University of New Mexico Press, 2015, 352 pages
In this book, edited by former U.S. Senator Fred Harris, some of the state’s most noted and qualified policy experts answer two vital questions: New Mexico 2050—What can we be? What will we be? Through a collection of essays focusing on economics, environment and water, education, healthcare, politics and demographics, and transportation, they describe the state’s present situation, prescribe recommendations to adjust course and predict what successes could occur. The book sets a policy agenda for pulling the state through a future of increased drought, rural-urban divides and sharp income disparities.
New Mexico 2050 is a dynamic blueprint for the state’s future—a manual for leaders and public officials, a text for students, a sourcebook for teachers and researchers, and a guide for citizens who want the Land of Enchantment also to become the Land of Opportunity for all.
A partial list of contributors includes economists Lee Reynis and Jim Peach; education policy expert Veronica García; health and healthcare specialist Nandini Pillai Kuehn; political scientists Gabriel Sánchez and Shannon Sánchez-Youngman; sustainable economic-development entrepreneur Henry Rael; Native American scholar Veronica Tiller; New Mexico cultural-affairs editor/journalist V. B. Price; environmental journalist Laura Paskus; water attorney Adrian Oglesby; planner Aaron Sussman; and Albuquerque poet laureate Hakim Bellamy.
Harris has produced 19 nonfiction books on public policy, politics, and government, including the coedited Locked in the Poorhouse: Cities, Race, and Poverty in the United States.