By Tom Wright May 14, 2021 Updated May 14, 2021 The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau was revealing to New Mexico. We only grew 2.8 percent… Read More
By Tom Wright May 14, 2021 Updated May 14, 2021 The latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau was revealing to New Mexico. We only grew 2.8 percent in the past 10 years. At NMjobkiller.com and Adelante Now Foundation, we documented the stories of why more people are leaving the Land of Enchantment and its high taxes than are moving here. The primary reasons were to find work and, recently, to be able to send their kids to school in a live classroom. Traditionally, New Mexico ends up at or near the bottom of most of the bad lists, like child poverty, food insecurity, crime, literacy, family income, adverse regulatory business climate, medically underserved communities, a pyramiding gross receipts tax system and lack of jobs. Collectively, all of these reasons and more are the cause of our slow growth, declining enrollment in public and university level schools, and general economic stagnation. Politicians take note: This is your fault. The latest report from CNBC’s annual best … [Read more...]
Adelante Now Foundation Press Release 02.09.2021 Teachers, business owners, and families talk about why they are leaving New Mexico. … [Read more...]
(Previously published, 2017) Adelante Now is an education foundation. For over a decade we concentrated our educational efforts on funding tutoring in a few Rio Grande valley public schools. The tutoring was directed at elementary school children who were not reading at grade level or who were not grasping the elements of math. The tutoring program was rewarding to most of the tutored children -- and to us. Yet, each year we were reminded that there are many more fundamental problems with New Mexico’s education system than our tutoring program was capable of attacking. One cannot long contemplate education problems in the state without realizing that many of those problems are connected to family problems. Struggling or broken families often do not provide the cover and guidance which allow children to take real advantage of educational opportunities. Digging deeper, it is difficult for a mom and a dad to keep their family together, or not to struggle, if good jobs are … [Read more...]
(Previously published, 2017) The graph on this page is the same as the one shown in our earlier Member Analysis titled “Let’s turn this State around”, except that the employment growth created by the oil and gas industry has been removed from New Mexico’s figures on this Member Analysis graph. Thus, one is able to see the state’s combined employment growth which took place in other industries. There was no combined, net growth in job-creation among other industries.[i] The 5% job-growth which New Mexico experienced from 2008 through 2014 occurred because the oil and gas industry experienced a 35% growth in job-creation.[ii] What happened in New Mexico’s other industries? One reason New Mexico has a low rate of job creation is that businesses here often live in an adverse regulatory climate. The experience of the oil industry is instructive. When the present administration came into office there were drilling applications piled-up which had not been processed by the Oil … [Read more...]
Adelante Now translates to Go Forward Now! The troubling fact is New Mexico has not gone forward for decades to achieve better over-all wellbeing of the people who live here. Our beautiful and culturally diverse state is riddled with grim statistics when it comes to: EducationChild well-beingBusiness Growth Employment OpportunityHigh violent Crime Rates New Mexico has been at the bottom of the collective state ratings for decades, the question is WHY? We decided to start with an investigative in-depth look at businesses. Our focus at Adelante Now is education. Education is impacted by family problems. Families are impacted by the availability of jobs. Jobs are impacted by regulations and government policy. We have put together videos from job creators talking about obstacles they have encountered while doing business in New Mexico. Our hope is by educating others, especially those in leadership positions in our State, we can be a … [Read more...]
In response to public concern and questions over how Albuquerque police handled a teacher’s child abuse report, all Albuquerque police officers have been issued what the mayor called “common sense” new orders. Police Chief Michael Geier issued three special orders on Wednesday that require all officers called to a possible child abuse call to collect any possible evidence, preserve all on-body camera footage indefinitely and access a law enforcement portal that provides police with information on prior contact between the family and social workers.
Albuquerque has the 10th lowest student debt in the country, according to a LendingTree report. Washington, D.C was first among metros with high median student loan balances, where nearly 10 percent of loan holders owe more than $100,000. The cost of a four-year education has increased by five times in the last 20 years, and student-debt is a $1.5 trillion industry, a huge leap compared to $600 billion a decade ago, says LendingTree. The median balance of student debt in Albuquerque is $15,549. The average number of student loans held by a single person is 3.5. Nearly 19 percent of people in Albuquerque owe more than $50,000 and roughly 6 percent of people owe more than $100,000 in student-loan debt.
When the stampede for acreage in the Delaware Basin began in 2016, many across southern New Mexico had already given up on the state’s oil patch and left for jobs elsewhere. Despite a steady recovery, the previous two years of free-falling prices clearly took a toll on the local economy. Eighteen months later, New Mexico is firmly at the center of a broader national comeback by the oil and gas industry. Last year, New Mexican output was nearly 470,000 barrels a day, up 17 percent from the previous year and more than doubling since 2011. New Mexicans haven’t seen an upswing in output like that since the 1960s. The revival of the state’s oil sector has brought new employment and investment opportunities. Those opportunities are increasingly among the oilfield service companies that handle the drilling and day-to-day operational activities for the big producers.
(Part 4 in a 4 part series) Government work. That’s the past and present of the New Mexico jobs story. So, what’s the future of that story? In the short term, health care looks likely to boom, along with the hospitality industry and education. But what about the jobs that aren’t in the Land of Enchantment yet, the ones that might bring the state’s stubbornly high unemployment rate closer to parity with the national average? While it is difficult to quantify an intangible, there are educated opinions on what might narrow the current jobs gap. New types of technology may bring job types to the state that aren’t here now. More mid-level careers could bolster a market already represented on the higher and lower ends. And getting significant numbers of people to relocate to New Mexico to make up for the young people who leave because they perceive a lack of opportunity would generate additional long-term jobs in existing categories like construction and health care.
The New Mexico Public Education Department is launching a three-year training initiative for 10 high schools in the state. The schools chosen by PED are: West Mesa, Belen, Bernalillo, Cuba, Española Valley, Rocinante, Miyamura, Gilbert L Sena Charter, Health Leadership and Las Montanas Charter high schools. PED picked the schools, which were identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement or CSI, to be the first to partake in the inaugural New Mexico High School Redesign Network. Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski said the program aims to help the schools move out of CSI, a category for low-performing schools. One of the main goals of the redesign network is to help raise graduation rates, as the schools’ rates are below 67 percent.