by Michael Gerstein, Santa Fe New Mexican
Aug. 25, 2020

Describing the litany of challenges, economic strife and changes to New Mexico’s public school system spurred by the novel coronavirus, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Tuesday the state must “double down” on investments in early childhood education and care programs.

The governor capped off a 30-minute keynote speech for a virtual conference on child well-being with an impassioned call to retain investments in the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department despite declining state revenues in a slumped oil and gas market.

State economists project a $991 million state budget gap for the next fiscal year.

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