Category Archives: Legislature

Arguments For And Against The Proposed Healthy Workforce Ordinance

NMiF: Healthy Workforce

September 29, 2017 – On October 3 voters will decide if Albuquerque should mandate paid sick leave for employees, including those who are temporary or part-time, at all businesses with locations in the city. The Healthy Workforce Ordinance is controversial and has been debated for nearly a year and a half after several advocacy groups gathered enough signatures to put it on the ballot in 2016. The Bernalillo County Commission refused to put it before voters last year and this year a judge ruled the entire seven-page ordinance must be placed on this year’s municipal ballot. Supporters say paid sick leaves helps keep the whole community healthier, especially workers who must choose between getting paid and staying home when they or their family members are ill. But opponents say the measure will hurt businesses already struggling in Albuquerque’s economy and could bring job losses.


Elizabeth Wagoner, attorney, New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty
Pat Rogers, an attorney representing the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry and NAIOP, which represents commercial developers

Healthy Workforce Ordinance
ABQ Sick Leave Measure To Stay On Ballot - Albuquerque Journal
Paid Sick Leave - Vital For Workers Or Job Killer? - Albuquerque Journal
Public Schools Would Be Exempt From Sick Leave Ordinance - KOB-TV
Health Care Professional Support Proposed Sick Leave Ordinance - KOB-TV
Journal Poll: Half Of Voters Favor Sick Leave Ordinance - Albuquerque Journal
Ad Battle On Sick Leave Ordinance Ensues As Early Voting Inches Closer - KRQE-TV
As Sick Leave Laws Increase Employers May Need To Consider Policy Changes - Bloomberg
Cities, States Face Off On Mandatory Paid Sick Leave - Pew Trusts

District 3 and 5 Albuquerque city council candidates, a discussion about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality, plus the Line panel.

NMiF: Dr. Richard Wood

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 3 and district 5 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

And producer Sarah Gustavus talks with Dr. Richard Wood from UNM about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality across the country.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including what New Mexico’s education plan, newly approved by the U.S. Education Department, will mean for the state’s schools. They also discuss a judge’s ruling that ten of Governor Susana Martinez’s vetoes from this year’s legislative session were invalid, and look at New Mexico’s reactions to the racial violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Gene Grant

Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Klarissa Peña, District 3 Candidate (Incumbent)
Christopher Sedillo, District 3 Candidate
Robert J. Aragon, District 5 Candidate
Cynthia Borrego, District 5 Candidate
Catherine Trujillo, District 5 Candidate
Richard L. Wood, professor, UNM Department of Sociology

Line Panelists:          
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management


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