adelantecaucus.org.
18:42:44 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Congrats to Katy Duhigg for the hard work to take over Gould’s seat – District 10 is so happy!
18:42:55 From Claudia Risner : A net gain of 1, but a larger true voting gain.
18:43:14 From Tiffany Stevens to All panelists : “WE” the volunteers and the organizations who worked made that happen!
18:43:18 From Harold Pope Jr. : Hi Senator Lopez and Hi Cheryl…yes Westside all the Way!
18:43:23 From Siah Correa Hemphill to All panelists : Thanks so much for organizing these informative Zoom events! It’s an honor to be part of this movement and grateful for the efforts of so many who helped with all these important races.
18:44:45 From Paul Gibson & Roxanne Barber to Siah Correa Hemphill and all panelists : Thanks, Siah. Glad you could join us!
18:44:45 From Linda Lopez : Hi Senator-Elect Harold Pope! Westside is BluE!!
18:44:54 From Sandra Stulberg to All panelists : folks on the floor need to wear their masks properly.
18:45:13 From rainy Upton : Michael Padilla and Miguel Garcia are both there too.
18:47:29 From Kelly Orndorff to All panelists : Perhaps this is a silver lining–those of us in rural areas can participate virtually.
18:48:04 From Cornelia Lange : Opening up the committees to online participation is huge,
18:49:15 From Paul Stokes to All panelists : When will committee assignments be made?
18:49:28 From Claudia Risner : For me the fun stuff will be getting bills passed that are long overdue and so critical to transforming NM to where we need to be.
18:49:40 From rainy Upton : If gov leaves, Howie moves UP/ how would the new lt. gov. be selected ?
18:49:52 From Cheryl Hastings : Hello Siah
18:50:09 From Saraswati Khalsa : Rainy, please be sure to ask your critical questions in the Q and A.
18:50:16 From Saraswati Khalsa : Panelists won’t see your questions here.
18:50:21 From rainy Upton : OK!
18:50:29 From Siah Correa Hemphill : Hi Cheryl and everyone! I’m grateful for these informative zoom events.
18:50:44 From Saraswati Khalsa to Paul Stokes and all panelists : Please ask that questions in Q and A so panelists will see it!
18:51:01 From Harold Pope Jr. : Blue all the way Senator Lopez!
18:51:16 From Lisa Christopherson to All panelists : hello to Claudia!! thank you for running!!! ✊🏾
18:51:35 From Lisa Christopherson : hello to Claudia!! thank you for running!!! ✊🏾
18:51:52 From Claudia Risner : Thanks Lisa 🙂
18:51:59 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Thank you so much for all your efforts! Thrilling senate composition now.
Do you think this session will see passed:
A public bank?
A carbon-neutral goal for the state of New Mexico?
Broadband regulated more like a utility?
If the answer to any is “no,” what are the biggest obstacles and how can we help you best?
18:52:18 From Linda Lopez : Hi Senator-Elect Siah Correa Hemphill!
18:52:25 From Jay Levine : Hi Puck!
18:52:39 From Harold Pope Jr. : Hello Jay and Puck!
18:52:42 From Saraswati Khalsa to Rebecca Puck Stair and all panelists : Rebecca, please do ask your great questions in the q and a so the panelists will see them.
18:52:43 From Siah Correa Hemphill : Hi Senator Lopez! So happy to “see” you here!
18:52:50 From Tiffany Stevens to All panelists : This is a New Mexican thing, we need to stop thinking it’s only SF and Abq.
18:52:53 From Charles Goodmacher : New Mexico is blessed to have such great leadership (including those in leadership not present on this call/event)! Thanks for serving and thanks to activists for moving the legislature as a whole to the liberal/progressive side of the spectrum (as the voters want).
18:53:20 From Sarah Manning : please ask questions in the Q & A not chat – thanks!
18:53:34 From Cheryl Harris : yes Charles!!
18:53:50 From Siah Correa Hemphill : Thank you Charles, for all your hard work and help!
18:53:56 From Jay Levine : Finance needs new blood!
18:54:12 From Saraswati Khalsa : Hear Hear
18:54:17 From rainy Upton : My question at the last zoom with some of these foks/ Who would head the finance committee.
18:54:33 From rainy Upton : Finance needs a strong leader.
18:54:48 From Greg Corning : @rainy Upton – got to ask in the Q&A app.
18:54:49 From Morning Hegranes to All panelists : Hey Mr. Speaker — Gene says you’re looking good.
18:54:50 From Rebecca Puck Stair : (Hi Jay!! Wonderful to “see” you. And Claudia, Nili, Saraswati, Sarah, Rainy, Charles, and Senators Lopez, Hemphill, Pope! What an amazing group tonight.)
