Wednesday, September 01, 2010


The Albuquerque Journal had an intriguing story on the fact that CNM in Albuquerque is having to turn away students.  CNM currently has an enrollment of around 30,000 students.  The population of a small city.  Now that is an issue that candidates should be talking about.  Think about it for a moment.  During the worst economic downturn since the 1930's Americans are flocking back to school to further their educations, but the schools say they can't take them on.  These people want to catch the next economic growth wave but it looks like they might get swamped on the beach.

One thing that has always gnawed at me is that CNM is funded by so few taxpayers in the state.  Bernalillo County residents pay the lions share of the taxes that support this institution with some money coming from Rio Rancho in Sandoval county, but in reality it is a statewide asset. The state's contribution has fallen. That needs to be fixed soon. Maybe some great thinking from our statewide candidates is in order.

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