New Mexico’s Report Card, 2nd Quarter, 2014

http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/lfc/lfcdocs/Agency%20Performance%20Report%20Cards%20
and%20Highlights%20-%20FY14%202nd%20Quarter.pdf

Accountability in Government Selected Performance Highlights
2nd Quarter, Fiscal Year 2014

New Mexico ranks fifth in the country with a suicide rate of 19.2 per 100,000 persons compared to the national rate of 10.5 per 100,000 persons.

• New Mexico’s alcohol-attributable death rate is the worst in the country and its drug overdose death rate is the second highest in the nation.

• New Mexico has the highest teen pregnancy rate in the country with 68 percent of teenaged mothers, 55 percent of mothers between the ages of 20 and 24 years old, and 51 percent of rural mothers having unintended pregnancies.

The 2010 study of senior hunger by the Meals on Wheels Research Foundation, Inc. reports 83,187, or 21.2 percent, of New Mexican seniors, ages 60 and over, are estimated to have food insecurity, which ranks second in the nation.

In the second quarter, alcohol-related traffic fatalities and the number of DWI arrests declined. The number of saturation patrols and enforcement projects conducted by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were well above last year’s pace, suggesting the decrease in DWI-related fatalities may be related to department efforts.

Wishful thinking?

With a total of 44 in the first half of FY14, alcohol-related fatalities remain far lower than reported in previous fiscal years. The department attributes this improvement to high-visibility law enforcement operations and more intensive DWI enforcement programs.

The DOH’s opinion is rather narrow, isn’t it?  Is this called tunnel vision?

New Mexico now has the lowest effective tax rate for manufacturers in a nine state western region, according to an updated tax competitiveness study by the New Mexico Tax Research Institute and Ernst & Young. The state’s average effective tax rate for manufacturers dropped from 8.1 percent in a 2011 study to 3.3 percent in the updated study after applying tax credits — well below the average of 6.3 percent for the remaining eight states. Yet, the state is lagging the region in job growth.

It’s like they’re saying, gosh, I wonder why?

Comments: The department created the Medical Cannabis Program in its FY13 operating budget but did not identify performance measures for FY13 or FY14. A performance measure regarding timeliness of processing patient applications will be added for FY15. Currently, the program has 23 licensed nonprofit producers who grow and distribute medical cannabis, 3,316 personal production licenses, and 9,333 active patients.

No performance measures for a 5-year-old program?  And the only performance measure to be added in 2015 is “regarding timeliness of processing patient applications”?  Wow, way to push yourself guys…

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