18:55:01 From Bruce Roach : Thanks to all candidates for joining this meeting. We appreciate your running.
18:55:03 From Jade Gordon : in these challenging times, I’m grateful to her
18:55:04 From Margaret Elliston to All panelists : Congratulations to our Legislative leaders. So glad there is a happy caucus! we look forward to working together to move NM forward!
18:55:17 From Siah Correa Hemphill : Hi Rebecca!
18:55:17 From rainy Upton : I did ask in Q and A…wanted some of you to be thinking about that crucial decision.
18:55:26 From Claudia Risner : Hey Puck!
18:55:52 From Saraswati Khalsa to Emily Antle and all panelists : Hi Emily. I see your hand up. Can I help you?
18:56:00 From rainy Upton : Hey Rebecca!
18:56:26 From Jay Levine : Let’s move some of those reserves to a NM State Bank!
18:56:44 From Richard Mason to All panelists : Congrats to the Legislature & Governor for helping New Mexicans in these trying times
18:56:52 From rainy Upton : Jay, GREAT idea
18:57:01 From Lisa Christopherson : legalize cannabis already for new revenue!!
18:57:03 From Daniel Marzec to All panelists : Yay Rep. Jim Trujillo!
18:57:08 From Jade Gordon : It’s great to hear the enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, hopefulness from you all.
18:57:23 From rainy Upton : Pay legislators/ reduce the power of lobbyists
18:57:31 From Charles Goodmacher : YES!! Diversify Revenues and restore the cuts that did not help New Mexico!!!
18:57:46 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Rainy, yes!
18:58:44 From Athena Christodoulou : Film and space industry in Albuquerque already helping diversification.
18:58:46 From rainy Upton : People who are unable to run due to financial limitations would perhaps be able to run/to win and to work with the House and Senate.
18:59:04 From Claudia Risner : Agree Rainy, NM is the LAST state in the US to not pay legislators. There is a reason the other states pay their legislators.
18:59:11 From Esther Kovari to All panelists : $2B rainy day fund needs to be used to open the NM Public Bank. No need to spend any permanent fund monies. Just loan it to ourselves at 2% to fund the NM New Deal and finally end poverty violence and addiction in the Land of Enchantment
18:59:23 From Jay Levine : Agree Rainy! And younger people!
18:59:36 From rainy Upton : Claudia, and we hope to no longer be 50th in yet another area…LOL
18:59:47 From Esther Kovari : $2B rainy day fund needs to be used to open the NM Public Bank. No need to spend any permanent fund monies. Just loan it to ourselves at 2% to fund the NM New Deal and finally end poverty violence and addiction in the Land of Enchantment
19:00:20 From Saraswati Khalsa : Well said Esther!
19:00:26 From Rich Weiner : We should get back to the progressivity we had prior to 2003. The 2003 tax cuts devastated our revenue stream and did not do anything for our economy.
19:00:27 From Kathy Wooten : Yes, Esther!
19:00:43 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Yes, Esther. Time for a “Turquoise New Deal.”
19:00:49 From Charles Goodmacher : Rich – yes.
19:00:55 From Terry Storch to All panelists : If anyone in the chat room has reference number to the 2017 tax bill Sen Wirth spoke of, can you please post? thanks
19:00:57 From Karen Keeney to All panelists : Nice, Esther!!
19:01:16 From Dave Wheelock to All panelists : More support here for the New Mexico Public Bank.
19:01:19 From rainy Upton : Turquoise new deal/ unique and needed
19:01:46 From Sarah Manning : Yes, Esther – don’t forget that increasing the amount of funding for local business thru a Public Bank will increase state, county and city revenues as businesses thrive.
19:02:21 From Ralph Wrons to All panelists : The House Democrats defeated their own Community Solar Act in 2020 regular session, not even giving it a chance in the Senate, so we still have to keep track of the House
19:02:25 From Cheryl Harris : It’s trickle down that coud really work. Helps local banks and credit unions too
19:02:31 From Dave Wheelock to All panelists : Progressive tax reform will also bring revenue relief.
19:02:40 From Cheryl Harris : could
19:03:48 From Cornelia Lange : Britaney Barreras will be a breath of fresh air, I believe.
19:04:33 From Charles Goodmacher : Legalize and lots of folks will be in the “happy caucus”
19:04:39 From Cristy Holden : Yes, Kristina Ortez. Great candidate and will be a remarkable House member.
19:04:54 From Martin Hickey : Thank you all for your chat insights; helpful for a new legislator
19:04:56 From Sharla Parsons : So exciting, indeed!!
19:05:43 From Brian Colón : I always try to find myself in your presence 🙂
19:05:59 From rainy Upton : Mimi, we used to do that in Eldorado / got hundreds! let’s talk!
