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September 20, 2017 - by Web Admin
New Mexico’s governor is responsible for expanding Medicaid here, and it’s had significant economic and health benefits for the state. So where is Governor Martinez on this issue? We don’t know because she hasn’t spoken up.
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September 1, 2017 - by Gerry Bradley
We should be very clear: what Trump and Republican leaders in Congress are proposing is not tax reform. Trump has touted it as a recipe for job creation and economic growth but its naked favoritism for the wealthy will do nothing to promote either.
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July 12, 2017 - by Sharon Kayne
Diana was nervous as she spoke to the nearly 400 people gathered at our 5th annual KIDS COUNT Conference. As part of the panel discussion on women’s economic security and child well-being, Diana shared her frustration when, after a decade of working in the early education field and rising to the level of assistant director, she was still earning minimum wage. Her only raises, she said, came from changes in minimum wage laws. But this wasn’t the part of her story that I found most powerful. What really stuck with me was when she told us about having to become a single parent after surviving a domestic violence attack.
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June 29, 2017 - by James Jimenez
There is generally much less accountability when private companies run government programs. It becomes not only more difficult to determine just how our tax dollars are being spent, but there is also more room for subtle forms of discrimination to take place. By definition privatization means an economic focus on the use of public lands rather than a conservation and equity focus.
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June 8, 2017 - by Heidi Holliday
Kansas, just wrapped up a 5-year long experiment in governance from which the other 49 states can now glean some important lessons. The Kansas Legislature has voted to roll back much of the 2012 package of tax cuts that sent the state into a downward spiral of financial instability and weakened the Kansas’ public schools, universities, Medicaid program, and virtually everything else that the state funds.
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June 5, 2017 - by Armelle Casau
Economists say it again and again: investments in higher education pay off. Unfortunately, Governor Susana Martinez’s decision to veto all funding for higher education—every penny—sent the wrong message to current and future college students worried about college costs as well as to businesses reticent of investing in a state that does not value education.
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May 24, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
Bipartisan collaboration and, more importantly, time and responsible leadership are required to undertake tax reform this large. Please, governor, stop taking us for a ride and do your job.
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March 22, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
The tax cuts heralded by Susana Martinez have cost the state more than $500 million during her stay as governor of New Mexico. What were they, how much did they cost, and what did we get for them? Research and Policy analyst Raphael Pacheco takes a look.
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February 10, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
The last time voters decided to increase the distribution from the permanent fund was back in 2003. Even then, prognosticators warned that the move would “deplete” the fund. Back in 2003 the fund was worth about $7 billion. Over the next dozen years, the fund still managed to more than double. Here's why.
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January 24, 2017 - by James Jimenez
In reaction to the revenue shortfall that was created in large part by bad tax policy decisions, some lawmakers are looking to enact more bad policy. But sweeping up money from these special funds will endanger more than just common sense.
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