This week on New Mexico in Focus, business reporter Kevin Robinson-Avila talks about the details of PNM's rate hike request, Megan Kamerick discusses the community schools model with local and national leaders, and Stan Wilson talks with two first-time voters about current candidates in the presidential primaries.

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. Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch it again online at shortly thereafter. 

Host Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the future of behavioral health services in New Mexico, now that Attorney General Hector Balderas has cleared the last two of fifteen providers that had been accused of fraud.

The Line also discusses former state senator Phil Griego’s “not guilty” plea, and debate a possible court order to stop New Mexico tax officials from withholding refunds of excess tax payments from immigrants.

Janelle Astorga-Ramos, UNM student
Martin Blank, Coalition for Community Schools & President, Institute of Educational Leadership
James Hughes, UNM student
Jose Munoz, ABC Community Schools Partnership
Kevin Robinson-Avila, business reporter for the Albuquerque Journal

Line Panelists
Janice Arnold-Jones, former state lawmaker
Russell Contreras, Associated Press reporter
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Marsha Garcia, Strategies 360

Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick
Stan Wilson

Gene Grant

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus and Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation.

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