19:06:14 From rainy Upton : congrats to Linda Lopez!
19:06:48 From rainy Upton : Hey, Brian Colon..glad you are here
19:06:49 From Tiffany Stevens to All panelists : I’m one of you constituents and I have not received any invitation to your townhalls. Ward 19B
19:07:08 From Maggie Werner Washburne to All panelists : Thank you to all the Legislators for working so hard for our state. It’s a big job and I’m grateful for your service for all of us.
19:07:45 From Richard Mason : League of Women Votersis doing another advocacy workshop this Saturday, Check http://www.lwvnm.org
19:08:01 From Joy Garratt to All panelists : I personally would like to see more Democrats living in R districts talk to their R legislators.
19:08:02 From David Thompson : I think Puck’s question (6:51pm) is quite apt. We want to (finally) see the legislature take some major steps forward, and that’ll take support for our legislators from the grassroots.
19:08:26 From Carl Peterson to All panelists : Athena …what about your Senator? …maybe we should plan a meeting??
19:08:37 From Brian Colón : So honored to serve with this leadership team. The 112 will be more impactful than ever and yes Paul, “transformational” in their work and legislation! Bravo!
19:08:41 From Saraswati Khalsa : Joy, yes, it’s important to reach out and make Democratic voices heard.
19:08:57 From Linda Lopez : Thx Sen. Wirth for shout-out! Thx Rainy! The virtual meetings have actually allowed more people to participate from different parts of our state! Bernalillo County Dem Party will also have a Zoom meeting this Saturday with westside legislators and our Ward/Precinct leaders!
19:09:02 From rainy Upton : Early Childhood is crucial
19:10:46 From Claudia Risner : To the point of constituents contacting their Rep/Sen….there are certain districts with elected officials who are not accessible to Dems. What’s an effective strategy for Dems who live in these districts to feel like they have a voice? What/who is their conduit to the Roundhouse?
19:11:01 From Siah Correa Hemphill : I agree, Senator Lopez! The virtual meeting are particularly helpful to people in southwest rural New Mexico. It’s allowed so many more people to be more involved.
19:11:10 From rainy Upton : Bill Soules said as chair of the Senate Ed. committee/ the single best investment for any legislature , town, city- / studies have shown this to be true…
19:11:57 From Jay Levine : Health Security Act, financial analysis is complete. It looks great!
19:12:00 From Sharon Argenbright : Roxanne & Pauls Thank you for promoting far reaching representation of all our peeps across the state and exposure of our legislators to all New Mexicans
19:12:11 From Harold Pope Jr. : I ran on tapping into the Permanent Fund to fund Early Child Education and it needs to happen.
19:12:37 From Martin Hickey : Agree with Harold!!
19:12:44 From Saraswati Khalsa : Thank you Harold Pope! Lets make it happen.
19:12:49 From rainy Upton : Having Mimi and Linda in leadership roles will help all of us to make Early Childhood a top priority
19:13:21 From rainy Upton : Wow…add Harold’s name to the group with linda and Mimi
19:14:05 From rainy Upton : Egolf has been strong in the Early Childhood area
19:14:19 From Linda Lopez : With our new Senate colleagues, the Joint Resolution on Early Childhood will pass!
19:14:46 From rainy Upton : I like the positive thoughts and feelings.
19:14:49 From Cris Barnes to All panelists : The “rocket docket” worked well in 2017!
19:14:50 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : The pandemic has shown how poorly this country has dealt with the health of its citizens… I hope that NM can pass the HSA to better provide on the state level. We need this!
19:15:59 From Kathryn Ugoretz to All panelists : Health Security Act is crucial for New Mexicans! Creating healthy families will support better educational outcomes too
19:16:07 From Athena Christodoulou : Yes! We need to stop privatizing benefits and socializing costs.
19:16:13 From Brian Colón : Excellent point on YES on 1 & 2, Mr. Speaker. It was a very heavy lift with tremendous support from a powerful exec branch. We are ready to work!
19:16:25 From Antoinette Sedillo Lopez to All panelists : Yes!
19:17:02 From Linda Lopez : Yes to environmental remediation
19:17:16 From Ester Griego to All panelists : Would like to hear Mimi’s thoughts about the Health Security Bill
19:17:31 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Athena, well said. And what if we regard government not as “big” or “small” but as the primary *investor* in our community?
19:17:40 From Athena Christodoulou : But mainly need to continue addressing Green House gas emmisions from fossil fuels. ETA got us only partway!
19:18:02 From Claudia Risner : Agree Athena and Puck
19:19:29 From Athena Christodoulou : Can it be dealt with by PRC?
