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Capitol Report – January 21, 2022

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New Mexico restaurants are asking New Mexico legislators for continued assistance as the Omicron variant of COVID continues to make business difficult for restaurants and other hospitality businesses across the state.

Jason Espinoza reports from the Roundhouse.

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Carol Wight, Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Restaurant Association, is pleading with legislators to not forget New Mexico is still in the midst of a pandemic and the restaurant and hospitality industry have still not fully recovered:

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To help rebuild the industry’s workforce and pipeline, the New Mexico Restaurant Association is advocating for $5 million dollars to expand the high-school ProStart program and build a similar hotel program to engage more high school students. They are also advocating for $25 million to go to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions to continue a training reimbursement program to assist with training costs and help to increase the workforce to pre-pandemic levels.

The New Mexico Restaurant Association hopes the proposals will be considered as the New Mexico Legislature works its way through the budget process.

For the New Mexico News Network, I’m Jason Espinoza

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