May 09 2018

The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

2018-05-09T06:00:58+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Education and Early Learning/Care, Education and Early Learning/Care Featured, Issue Areas, Publications, Reports|

How can a $1 raise in pay throw families into poverty? When they are at the ceiling for child care assistance eligibility, a tiny raise can mean they go from paying 18 percent of their income on child care to 38 percent. Work supports like child care assistance should help families achieve economic stability. But the sudden loss of benefits--called the cliff effect--can have the opposite effect. (May 2018) Read more

Apr 25 2018

Improving the best anti-poverty measure in New Mexico

2018-04-25T16:36:54+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Fact Sheets, Publications, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Featured|

New Mexico's Working Families Tax Credit works with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been hailed as one of the best anti-poverty, pro-job creation measures Congress has ever enacted. This fact sheet explains why this tax credit works so well and how New Mexico policymakers could make it even more effective. And it could all be paid for by ending an ineffective tax credit. (April 2018)

Apr 03 2018

New Mexico Kids at the Crossroads

2018-04-03T14:59:23+00:00 Briefs, Economic Security and Prosperity Featured, Education and Early Learning/Care Featured, Healthy and Safe Communities Featured, Legislative Briefings, Publications|

With the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, New Mexico is not providing the opportunities our children need to succeed. But the good news is that we can improve opportunities for New Mexico’s kids through public policy. This children's agenda for candidates in the 2018 election provides 30 policy recommendations that will help improve child well-being in New Mexico. Read more