This week on New Mexico in Focus, Gene Grant and the Line Opinion Panel react to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s 2023 State of the State Address and the spending proposals put forth for the state’s record-setting surplus. 

Plus, the panelists discuss the recent arrest and arraignment of a former GOP candidate for state house accused of orchestrating a series of shootings targeting Democratic lawmakers. 

Grant and the panel also explore the proposal from the Governor to consolidate all the state’s healthcare services with a new initiative.  

Political correspondent Gwyneth Doland heads to the Roundhouse to catch up with lawmakers in the early days of the 2023 session. She speaks with lawmakers from both parties about the opportunities in front of them given the state’s surplus.  

Our Land Producer Laura Paskus speaks with State Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, a longtime advocate for action on the environment. He says optimistic that in the 60-day session in 2023, the New Mexico Legislature will act on bills related to water, energy, and the environment. 

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 a.m., and streaming on the PBS video app. 

NMiF Segments 
2023 Legislative Session Begins 

Gwyneth Doland 

Sen. Crystal Diamond, (R) NM District 35 – Doña Ana 
Sen. Roberto J. Gonzales, (D) NM District 6 – Los Alamos 
Rep. Jason Harper, (R) NM District 57 – Sandoval County  

NM’s Legislative Environmental Priorities 
Laura Paskus 

Sen. Peter Wirth, (D) NM District 25 – Santa Fe, Senate Majority Leader

Gene Grant 

The Line Opinion Panel
Tom Garrity, founder & president, the Garrity Group Public Relations 
Dede Feldman, former NM State Senator 
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety analyst 

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic health, education, and art issues, and explores them in-depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond the "news of the moment." 

New Mexico in Focus Senior Producer for Public Affairs is Lou DiVizio. "Our Land" Senior Producer is Laura Paskus. Co-producer of New Mexico in Focus is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for New Mexico in Focus is provided by the McCune Charitable Foundation and Viewers Like You.

Funding for the Your New Mexico Government Project comes from the Thornburg Foundation and New Mexico Local News Fund.

Funding for Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present & Future, is provided in part by the Neeper Natural History Programming Fund for KNME-TV.