CEA’s Andrew Browning discusses the importance of federal leases which help fund New Mexico’s first responders and public education.

Look at San Juan County, which has seen a 47 percent drop in such revenue since 2009. That has led to a loss of 9,000 jobs – a 17 percent reduction in the region’s workforce – and the closing of 7,500 operating wells. San Juan College, meanwhile, is working to close a budget deficit of about $1.38 million.

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