SANTA FE, N.M. — Advocates for a New Mexico state constitutional amendment to boost spending on early childhood education across New Mexico are holding a series of candlelight vigils at the state Capitol.
About 30 people attended a vigil on Monday night in support of a measure that would tap more money from a state sovereign wealth fund.
Allen Sanchez of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Archbishops says several faith-based advocacy groups consider the funding proposal a moral imperative.
The House has approved an amendment to distribute an additional $150 million each year to daycare and preschool programs. Senate approval would send the issue to a statewide vote in November elections.
Critics say the plan risks drawing too much money each year from a fund seen as a trust for future generations.