19:19:42 From Kathy Wooten : The ETA desperately needs to be cleaned up. The loopholes are unconsionable
19:19:58 From rainy Upton : I do not want to give up our right to vote / we got too used to that over the past 4 years..Joe Maestas is great..
19:20:16 From Joyce Bogosian to All panelists : Simply take a gander at Retake Our Democracy’s list of 15 urgent, priority bills that iare important and crucial for passage by our legislators.
19:21:00 From Athena Christodoulou : Sounds like ETA amendment only addresses $$, not RPS.
19:21:02 From Saraswati Khalsa : Yes, but ETA contains a poison pill and foists all the costs of dirty fossil fuel cleanup onto ratepayers instead of the shareholders of PNM.
19:21:06 From Carl Peterson to All panelists : Yes! Mr. Speaker
19:21:16 From Saraswati Khalsa : That part can be changed without losing the RPS.
19:21:22 From Ralph Wrons to All panelists : Sorry Senator Wirth, the 2019 ETA was not a compromise bill, to the best of my knowledge. The bill was introduced, no amendments were accepted by the Sponsors,
19:22:22 From Tiffany Stevens : Wahoo Community Solar!!
19:22:43 From Cristy Holden : NM is actually around no. 16 nationwide in renewables. Texas is getting all the huge projects for solar, wind and battery storage.
19:22:45 From Claudia Risner : Local Choice Energy and Community Solar are two separate bills.
19:23:21 From rainy Upton : Yes, Claudia/ agree different bills
19:23:42 From Mary Anne Reilly to All panelists : Yes to broadband-related initiatives.
19:24:09 From Saraswati Khalsa : Local choice is about municipalities and cities being able to form their own utilities and buy power. Community solar is about groups being able to put up arrays and people can subscribe for their power.
19:24:22 From Athena Christodoulou : Need to really start to use at other carbon sources and address them like automobiles
19:24:37 From rainy Upton : I love that bill Paul
19:25:09 From Athena Christodoulou : It would help with other environmental issues.
19:25:11 From Sharla Parsons : Resolution supporting the Green Amendment is being voted upon by the SCC next week. Already passed by the State Platform Committee. 🙂
19:25:30 From Jay Levine : New Mexico can and should be 100% (or close to it) renewable by 2030. That would be great for everyone’s electric bill, for our air and water. and would actually make human survival possible. While the RPS in the ETA is one of the highest in the nation. It is woefully inadequate. Let’s get going to New Mexico!
19:25:31 From William Orr to All panelists : But that statement in the constitution has real loopholes. Good to hear your support, Mimi
19:25:37 From rainy Upton : Sharla, thanks for that information!!!!
19:25:52 From Linda Lopez : The Green Amendment will help communities such as my community that has superfund sites
19:26:11 From Rich Weiner : Sharla, when is the SCC meeting? I haven’t gotten notice of it yet, and I’m on the SCC.
19:26:22 From Ralph Wrons to All panelists : Sen Stewart: “We’re going to be messing with the Green Amendment language” Hmmmm?
19:26:40 From Jay Levine : SCC voting starts on Dec 7.
19:27:03 From Jay Levine : There won’t be an SCC meeting, just voting.
19:27:46 From Cristy Holden : Utility-scale solar and wind and battery is 100X more effective from a perspective of least cost and most rapid deployment to combat emissions and climate change. These depend on transmission, and that is where focus is needed.
19:28:12 From Saraswati Khalsa : Thank you Cristy. We need something more than tinkering around the edges with the rules.
19:28:17 From Maya van Rossum to All panelists : Art XX Section 21 actually does not recognize environmental rights, it talks about the values of a healthy environment and then says the legislators should pass environmental laws, but when government acts in a way that is damaging to the environment the only option for the citizens is to elect new people to office. That is different than protecting environmental rights as an inalienable fundamental right.
19:28:58 From Athena Christodoulou : I would love to help with the climate omnibus bill…hint, hint
19:29:17 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : We need to have LANL produce a Site Wide Environmental Impact Statement
19:29:34 From Brian Colón : Someone break it to him gently…we are in December now 🙂
19:29:53 From Cheryl Harris : help GM go all electric LOL by passing credits for electric vehicle purchase. And what about Tesla being allowed to sell in our state?
19:30:04 From Paul Gibson & Roxanne Barber to Brian Colón and all panelists : Ha-ha! I didn’t want to embarrass him!
19:30:24 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : We need to demand help with legacy waste before going ahead with the Los Alamos Plutonium Bomb Factory
19:30:45 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Speaker Egolf, that bill sounds wonderful. Thank you.
