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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

New Mexico First released the 2015 New Mexico Progress Report. This highly useful report offers a clear roadmap for progress and uses unique data analytics and visualization to present areas in which New Mexico can improve and challenges that are being overcome. The organization drew on over 25 years of citizen recommendations and ideas to make a fresh and original report with new conclusions not seen in other “policy report cards.”

The report presents a vision for the future, consensus-driven goals for improvement, measures of progress, and challenges that must be overcome. The New Mexico Progress Reportwas designed to broaden the understanding of citizens and lawmakers about the most critical issues facing New Mexico: education, economy, health and water.

Areas in Which N.M. is Making Progress:

  • Education: pre-kindergarten enrollment and science/math college graduates
  • Health: heart disease deaths, health insurance coverage, child immunization, adult smoking reduction
  • Economy: household income, unemployment, export-related employment, fiscal & regulatory policy, energy production and future potential
  • Water: total water use, water use by public water systems, water rights adjudications

Getting Worse:

  • Healthcare: child hunger, mental healthcare access, healthcare provider access, substance abuse deaths
  • Economy: poverty
  • Water: waterway impairment, dams with safety deficiencies

Heather Balas, President of New Mexico First noted, “New Mexico is changing, and, in many ways for the better. However, we still have much work to do in all major areas addressed by this report including education, health, economy and water.” The report’s advisory committee chair, Peter Winograd, added, “We see that more young children are receiving quality early childhood education, entrepreneurship and health insurance are on the rise, and we are actively protecting water resources. However, our people are getting poorer, and our need for more mental health and physical health care professionals is profound.”

Read the 2015 New Mexico Progress Report


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Anonymous Commented on 03-Nov-2015 08:53 AM

What an ambitious report. Great job! My best to all.

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