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Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - NM: Livable Wages/Working Families

The U.S. Department of Labor says more than one in 10 U.S. workers have lost jobs in the past three weeks due to economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak. (JayMantri/Pixabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The new coronavirus pandemic has sabotaged what was a booming U.S. economy, and some experts don't expect it to come roaring back as the health crisis abates. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits surged to record levels last week, bringing the total applicatio

Consumer spending in the U.S. accounts for roughly 70% of economic growth, making the new coronavirus and associated disruptions in the global supply chain a significant risk to the U.S. economy. (alex80/Pixabay)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico announced its first presumptive positive COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, the first confirmed cases in the state. But as the virus spreads, many Americans with symptoms may not stay home from work because they don't have paid sick leave. The Centers for Disease Cont

According to a new analysis, 70% of New Mexico families with children are expected to benefit from a change in the state income tax code. (U_8f8rxx56/PIxabay)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A new analysis shows 70% of New Mexico families with children will get a break on their state personal income taxes when they file their 2019 tax returns. Bill Jordan, government relations officer with New Mexico Voices for Children, said currently those with the largest

Two-thirds of domestic workers don't have contracts with their employers, according to the National Domestic Workers Alliance. (United Nations University)

SANTA FE, N.M. - The people who make it possible for others to have a job in New Mexico may finally get wage protections if a bill makes it through the state Legislature this session. In the United States, domestic workers - the housekeepers, nannies and home-health aides working in private homes -

New Mexico has until April to ensure the state's schools receive adequate resources to meet the needs of at-risk students, based on a court order handed down last year. (lanlfoundation.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico state lawmakers say their number-one priority in the upcoming legislative session is to improve the state's public education system - a pledge they'll need to keep based on a court order. In July 2018, a state district judge ruled that New Mexico was violating

Even with the additional options that opened up under the Affordable Care Act, New Mexico has 180,000 residents without health insurance. (khn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Albuquerque City Council on Monday became the sixth governing body in the state to pass a resolution supporting a proposal to allow all New Mexico residents access to a low-cost health plan through Medicaid. The plan would include uninsured people who don't qualify for

Some New Mexico parents spend 18 percent of their income on childcare, even with federal assistance. (ewa.org)

ALBUQUERQUE N.M. – Children's advocates say too many hard-working New Mexico families struggle with the "cliff effect" when trying to pay for child care and move up the income ladder. The "cliff effect" can force parents to decline a pay increase, if it would push their income over 200 perce

New Mexico is now in third place among U.S. states in oil production. (hcn.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico might be one of the most beautiful states in the country, but high unemployment and lack of quality education are keeping people from moving to the Land of Enchantment. A recent U.S. News and World Report ranked it 48th among the 50 states for places you'd want

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