Category Archives: Economy

A conversation with outgoing CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Alex Romero, and a look at the issue of homeless students

Megan Kamerick

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS looks at a problem that threatens to further strain New Mexico’s already overburdened criminal justice system. Correspondent Jeff Proctor sits down with two lawmakers to discuss the legal, financial and moral arguments in the debate over whether the state should release convicted felons who have already served 30 years in a lifetime sentence.

Correspondent Megan Kamerick talks with Alex Romero as he prepares to retire from over 12 years of service as the president and CEO of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce. They discuss the Chamber’s role in fostering economic growth in the city and the state, and the importance to the workforce of closing achievement gaps among Hispanic students throughout New Mexico.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate some of the top stories in the news, including the prospect of mandatory furloughs for state employees, the fight over a possible soda tax in Santa Fe, and who loses if government officials blacklist some media outlets.

Sen. Bill O’Niell, D – Bernalillo
Rep. William “Bill” Rehm, R – Bernalillo
Alex Romero, president and CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Janice Arnold-Jones, former state representative
Mark Boitano, former NM state senator
Dede Feldman, former state senator
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP

Megan Kamerick
Jeff Proctor


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.(pre-empted March 26) and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m (pre-empted March 25) and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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The Line: Construction On Albuquerque Rapid Transit Continues, Will Federal Funds Arrive?

NMiF: The Line Panel

March 24, 2017 - Albuquerque residents are dealing with construction along Central avenue for the new Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project. The controversial bus line started last year before full funding arrived from the federal government. The project is not in President Trump's proposed budget. What could that mean for the city? If the funding doesn't come, can the city absorb the extra cost? Host Gene Grant and this week's Line opinion panelists share their thoughts on the continued battle over the ART bus line. 

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former New Mexico house minority whip
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy & McCarthy, LLP