19:30:59 From Sharon Argenbright : Can you tell people what you believe are ETA sticking points, why is NEE so darn adamant about blocking ETA?
19:31:28 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : The Navajo Nation in NM has at least 1,000 uranium mines to deal with
19:31:57 From Gary Sims to All panelists : incentifying electric car purchases is good but efforts to build the infrastructure both in public and private areas is first. Build it and they will come
19:32:18 From rainy Upton : Public Bank/ Springer Yrs ago, Mr. Egolf…remember?
19:32:22 From Cheryl Harris : We aren’t greedy but we want all the good stuff passed.
19:32:29 From Saraswati Khalsa : Sharon Argenbright, NEE does not want to block the ETA. NEE wants to get rid of the provisions in the ETA that were snuck in there by PNM to make ratepayers pay for all their dirty fossil fuel cleanup. Billions of dollars.
19:32:33 From rainy Upton : N D has that bank
19:32:53 From Saraswati Khalsa : They want ratepayers to pay for all their coal, gas and nuclear cleanup and decommissioning.
19:33:07 From Saraswati Khalsa : Those parts can be amended without threatening the RPS.
19:33:19 From Lonnie Rowell : Lots of discussion is good, but we need ACTION. Discussion should be focused and time-limited. Emphasis should be on a major, major push for action. No business as usual at this time!!!
19:33:26 From Claudia Risner : Public bank is a state bank, not a retail community bank. A public bank backs/supports community banks and credit unions.
19:33:28 From Rebecca Puck Stair : In NM, for one, our state bank could insure loans on tribal land. Lack of access to capital has severely handicapped development and business on tribal land.
19:33:31 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : Let’s be sure to email Sen. Stewart information about why state banks are good and necessary!
19:33:31 From Charles Goodmacher : It darn well should!!!
19:34:00 From rainy Upton : Paid sick leave/ YES
19:34:04 From Linda Lopez : Paid sick leave yes!
19:34:18 From rainy Upton : Essential Workers/ that was 7 hours of hell
19:34:25 From Linda Lopez : decriminalize abortion YES!
19:34:36 From Gary Sims to All panelists : paid sick leave – yes. but it needs to be reasonably set with future goals
19:34:39 From rainy Upton : Paid sick leave
19:35:16 From Esther Kovari : What does a “good” Paid Sick Leave bill look like?
19:35:16 From LINDA Harris to All panelists : Eessential workers yes.
19:35:28 From Lonnie Rowell : Do an ‘Omnibus Transformative Actions Bill.’ Time to be bold and think outside the box!!
19:35:38 From rainy Upton : Educators in PA and most states have had it for forever
19:35:43 From Linda Lopez : Anti Institutionalized Racism bill will pass!
19:35:58 From Siah Correa Hemphill : We Freshmen are so excited too!
19:36:06 From rainy Upton : 10 days sick leave/yr/ if not used they accumulate in following years.
19:36:07 From Richard Barish to All panelists : This is a great conversation! It is making me really excited for this session!
19:36:09 From Ron Flax-Davidson to All panelists : I don’t agree with everything the panelists say and do, but it is very refreshing and hopeful to see such a mature, responsible, and engaged group. Thank you,
19:36:27 From Estelle Berger : Yay Siah!
19:36:30 From Charles Goodmacher : Yep – time for the anti-institutional racism Lopez bill to pass too. Thanks again everyone!
19:36:30 From Antoinette Sedillo Lopez to All panelists : And we are so excited about the Freshmen!
19:36:41 From Sonya Berg to All panelists : Thank you so much for this forum.
19:36:43 From Felice Garcia to All panelists : Thank you Senator Lopez for being fierce.
19:37:04 From rainy Upton : Charles, are you in the list for Biden’s cabinet?
19:37:32 From Sandra Stulberg to All panelists : there was a lot of behind the scenes work to align these stars
19:37:32 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Go for it – lets make the most of this opportunity
19:37:36 From Sarah Manning : FDIC INSRUANCE
19:38:00 From Janet Wallet-Ortiz to All panelists : Siah, so glad you were in on this! You must be so excited that it seems the wind will be behind the dems to push the good bills forward!
19:38:08 From Matthew Runnels to All panelists : thank you all for your service!!!!
19:38:26 From LINDA Harris to All panelists : Great format. Thank you all. Linda Harris, Las Cruces
19:38:34 From Cheryl Harris : We will be meeting with all you SEnators and maybe Reps too, in local SD/HD gwogaphic zooms soon!
19:38:50 From Cheryl Harris : geographic
19:39:37 From Gloria Lehmer to All panelists : I am feeling very hopeful after listening!. Here in San Juan County, my main concerns are clean air, water, land; healthcare, and police accountability.
