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January 13, 2018 - by James Jimenez
We all want a prosperous state, but prosperity requires investments. You can’t grow a garden without good soil, sunlight, water, and some hard work. Same with a state—you can’t have prosperity without resources, infrastructure, and a skilled workforce. But instead of following an investment strategy to prosperity, New Mexico has tried to cut its way to prosperity.
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December 24, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
In the final part in our series on the just-passed federal tax reform, Raphael Pacheco takes a look at how the legislation may impact New Mexico's budget. (Spoiler alert: it's not good.)
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December 23, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
In Part 1 of our blog series, Raphael Pacheco gave us an overview of the federal tax bill. Now in Part 2, he gets down to the nitty-gritty and how the various provisions of the tax bill may impact you.
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December 22, 2017 - by Raphael Pacheco
The long-awaited federal tax reform is now law. So what does it mean for you and your family? Researcher and Analyst Raphael Pacheco takes a look in this first installment of a three-part blog.
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October 10, 2017 - by Amber Wallin
When it comes to the census, it pays to be counted. The next big census is less than three years away, and a lot is at stake for New Mexico. Besides being used to determine voting districts, data from the 2020 census will translate to almost $3,000 coming into the state per person, per year for the next decade.
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September 20, 2017 - by Bill Jordan
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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