NMiF discusses infrastructure priorities, child protection and transparency in state government: UNM Newsroom

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This week’s New Mexico in Focus, our state is grappling with how to spend nearly $4 billion in federal infrastructure funds. But how exactly is the process and how are potential projects prioritized? Correspondent Gwyneth Doland is sitting down with infrastructure consultant Martin Chávez to get some answers and let New Mexicans know how to track progress.

Next week is Sunshine Week, a celebration of open government and access to public information launched by the News Leaders Association more than 15 years ago. Transparency and public access were also the focus of the recently concluded legislative period. Shannon Kunkel from the Foundation for Open Government discusses where we stand as a state in terms of transparency and shows where there is still a lot to do.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez recently expressed concern about the underuse of a criminal diversionary program that targets nonviolent offenders. Instead of putting them directly into the criminal justice system, the program aims to shift them toward mental health, drug treatment, and housing services. The Line Opinion Panel discusses why the program may not be successful and whether changes need to be made. The group is also weighing the possible fate of a bill awaiting the governor’s signature that would change the way the state addresses cases of child abuse and neglect.

New Mexico in Focus will air Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 at 7:00 a.m. on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) and stream via the PBS Video app.

NMiF segments

infrastructure priorities
correspondent

Gwyneth Doland

guest
Marty Chávez, infrastructure consultant for New Mexico

Transparency in NM Gov’t
correspondent

Gwyneth Doland

Guests)
Shannon Kunkel, Executive Director, NM Foundation for Open Government

The Line opinion panel
Edmund Perea, attorney and public safety consultant
Michael Bird, former President of the American Public Health Association
Julie Ann Grimm, Editor, Santa Fe Reporter

host
Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is the New Mexico PBS prime time news magazine covering events, issues and people shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-faceted look at social, political, economic, health, educational and artistic issues and examines them in depth with a critical eye to give them context that goes beyond the “news of the moment”.

New Mexico in Focus is produced by Matt Grubs, with Associate Producer Kathy Wimmer. NM PBS Public Affairs executive producer is Kevin McDonald.

The McCune Charitable Foundation funds NMiF along with viewers like you.

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