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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 vote, after tabling it last week – six days ahead of the May 31 deadline to submit it to the

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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 marijuana sales, which became legal April 1. The state reported retail shops paid more than $2.4 million in excise taxes

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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 the United States, provides educational vouchers for students living in towns that don’t have public schools. The program allows a

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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, the board rejected a reasonable and safe hybrid in-person learning model proposed by interim Superintendent Scott Elder, who should be

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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 this week offers little reason to expect a return to New Mexico’s rapid growth of the 1990s and early 2000s,

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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 since 2007. The report was highly critical, laid out the district’s challenges and offered pointed advice, like cutting staff, consolidating

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U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS

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)

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TalkPoverty.org

Poverty Data – Overall Poverty – 2020 To Redirect For Interactive Map and website, click here- States Ranked by Overall Poverty Rate (2020) 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% 9th Virginia 9.9% 10th Nebraska 9.9% 10th Connecticut 10.0% 12th Wyoming 10.1% 13th Alaska 10.1% 13th Vermont 10.2% 15th

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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 the national population lives below the poverty line. This is equal to more than approximately 42.5 million Americans living below the poverty line. While there’s still room for improvement, the poverty rate in America has gotten better

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REPORT: New Mexico unfortunately leads the nation with the highest percentage of late-term abortions

By Bud Shaver ​ ABORTIONS 3/16/2022 0 Comments Albuquerque, New Mexico- According to the most recent data, published in 2019 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico unfortunately leads the nation with the highest percentage of late-term abortions. In other words, late-term abortions represent 11.6% of all abortions performed in New Mexico. TABLE 10 of the CDC Abortion Surveillance — United States, 2019 report shows that New Mexico performed 406 late-term abortions (over 21 weeks gestation)

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