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Policy Spotlight: Escalating Costs of Public Construction, January 2024

New Mexico is seeing unprecedented investments in public and private construction at the same time as construction costs are skyrocketing. Absent significant drops in material prices or construction demand, or rapid increases in the labor force, construction costs will likely remain elevated.

Progress Report:Cost-Effective Options for Increasing High School Graduation, January 2024

New Mexico’s high school graduation rate has improved in the last 10 years, but New Mexico still is among the lowest-ranking rates. However, only about 2,000 more students would have to graduate to match the national average.

Progress Report: Costs and Stacking Income Supports, December 2023

Income support programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid provide immediate benefits to those living in or near poverty. However, large investments in these programs have generally not coincided with decreasing poverty in the state.

Progress Report: Special Education, November 2023

Although the educational and financial landscape has shifted over the past 10 years, many of the issues surrounding special education revealed in LFC’s 2013 program evaluation remain.

Program Evaluation: Implementation and Outcomes of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, October 2023

Healthcare professionals are developing more than a thousand safe care plans a year for new mothers giving birth to babies exposed to drugs and other substances, but many substance-exposed newborns are falling through the cracks and follow-up for those mothers with plans is often ineffective.

Medicaid Accountability Report, September 2023

A delay in signing contracts with new Medicaid managed care organizations has slowed progress on program improvements, including provisions that would hold the organizations accountable for ensuring patient access to doctors.

Progress Report Addressing Substance Use Disorders, August 2023

Given the magnitude of New Mexico’s substance and alcohol use problems and its investments of more than $800 million in treatment, the state is spending relatively little in upstream interventions and prevention efforts.

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The Program Evaluation Unit produces a variety of research reports that take a close look at the efficiency and effectiveness of state services and programs.

Finance Facts are one-page explanations of a specific aspect of state government, from how the budget bill is created to a summary of early childhood programs.

Session publications include the three volumes of the committee’s annual recommendation to the Legislature – policy and performance analysis, proposed appropriations, and supplemental tables and graphs – and the post-session review of legislative action.