Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has proudly pointed to the state’s Energy Transition Act, the nation’s most aggressive road map to a carbon-free future, and proclaimed a “moonshot” for education fueled by billions in new revenues.
The state is flush from the oil and gas boom in the Permian Basin, providing a seemingly unlimited source of money for significant broadband investment and other new and innovative ideas – while addressing old problems like out-of-control crime and deteriorating roads and bridges.
Meanwhile, Virgin Galactic appears on the verge of capturing the world’s attention with what would be the world’s first commercial flight into space – from Spaceport America right here in New Mexico.
All of which makes the fact New Mexico in 2018 had the largest percentage increase in homelessness in the United States all the more unacceptable. And it points to the need for a serious statewide strategy to address the gritty problem of men, women and families living on the street or moving from shelter to shelter and meal to meal.