19:40:12 From Maya van Rossum to All panelists : The Green Amendment would provide powerful protection for water – addressing quality, quantity and access issues.
19:40:28 From Joy Garratt to All panelists : Angelica Rubio is submitting a paid sick leave bill.
19:40:31 From Marjorie Luckey to All panelists : why can’t I see more than my and one other questions?
19:41:00 From Greg Corning : Acequias set a good example for user-managed water.
19:41:23 From Maggie Werner Washburne to All panelists : We don’t know how many questions there are, so don’t worry about what you cover.
19:41:28 From Tiffany Stevens : Yes, we will Cherly! I look forward to meeting with my representative, Senator Stewart.
19:41:36 From Patty Kuning to All panelists : We put our question in the Q&A as requested at the beginning of the meeting. Is anyone looking at it?
19:41:38 From Saraswati Khalsa : Marjorie, only panelists can view the Q and A.
19:41:45 From Saraswati Khalsa : There are 63 open questions so far!
19:41:54 From Sarah Manning : only covers deposits from individuals – Public Bank is a Bankers Bank and will not accept deposits from individuals. The bank will be backed by the State of New Mexico.
19:41:56 From Patty Kuning to All panelists : Thanks
19:42:06 From rainy Upton : Bezos coming big time/ ABQ in a year
19:42:09 From Brian Colón : The Speaker has done a tremendous job with that dialogue relating to job creation and economic development. Pre-COVID19, he was traveling the state with great success. New approach and it was VERY impactful.
19:42:24 From Brian Colón : “The first mile is free” (Spaceport America)
19:42:46 From Claudia Risner : Rural NM Moonshot!!! I want to learn more about this.
19:42:52 From rainy Upton : Amazon coming to aBQ 800 jobs at least
19:43:17 From Jay Levine : Protect our rural water. Don’t let SF & ABQ take our water.
19:43:24 From Charles Goodmacher : Yes, Education! Thanks Madame President!
19:43:26 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Also, rural NM could sell carbon credits and generate/sell solar and wind power to other states.
19:43:33 From Cheryl Harris : tourism seems to have been short changed in recent years
19:43:54 From Saraswati Khalsa : Yes, Rebecca! Great idea.
19:44:19 From rainy Upton : thumbs up to Rebecca
19:44:42 From Kelly Orndorff to All panelists : Thanks for that quote Brian Egolf. Love it.
19:44:50 From Elene Gusch : What is RPS?
19:45:04 From Saraswati Khalsa : RPS is Renewable Portfolio Standard
19:45:06 From Jay Levine : RPS = renewable portfolio standard
19:45:07 From Claudia Risner : Renewable Portfolio Standards
19:45:23 From Jay Levine : It’s about a minimum amount of renewables that electric utilities are required to meet.
19:46:04 From Athena Christodoulou : The Oil and gas industry poses a BIG Green house gas emission problem not addressed by RPS, but with carbon emission caps might get them to stop wasting it.
19:46:04 From Saraswati Khalsa : We can’t eat money.
19:46:08 From Jay Levine : End oil & gas extraction by 2025.
19:46:16 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : Thank you Jay
19:46:30 From George and Dee Gamble to All panelists : There could be new money if we had a public bank.
19:46:31 From Ralph Wrons : Good points Speaker Egolf
19:46:36 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : Will the State Legislature demand a Site Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Plutonium Bomb Factory in Los Alamos?
19:46:49 From Jay Levine : Humans being born today won’t have a future unless we act! NOW!
19:46:50 From Ron Flax-Davidson to All panelists : RPS=Renewable Portfolio Standard. In New Mexico requires utilities to generate 100% of their electricity from carbon free sources by 2045, with lower percentages in earlier years.
19:47:02 From Elizabeth West : All this will work better when there is coordination with improving educational opportunities — I’m so glad that Sen. Stewart included this component.
19:47:09 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : Will the State Legislature demand the Federal Government clean up the 1,000 plus abandoned uranium mines opened on the Navajo Reservation?
19:47:11 From Sarah Manning : A paid legislature is critical!
19:47:17 From Athena Christodoulou : Yep, we need to prevent the calamity that takes out humanity
19:47:24 From Brian Colón : YES!!!! Overdue. Fair wages for New Mexicans and our legislators. The PEOPLE have to say YES!
19:47:43 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : Will the State Legislature demand that NM not become ther repository of more nuclear waste from the other states and now from other countries?
19:47:47 From Sharla Parsons : Yes!! 🙂 It will take a huge organized effort but we CAN do it!
19:47:49 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Aren’t we the last state to have a volunteer legislature?
19:48:05 From Tiffany Stevens : Paid legislation needs to come from the people. I’m 100% supportive
19:48:06 From Claudia Risner : NM is the ONLY state left with an unpaid legislature.
