March 22, 2019 – This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Matt Grubs interviews four members of the state’s Capitol press corps to run down the legislative session, talk about themes and trends and what lies ahead when lawmakers … Continue reading Capitol Press Corps Recaps The Legislative Session

March 15, 2019 – Homelessness is a persistent problem in New Mexico and officials in the state’s largest city and in Bernalillo County are rolling out new strategies to help people get off the streets. These include plans for a … Continue reading Fighting Homelessness

March 8, 2019 – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office with a projected surplus this year of one billion dollars…and about the same projected for next year. At the same time, the governor has backed a tax-reform package that includes … Continue reading One-On-One With Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

March 1, 2019 – Correspondent Khalil Ekulona takes us into the world of hip hop.  Hip hop music and culture was born 46 years ago. Since its early days hip hop has spread across the globe with its infectious, youthful … Continue reading The World Of Hip Hop

March 1, 2019 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland heads to Santa Fe to explore the nexus of education and tax reform efforts. In response to a judge’s decision that New Mexico hasn’t been spending enough on its public schools, the Legislature … Continue reading Education Reform: Money Behind The “Moonshot”

February 22, 2019 – Correspondent Antonia Gonzales looks at how Native American artists are using their creativity to highlight political and social activism. She visits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe to explore the Beyond Standing … Continue reading Native Artists Respond To Standing Rock And The No-DAPL Movement

February 22, 2019 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with UNM Labor Economist Melissa Binder to discuss the overall impacts of a minimum wage hike, plus what the research says about what that new minimum wage should be. Guest: Melissa … Continue reading Local Labor Economist On Minimum Wage

February 22, 2019 – Lawmakers continue to debate increasing the state’s minimum wage. One plan also includes doing away with another wage level designed for employees like restaurant wait staff and bartenders, who currently earn tips as well. New Mexico … Continue reading Restaurants Sound Warning About Proposed Minimum Wage Bill

February 15, 2019 – New Mexico in Focus host Gene Grant sits down in studio with a former legislature and open-government advocates to look further into ethics legislation currently making the rounds in Santa Fe. Guests: Jim Dines, former New … Continue reading HB4 And Other Ethics Bills Currently Proposed

February 15, 2019 – Correspondent Gwyneth Doland reports from the Roundhouse on the latest movement regarding ethics legislation and especially on the recently released HB4, which lays out details of how a voter-approved Ethics Commission would work. Guests: Rep. Daymon … Continue reading Ethics Commission Proposal