Recently readers of the Albuquerque Journal were treated to an opinion piece from the left-wing NM Center for Law and Poverty which claimed that New Mexico has not been “adequately” funding its education system.
Set aside the fact that New Mexico is hardly “nickel and diming” education and the fact that we spend more per-pupil than any of our neighboring states according to Census data:
The idea that New Mexico is under-funding education is ridiculous, but what is really bothersome is that with the Albuquerque Journal doing some excellent reporting on and asking some excellent questions about the Rail Runner’s deeply-troubled finances, where is the left? After all, money spent on the train can’t be spent on schools or teachers.
Having just a few voices on the left talk about priorities for government and discussing tradeoffs (is it education, Medicaid, film subsidies, the Rail Runner, or Spaceport?) would be at least a commendable exercise, but we never hear that. Rather, the left seems to live in a fantasy land where the answer to everything is MORE taxes, MORE spending, and MORE government.
So, come on NM Center for Law and Poverty, where do we cut spending if we want more for education?