19:48:08 From Marjorie Luckey to All panelists : Someone questioned “raising taxes”, but you may not realize that NM has one of the most regressive and unfair tax systems in the country ie poor people are paying a much higher proportion of their $ in taxes than the wealthy. and the issue is repealing tax-cuts that were given to the wealthy and corporations- not new taxes.
19:48:28 From Kathleen Burke : Halt Holtec now
19:48:31 From rainy Upton : Paid Legislators = A+
19:48:35 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : You pronounced my name correctly, Paul
19:48:47 From Michael Di Biase : Yes, affluence can’t be a prerequisite for legislature participation.
19:48:54 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : Thank you
19:48:57 From Cheryl Harris : Which groups would fight an amendment for a paid legislature? Tea Party R’s? Others?
19:49:34 From Bill Tiwald to All panelists : Rep Egolf, let’s not lay down on this
19:49:39 From Athena Christodoulou : Letting other states “temporarily” deposit nuclear waste in our state will mean out of sight out of mind for them. Then we need to talk to the FEDS!
19:49:42 From David Thompson : could probably regulate transportation to the repository.
19:49:45 From Jeffrey Silesky to All panelists : Our senator elect Brenda McKenna, district 9 was picked as caucus chair. What is this job description and what (if any) implications does this have for her constituents?
19:49:48 From Cheryl Hastings : Pay Legislators!
19:49:49 From Sean Knight to All panelists : Santa Fe got WIPP route built
19:49:55 From Dave Wheelock : Tongue in cheek: if everyone else pays (some of) them, why not The People?
19:49:59 From rainy Upton : As Claudia noted – NM is only state left with unpaid legislature ! Let’s change that
19:50:02 From Ron Flax-Davidson to All panelists : The legislature should pass a bill making nuclear waste disposal in New Mexico illegal. Make the U.S. Supreme Court rule against us!
19:50:17 From Brian Colón : As an FYI…The Office of the State Auditor reviewed process recently and the Speaker speaks the truth. We were unable to find any true gaps in process. (HOLTEC)
19:50:21 From Kathleen Burke : Municipalities must stop transport of nuclear waste through their locales. New Mexico is not a Sacrifice Zone for the U.S.
19:50:36 From rainy Upton : My question too/ Colon?
19:50:44 From Kathy Wooten : maybe the elected representatives can’t stop it, but maybe the PEOPLE can. Look at our Indigenous communities who never give up. Years and years of constant, committed opposition.
19:51:26 From rainy Upton : HOW?
19:51:56 From Saraswati Khalsa to Shelley Cohen and all panelists : Hi Shelley. I see your hand up. Can I help you?
19:52:11 From rainy Upton : HUGE
19:52:14 From Saraswati Khalsa to kathleen omalley and all panelists : Hi Kathleen. I see your hand up. Can I help you?
19:52:16 From Kelly Orndorff to All panelists : Yay — Roxanne Barber for Lt. Gov. 🙂
19:52:17 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Roxanne – you are far from retired!
19:53:04 From rainy Upton : Who are Howie’s buddies?
19:53:25 From Brian Colón : Dr. Morales is always ready to lead. His legislative experience and expertise in education (Pres-elect Sen. Stewart) would serve NM well on the 4th Floor.
19:54:06 From rainy Upton : Is MIMI a buddy of Howies? Brian
19:54:27 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Thank you – broadband YES! Big for economic development also
19:54:54 From Jay Levine : Washington state has a new department that’s working on broadband for rural areas. Have a look at what they are doing.
19:55:01 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : What about a state-run broadband utility? Or at least preventing broadband monopolies in the state?
19:56:04 From Claudia Risner : Good to hear this, that getting 21st century quality broadband to rural NM is a priority! Thanks.
19:56:13 From Rich Weiner : Brian Colon, what aspects of the Holtec process was your office looking into?
19:56:41 From Brian Colón : My wife’s students (ABQ international district) are struggling with math….our students are suffering — this national story supports what Aleli is experiencing with her students: https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/01/us/covid19-pandemic-black-hispanic-students-report-trnd/index.html
19:57:04 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : Speaker Egolf is also one of the top oil/gas recipients as well, and others. He takes a lot of cash from interested parties that he also regulates
19:57:17 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : (I did not send the anonymous question)
19:57:50 From Sean Knight to All panelists : the speaker is the most influential member, he will get many donations just because of that.
19:58:02 From Linda Pafford to All panelists : The proof in Egolf’s pudding is in his voting history.
19:58:17 From Saraswati Khalsa : Linda, proof is actually not in voting history.
