Representative Rebecca Dow (District 38, Truth or Consequences) provided an update to constituents this week in a local paper. Regarding the state’s budget woes, she wrote,
I believe legislators have a duty to ensure that the government can continue to provide essential services to New Mexicans, without interruption. These essential services include providing as much money as we can for schools and classroom instruction.
This past week, I opposed efforts to cut funding from education programs like early reading initiatives, pre-K, breakfast meals for elementary students, truancy and dropout intervention, teacher stipends, and support for professional development.
Regarding state economic development programs, she continued,
We must protect the state’s ability to attract private sector investment. New Mexicans want quality job opportunities in-state so that do not need to uproot their families in search of work. Programs like the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) have been used to create thousands of jobs in New Mexico during the past several years, and 40 percent of the projects using LEDA funds are in our rural communities. This important economic development tool has been providing a good return on our investment. Let’s build towards New Mexico’s long-term economic health by creating a strong foundation for businesses to grow.
Representative Dow was elected in 2016 with 54.8% of the 12,945 votes cast. District 38 includes a swath of southwestern New Mexico, covering parts of Sierra, Grant, and Hidalgo counties.