Underfunded, undercounted: New Mexico at risk in 2020 census

The state’s residents are notoriously hard to count — in 2000, the census undercount amounted to nearly 2 percent or about 35,000 people missed. Here’s why that matters.

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For contracts, New Mexico increasingly looks elsewhere

Searchlight analysis finds growing reliance on out-of-state vendors

A Searchlight investigation finds billions of taxpayer dollars have flowed out of state since 2013 due to government purchases that are not filled — or cannot be filled — by New Mexico companies.

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Here’s how we learned where New Mexico’s vendors are located

Legislators, auditors and business groups have tried for years to answer the question: Where does the state of New Mexico spend its money when it pays independent contractors for goods and services?

The data don't exist in an easy-to-grasp form, so we decided to create and share it.

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New Mexico is ignoring its own rules on vendor transparency

New Mexico is over a year late in following a law that compels greater transparency in vendor contracts.

Legislators have been pressing the state to clarify where contract dollars flow.

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New Mexico lawyer faces death threat over work for immigrants

‘Credible’ threat followed Fox News broadcast

What happened to Allegra Love and her colleagues, experts say, is a terrifying example of the open threats and unrelenting hostility that immigrant advocates have begun to face nationwide.

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Brain Drain: Graduates leaving New Mexico behind

No state can afford to lose high-quality, educated workers, the key ingredient for a thriving economy.

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Mississippi’s gains may hold lessons for New Mexico

There’s always New Mexico.

How does a state climb off the bottom rung in measures of child well-being? Can New Mexico take a cue and move up a few notches itself, by next year?

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Success by degrees

Adult education brings generational change

Adult education can be a path to generational change. But in New Mexico, where it is estimated that a third of the adult population could benefit, only about 3 percent are served.

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30 Million Words

A Florida city nurtures babies with ‘Brain Bags’ for parents. Can New Mexico do the same?

Pensacola, Fla., became one of the country’s first cities to dub itself an “Early Learning City.” With leadership from the business community, it linked up with the University of Chicago’s Thirty Million Words project to educate new parents on how to build their child’s brain — a project that could hold lessons for New Mexico.

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A border town without playgrounds

Anthony presents some of the highest risks to infants and young children in a state that is already at rock bottom of the national barrel on child well-being. By the state health department’s reckoning, it’s the third-worst place in New Mexico to be a child.

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