This week New Mexico in Focus discusses the ongoing debate between lawmakers regarding the idea of increasing the state’s minimum wage including one plan that does away with another wage level designed for employees like restaurant wait staff and bartenders, who currently work on tips as well.

NMiF Producer Matt Grubs talks to people in the industry about whether they support the plan, and what the impacts might be for them personally. Plus, correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with UNM labor economist Melissa Binder to discuss the overall impacts of the minimum wage hike, plus what the research says about what that new minimum wage should be.

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 Rock exhibit, which features Native American artists’ perspectives on the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline and the No-DAPL movement.

Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss the ins and outs of public education funding and debate the decision for New Mexico to join in a lawsuit against the Trump administration’s emergency declaration. They also look at Governor Lujan Grisham’s plan to drop former Governor Martinez’s policies for some Medicaid co-pays and premiums.

New Mexico PBS’ one-hour public affairs show New Mexico in Focus regularly airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and repeats Sundays at 7 a.m. on Channel 5.1, and Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. on Channel 9.1, except during pledge drives.



  • Gwyneth Doland & Antonia Gonzales

Studio Guest

  • Melissa Binder, labor economist, University of New Mexico

Field Guests

  • Rep. JoAnn Ferrary (D), New Mexico House of Representatives
  • George Gundrey, owner, Atrisco Café and Bar
  • Carlos Herrera, bartender, Atrisco Café and Bar
  • Georgia Maryol, founder, Tomisita's Restaurant
  • C.L. Kieffer Nail, curator, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Line Panelists

  • Dan Foley, former House minority whip
  • Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
  • Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
  • Giovanna Rossi, president, Collective Action Strategies; host, “The Well Woman Show” (KUNM)

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Hosted by Gene Grant, NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and arts issues, and explores them in-depth, with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment."

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and viewers like you.

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