Is it economic development to pay people who make knock-offs of traditional New Mexican crafts to come here and teach us how to sell the authentic stuff?
A review of felony domestic violence cases, along with recent police reports and protection orders, reveals a troubling pattern: The state often fails to protect women who have been threatened, beaten or worse by men they live with, share children with or once upon a time dated. And even when police, prosecutors and social workers know offenders’ names and addresses, they can stay beyond the reach of the law.
This month, the Santa Fe City Council agreed to steer $65,000 worth of federal economic stimulus money toward funding the YouthWorks energy crew’s efforts through the summer, enough to install free energy-efficiency upgrades on 200 homes. The Sierra Club funded a 100-home pilot project earlier this year.
A crucial state job-creation program on average awarded Bernalillo County $39 per person in aid, versus $8 per person for Santa Fe County, according to the most recent report on the program. That report is five years old, but the basic ratio still holds true today. The program helps companies defray the cost of training new employees. Only expanding businesses are eligible. Had layoffs? You’re outta luck.