Albuquerque, N.M. – Today, Mayor Berry delivered his State of the City address in Albuquerque, in which he neglected to mention some of the issues his administration has failed to address. Mayor Berry has been absent on some of the most pressing issues Albuquerque faces and is absent in many communities throughout the city.
- Unemployment. The unemployment rate in Albuquerque is well above the national average at 6.2 percent.
- Education. According to a recent Albuquerque Public Schools report graduation rates continue to decline in the city—between 2013 and 2015 the graduation rate dropped by 7 percent.
- Homelessness. Mayor Berry has a history of touting his homeless work program, but according to local agencies and shelters those programs are not doing the job.
- Child well-being. New Mexico still ranks amongst the lowest performing states in education, health, and overall child-well being. According to a recent report, 28 percent of children in Albuquerque area living in poverty, up 3 percent since 2014.
- Crime. Albuquerque’s violent crime rate increased by 9.2 percent in 2015, according to the FBI’s Crime in the United States report. In addition to an increase in violent crimes, Mayor Richard Berry’s administration allowed for an unacceptable 3,600 untested rape kits in the city.
- Addiction treatment. Since Governor Martinez turned New Mexico’s behavioral health system upside down, Albuquerque has lost multiple mental and behavioral health centers, including Hogares Inc., and most recently Turquoise Lodge Hospital, which only exacerbates the opioid epidemic. Experts point to substance abuse as a main factor in homelessness, crime, and unemployment.