Morning Word: Mixed Economic Signals
Job growth up, but middle class shrinksMorning WordMonday, March 30, 2015
It's Monday, March 30, 2015
New Mexico continues to rank ahead of Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama as the state most dependent on federal government spending. Two national labs and a slew of bases account for most of it, but so does the state's high poverty rate.
Another signal is the state's ever-present brain drain. Students in Carlsbad, for instance, love growing up there, but most say they don't plan to return after four years of college.
This ends more than two years of fear and uncertainty in Northern New Mexico’s smaller communities about whether Amtrak would alter the route and leave them without a stream of visitors with money to spend.Amtrak had wanted officials in Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico to ensure track maintenance. Even without a line in the state budget for direct repairs, New Mexico Transportation Secretary Tom Church says his group is “devising ways to pay for repairs in New Mexico.”
Paul Hopkins, a veteran mental health counselor in Albuquerque and a member of the chamber’s mental health systems task force, said the key difference is that the Tucson area has a system with which to deliver mental health services and the Albuquerque area does not.It’s an important series, considering that nearly a fifth of New Mexicans suffer from mental illness.
Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, and Bernalillo County Opioid Abuse Accountability Initiative Committee Co-Chairman Harris Silver also have their fingers crossed that the governor signs off on a measure that will allow the state jail and corrections officials to help get inmates signed up for Medicaid before they are released. That could prevent long gaps in behavioral and mental health care services.
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For the first time since 1975, the General Social Survey (GSS) has found that a majority—52 percent—of Americans support marijuana legalization. That’s a 9 percent jump since 2012.
A four-part newspaper series on the pitfalls of marijuana legalization in Colorado is getting panned by the Columbia Journalism Review after details surfaced that Colorado Gazette editors never disclosed the freelance reporter it hired to write “Clearing the Haze” was anti-pot from the get-go.
"The general public reading this will have no idea that Christine is extremely opposed to marijuana legalization and that she’s married to a doctor that has been one of the most vocal voices in this whole process warning of the potential unintended consequences of all this,” says Ricardo Baca, editor of the Denver Post’s marijuana news and culture blog The Cannabist.
The Public Service Company's confidential plans to acquire a new source of coal for its 40-year-old San Juan plant has irked open government supporters and renewable energy advocates.