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NMDWS sets agency priorities for FY22 with budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee

For Immediate Release
November 20, 2020

Contact: Stacy Johnston
Acting Public Information Officer
505.250.3926

 

NMDWS sets agency priorities for FY22 with budget request to the Legislative Finance Committee

 

(Albuquerque, NM) – The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ (NMDWS) FY22 budget request includes a 5% General Fund reduction of just under $500k while maintaining funding levels for the Divisions of Labor Relations, Unemployment Insurance, and Information Technology.

Despite the reduction, NMDWS will continue to provide impactful, responsive, and technical services to New Mexicans through the enforcement of labor laws, employment and reemployment services, and rejuvenate a trust fund balance for Unemployment Insurance benefits.  

  • Enforcement of labor laws – NMDWS continues to make positive strides in case load levels for workers with wage theft and/or discrimination complaints. The Human Rights Bureau collected $186,000 for claimants during the last calendar year.  
  • Employment and reemployment services – NMDWS strengthened partnerships with other state agencies, as well as workforce development boards, to enhance assistance provided to New Mexicans with interview skills, resume development, education and skill development, and job placement.
  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) – The state Unemployment Insurance trust fund balance felt significant strain from the unprecedented need that arose from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continued funding will allow for the UI program to remain operational, while also addressing the loan repayment to the federal government.

"The entire Lujan Grisham administration is working together to help New Mexicans through this tough time, "said Secretary McCamley. "All of the dedicated, passionate, hardworking staff will continue to help New Mexicans get unemployment, get them back to work when the virus is under control, and enforce wage laws throughout the state."

Secretary McCamley will present to the Legislative Finance Committee on Friday, November 20th at 8:00am. Those interested may view the hearing through the New Mexico Legislature webcast.

 

 

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