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Lawmaker’s Perspective: Hard truths demand that we set aside political differences

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By Pete Campos

New Mexico faces an economic crisis — not a budget crisis — that can be solved, but not easily, quickly or cheaply.

We have not recovered from the Great Recession of 2008. Wages are up slightly in New Mexico, even considering inflation, but the number of jobs is well below pre-recession levels, and the state’s population is essentially unchanged since 2010, as people in their 20s and 30s move to other states in search of work. This is all reflected in the state’s budget, which is, as expected, about the same as it was in 2008.


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