Up against deadline, APS board approves nearly $2B budget

BY ESTEBAN CANDELARIA / JOURNAL STAFF WRITERPUBLISHED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST, 2022 AT 4:20PMUPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1ST, 2022 AT 11:26PM  Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal It was a year teeming with difficult decisions for officials at Albuquerque Public Schools. But in the end, board members approved a nearly $2 billion proposed budget late Wednesday on a 4-3 […]

New Mexico collects more than $4.1M in taxes from first month of cannabis sales

By Robert Nott rnott@sfnewmexican.comJun 1, 2022  When legislative advocates for legalizing cannabis were pushing their cause, they said the industry would bring in tens of thousands of dollars a year in new revenue. The state Revenue and Licensing Department last week provided a first glimpse of how much tax revenue the state might expect from […]

Second Circuit Rules Vermont Can’t Exclude Religious Schools From Tuition Program

CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS By Bill Pan June 4, 2021 Updated: November 11, 2021biggersmallerPrint The U.S Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit has ruled that Vermont can’t exclude students attending religious schools from state-sponsored tuition programs, striking down the state’s long-standing prohibition on public funding for those institutions. Vermont’s Town Tuition Program (TTP), one of the oldest of its kind in […]

Editorial: APS board decides teachers trump students

BY ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOARDSUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST, 2021 AT 12:05AM Members of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board quite simply failed the school district’s 80,000 students and their parents Wednesday night, putting responsibility to do the right thing for our kids in the governor’s and voters’ hands. With no scientific data to support keeping schools largely closed, […]

NM receives ‘clear warning’ on population’s slowing growth

BY DAN MCKAY / JOURNAL STAFF WRITERPUBLISHED: FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2021 AT 10:05PMUPDATED: FRIDAY, APRIL 30TH, 2021 AT 10:55PM  Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque Journal SANTA FE – New Mexico’s sluggish population growth over the last decade – the slowest since statehood – may offer a peek at the state’s future. A demographic report presented to legislators […]

Editorial on APS 400 teacher layoffs reducing their footprint

May 2, 2022 EDITORIAL It’s official: APS has to right-size, do better by students The report card is in, and the marks are not good for the state’s largest school district. Last week, New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee issued one of its periodic reviews of our public schools — the first for Albuquerque Public Schools […]


Unemployment Rates for States Unemployment Rates for States, 2021 Annual Averages New Mexico:  2021 Annual Average Unemployment Rate:  6.8%;  Rank 48 of 51 (50 states and DC)


New Mexico Ranks 49th Poverty Data (2020) States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate To Redirect For Interactive Map and website, click here STATE NAME OVERALL POVERTY RANK New Hampshire 7.3% 1st Utah 8.9% 2nd Maryland 9.0% 3rd Minnesota 9.0% 3rd New Jersey 9.2% 5th Colorado 9.3% 6th Hawaii 9.3% 6th Massachusetts 9.4% 8th Washington 9.8% […]

New Mexico: 19.1% of population lives below the poverty line

New Mexico: 19.1% of population lives below the poverty line U.S. Poverty Rate By State In 2021 Andrew DePietro – Contributor Nov 4, 2021 According to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau — namely, the 2019 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates — the U.S. poverty rate nationally is 13.4%. This means that 13.4% of […]