Morning Word: Businesses Clamor for Literate Workforce
Recruiting qualified employees a struggle in New MexicoMorning WordWednesday, July 1, 2015
Gov. Susana Martinez is getting an earful from business owners about how difficult it is for them to recruit a qualified workforce in New Mexico.
Debbie Johnson, director of the Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Office at Central New Mexico Community College, says part of the problem is the literacy rate in New Mexico.
Jobs and economic development are also on the minds of New Mexico Jobs Council members. State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, D-Los Alamos, suggests that the state’s tax code needs a complete overhaul.
US Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, wants more money for early childhood development because it will help prepare kids for the future workforce. He continues to support a proposed constitutional amendment to tap the state’s permanent fund to pay for the programs.
Speaking of work, thousands of New Mexicans stand to benefit from proposed changes to overtime rules.
Top archaeologists from universities and organizations around the nation are urging the US Interior Department to protect the area surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park from oil and gas development.
In a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, they talked about the countless hours they’ve spent in the field, the dozens of books they’ve published about the Chaco society and their decades of collective experience studying its connection to modern Native American tribes in the Southwest. They call Chaco a distinct resource.
The National Weather Service says the drought is “loosening its grip on New Mexico.”
The New Mexico Department of Finance has rejected the City of Santa Fe’s 2016 fiscal year budget, which includes a proposal to transfer almost $4 million from the Water Division to the general fund.
Meanwhile, as the idea of raiding the Water Division’s surplus for other city operations continues to be a controversial issue for the City Council, the city’s Environmental Services Division wants to borrow $4.1 million from water funds at no interest to pay for an automated single-stream recycling program and build a fill station for its fleet of natural gas-fueled vehicles.
Santa Fe County commissioners are considering stricter rules for mining and landfill operations.
A draft ordinance presented to commissioners Tuesday would impose regulations similar to those the county adopted for reviewing applications for oil and gas ventures. The proposal would classify such developments as having “the potential to affect the environment and public heath, safety, and welfare beyond the impacts on immediately neighboring properties.”
Journalist Steve Terrell, who has been covering the state’s gambling compacts with New Mexico tribes, reports US Attorney for New Mexico Damon Martinez has decided not to shut down Pojoaque Pueblo’s casinos while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.
Heath Haussamen has written an interesting commentary about how memorializing Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate’s violent conquest of Native Americans with statutes and school names is on the same par as flying the confederate flag over the South Carolina State Capitol Building.
Racial slurs may have led to that tragic shooting at the Los Altos Skate Park in March.
This is cool: Residents in Madrid now have their own new low-power FM radio station.