SANTA FE – They’ve tried it a half-dozen times before.
But supporters of a proposal to tap into the Land Grant Permanent Fund – and boost money to pay for early-childhood services – say they’re optimistic that this is the year it gets through the Legislature.
To that end, they rolled out a new study Tuesday that says the need for home visiting and similar programs is far more drastic than state analysts have previously estimated. New Mexico needs about $406 million more for those services, according to the study, not $115 million.
But the proposal still faces serious political obstacles.