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Land Grant Permanent Fund & Early Childhood Programs, 2015 Legislative Session, Charges Against Two APD officers

This week on New Mexico in Focus, we examine renewed efforts to tap the state’s $14 billion land grant permanent fund to support early childhood programs. Advocates say that despite steady increases in early childhood funding each year, New Mexico needs a much bigger infusion to address the state’s poor rankings in child well-being. Critics argue existing federal law would block the use of those funds on early childhood programs and that existing infrastructure could not absorb such a large influx of money. NMiF correspondent and Public Square producer Megan Kamerick delves into the debate with State Senator Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, and Larry Langley, president and CEO of the New Mexico Business Roundtable.

We’ll also hear what it’s like behind the scenes in the Roundhouse as we prepare for the 2015 legislative session. Former New Mexico Senator Dede Feldman sits down with correspondent Gwyneth Doland to talk about the insights she shares in her new book “Inside the New Mexico Senate: Boots, Suits and Citizens.”

Host Gene Grant and our Line panelists discuss the announcement this week that Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg will file charges against two Albuquerque Police Department officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of James Boyd in the foothills of Albuquerque last year. The case has received national, and international, media coverage. Also this week, the Line will talk about the proposed state budget and what’s ahead for the legislative session.

GUESTS:
Dede Feldman, former NM Senator and author
Larry Langley, president and CEO, New Mexico Business Roundtable
State Sen. Michael Padilla (D-Albuquerque)

LINE PANELISTS:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Viki Harrison, executive director, Common Cause New Mexico
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, Sanchez Legal Solutions

CORRESPONDENTS:
Gwyneth Doland
Megan Kamerick, producer, Public Square

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 827 for air January 16, 2014

Health Insurance Enrollment in NM, New State Officials Sworn In

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This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus checks in on health insurance enrollment in New Mexico. The current open enrollment period ends on February 15. If individuals don’t sign up for health coverage, many will have to pay a penalty at tax time next year. Who is reaching out to New Mexicans who aren’t signed up to talk about their options? Erik Lujan is a certified health care guide with Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR). He tells us about working with families in Native communities. Joe Martinez, Consumer Outreach Coordinator with Health Action New Mexico, shares how local organizations are partnering to provide information and enrollment assistance to rural New Mexicans.

Also this week, Gene Grant and our Line panelists discuss what’s next for recently sworn in elected officials. They also debate Governor Susana Martinez’s decision to appoint Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson to head the Children, Youth and Families Department. The Public Regulation Commission is holding hearings in Santa Fe this week on PNM’s plans for the San Juan Generating Station and our panelists will also weigh in on public debate over the proposal.

GUESTS:
Erik Lujan, Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR)
Joe Martinez, Health Action New Mexico

LINE PANELISTS:
Merritt Allen, Principal and Executive Director, Vox Optima, LLC
Martha Burk, Political Psychologist, Author and Women’s Issues Expert
Eric Griego, Former New Mexico Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR

CORRESPONDENT:
Sarah Gustavus

Host: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Sarah Gustavus. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

Episode 826 for air January 9, 2014