This week on New Mexico in Focus, producer Sarah Gustavus sits down with two community organizations to talk about the proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as EBT or Food Stamps.
The Martinez administration plans to reinstitute additional work requirements for some New Mexicans, who qualify for SNAP benefits. Opponents say the requirements would create an unfair hardship for some to meet their food needs.
Correspondent Megan Kamerick meets with Martha Burk, political psychologist and author of "Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Power, Politics, and the Change We Need," to talk about a new wage equity ordinance for the city of Albuquerque where companies could receive incentives if they can prove men and women are paid equally.
The program airs Friday nights at 7 p.m. on channel 5.1 and appears online on the NMiF website shortly thereafter. The show rebroadcasts Saturday at 5 p.m. on channel 9.1 and again on Sunday at 7 a.m. on channel 5.1.
Host Gene Grant and this week's The Line opinion panelists debate reports of violence around the city of Albuquerque in recent weeks.
Also, they react to a report from the Center for Public Integrity on federal dollars used by officials at Sandia National Laboratories to lobby against the lab's competition for a new federal contract.
The panelists also discuss a series in the Santa Fe New Mexican about the health concerns of people who lived near the Trinity Test site, where the first atomic bomb was tested in New Mexico 70 years ago.
Martha Burk, author and political psychologist
George Luján, Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP)
Allen Sanchez, New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops
Mark Boitano, former New Mexico state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of dukecityfix.com
Rob Nikolewski, Watchdog.org
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney, Sanchez Legal Solutions
The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Sarah Gustavus along with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation Communications Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation.