Kids Count Report To Be Released At Roundhouse

Jan 15, 2013

A New Mexico children's advocacy group is hoping the latest statistics on child poverty rates, teen birth rates and math and reading proficiency will spur action by the state Legislature.

Officials with New Mexico Voices for Children, state Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia and others will gather at the state capitol on Tuesday to release the annual Kids Count Data Book.

New Mexico Voices for Children says the state's percentage of teens abusing alcohol is among the nation's highest rates.

A separate report being released Tuesday shows New Mexico falling to 50th in the country when it comes to the percentage of low-income working families.

The Working Poor Families Project found there were 89,000 low-income working families in New Mexico in 2011. That's a 4 percent increase from 2007.