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The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. Learn more with this Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Feb. 2018) Read more
New Mexico has had one of the slowest job growth rates in the nation. But one industry is leading the way with new hires--and we have the Affordable Care Act, and specifically the Medicaid expansion, to thank for much of that. This fact sheet illustrates how health care jobs are good for the whole state. (Feb. 2018) Read more
Thanks to the Medicaid expansion, thousands more adults now have health care, but even though the number of people covered has increased significantly, the cost to cover them has not. (Feb. 2018) Read more
The Medicaid expansion hasn't just provided health care to thousands of New Mexico adults -- it's also been good for the state's bottom line. This fact sheet follows the money to show how this program has helped New Mexico's cash flow. (Feb. 2018) Read more
Prosperity requires investments. You can’t grow a garden without good soil, water, and some hard work. Same with a state—you can’t have prosperity without resources, infrastructure, and a skilled workforce. But New Mexico has tried to cut its way to prosperity and it hasn't worked. This brief offers several recommendations for raising revenue so lawmakers can invest in our state and its people. (Policy brief; Jan. 2018) Read more
The College Affordability Fund comprises some of the only need-based financial aid that the state makes available to low-income students. But the fund was raided in 2017 to fill budget holes in other areas. This fact sheet shows why the fund needs to be replenished. A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Jan. 2018) Read more
Updated! Learn the basics of New Mexico’s tax system—where the state gets its tax revenue to pay for public programs—in this simplified guide. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Sept. 2017) Read more
Both of the bills in Congress that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act include major threats to Medicaid that go beyond deep federal funding cuts. this fact sheet looks at some of the threats at both the state and federal levels and what they would mean for New Mexicans. (Fact sheet; updated Aug. 2017) Read more
For more than four decades, governments have used harsh criminal punishments as the primary tool to address the possession, use, and sales of illegal substances. Complex laws and regulations have been created to penalize drug use and the possession of controlled substances. These drug laws have resulted in disparate impacts for people of color. (Policy brief; July 2017) Read more
Learn the basics of the state’s general fund budget—what the state spends money on and how much goes where—in this companion to Advocate’s Guide to the New Mexico State Budget. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Mar. 2017) Read more
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