19:58:31 From Noah Tamas-Parris to All panelists : Will there be a recording made available afterwards?
19:58:32 From Saraswati Khalsa : It’s mostly behind the scenes, in assignment of bills to committees, backroom dealing etc.
19:58:52 From Elene Gusch : Hello to Brian Colon from the International District; likewise concerned about our kids here (and all the other kids too).
19:59:45 From Brian Colón : Rich–OSA looked specifically into procurement issues/concerns reported to our office. (HOLTEC)
20:00:36 From Pia Gallegos to All panelists : Wow, that new attitude about the pro tem is a tribute to Retake, WFP and Shimamoto. Thank you!
20:01:02 From Estelle Berger to All panelists : Great conversation! Thank you, all. Looking forward to the 2021 Session. Go Happy Caucus!
20:01:08 From Elene Gusch : Thank you so much, all, for doing this!
20:01:23 From Brenda McKenna : H A P P Y C A U C U S Member !
20:01:24 From Maggie Werner Washburne to All panelists : This was great. Thank you.
20:01:35 From Kelly Orndorff to All panelists : Thanks you everyone!
20:01:39 From Ron Flax-Davidson to All panelists : Nevada has been able to stop nuclear waste disposal. I brought a lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court that led to the independent regulation of the nuclear power industry. We can stop nuclear waste if we oppose it.
20:01:40 From Kathleen Burke : Thank you Retake!
20:01:41 From Gary Sims to All panelists : thank you everyone
20:01:44 From Lonnie Rowell : Thanks to panelists. Informative session. Do good work!!
20:01:45 From Cheryl Harris : Happy Talk tonight! Thank you all!
20:01:46 From Harold Pope Jr. : I am a Happy Caucus Member as well!
20:01:47 From Athena Christodoulou : Thank you for your service and dedication.
20:01:48 From Bianca Sopoci-Belknap : Thanks everyone!
20:01:51 From Rebecca Puck Stair : Thank you so so much, President, Senator and Speaker! And Paul and Roxanne!
20:01:52 From rainy Upton : thanks to each and to all of you This was terrific!
20:01:52 From Rosella Gonzales : Great meet. Thank you.
20:01:56 From kathleen omalley to All panelists : Kathleen thanks so much for doing this. Great panel
20:01:56 From Morning Hegranes to All panelists : Thank you for a very interesting and engaging discussion. Happy to hear about upcoming bills and your take on their chance of success!
20:01:57 From Joyce Bogosian : Great forum. Thanks Paul & Roxanne!
20:01:58 From LINDA Harris to All panelists : Thank you Roxanne and Paul. Linda Harris, LC
20:01:58 From Claudia Risner : This was excellent. Thanks Roxanne and Paul for organizing and to our exceptional legislative leaders. Fun to be on this zoom
20:02:00 From Cheryl Hastings : Good discussion! Thank you!
20:02:00 From Wendy Foxworth to All panelists : Thank you Paul & Roxanne for all your hard work
20:02:00 From Eric Griego : Thanks for a great discussion.
20:02:01 From Johnnemann Nordhagen : Thanks Retake! I’m happy this happened
20:02:01 From Brian Colón : This was terrific! Thank you Roxanne and Paul. Thanks for the access and candor of our legislative leaders!
20:02:02 From Dave Wheelock : See The Fine Print by David Cay Johnston for clues as to why broadband is so bad in rural areas!
20:02:02 From Elizabeth West : Very, very impressive bunch — I feel really good about what I heard this evening. Many thanks for all your hard work! Eat your vitamins and have fun, too!
20:02:02 From Paul Dirdak : Thanks everyone. Excellent
20:02:04 From Harold Pope Jr. : Thanks for doing this Paul and Roxanne!
20:02:09 From Paul Gibson & Roxanne Barber : Thanks so much for joining us everyone!
20:02:09 From WILLIAM HUDSON : Thank you
20:02:10 From Felice Garcia to All panelists : Thank you all! excellent work!
20:02:12 From rainy Upton : stay home
20:02:12 From Sharla Parsons : Thank you all so much again and thank you friends for the fun chat!
20:02:16 From Richard Barish to All panelists : Thanks you Paul and Roxanne – and Senators Wirth and Stewart and Speaker Egoff. A great meeting!
20:02:16 From Marjorie Luckey to All panelists : Very exciting to hear all the energy and the support for good legislation! Thanks you!!
20:02:18 From Brian Colón : #MaskupNM
20:02:19 From Carl Peterson to All panelists : Thanks Paul and Roxanne for hosting!…well done!
20:02:22 From rainy Upton : stay home
20:02:23 From Linda Bunton to All panelists : Thank you
20:02:25 From Maya van Rossum to All panelists : Wonderful