Legislative Finance Committee

2018 Accountability Report: Early Childhood

Data in the annual accountability report on early childhood show mixed results, with the latest data on infant mortality, low birth weight, immunization rate, and prenatal care all declining, but results improving for early childhood programs funding, 4-years-olds in childcare or prekindergarten, and third grade scores on math and reading.

Program Evaluation: Corrections Department – Status of Programs to Reduce Recidivism and Oversight of Medical Services

While prison populations nationally have declined, New Mexico's has continued to grow, driven in large part by drug-related technical parole violations.

Press Release - Committee Expresses Condolences to Family and Friends of Larry Larrañaga

The members of the Legislative Finance Committee this morning were saddened to learn of the death of Larry Larrañaga, a former committee member who served as a Republican state representative from Albuquerque from 1994 until his resignation earlier this month.

Health Notes: Cost, Use and Effectiveness of Inpatient Behavioral Health Services for Adults

Few inpatient behavioral health options are covered by Medicaid, forcing most of the cost for residential and hospital care onto the state, but a pending revamp of the state's Medicaid program could expand behavioral health coverage all along the continuum of care.

Program Evaluation: Instructional Time and Extended Learning Opportunities in Public Schools

Despite evidence that high-quality extended learning time can improve student performance, the number of instructional days in New Mexico, where 70 percent of public school students are at risk of failing, has dropped over the last decade.