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More N.M. Children Falling into Poverty

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SANTA FE(AP) — More New Mexico children have fallen into poverty as a result of the recession. That’s according to the newest report from New Mexico Voices for Children.

According to group’s 2011 New Mexico Kids Count report, more than half of New Mexico’s children live in poverty or in low-income families that have trouble making ends meet. The percent of children living in single-parent families has increased from 33 percent in 2000 to 42 percent in 2010. And only three other states have higher percentages of children in single-parent homes.

The report was released Tuesday as the New Mexico Legislature opened its 30-day budget session. New Mexico Kids Count director Christine Hollis says that after three years of deep state budget cuts, New Mexico needs to be reinvesting in programs that serve children.

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