May 09 2018

Cliff Effect Fact Sheet

2018-05-09T11:09:29+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Education and Early Learning/Care, Fact Sheets, Issue Areas, Publications|

This fact sheet for The Cliff Effect: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back sums up the report's basic message about how the sudden loss of benefits like child care assistance--called the cliff effect--can act as a disincentive for hard-working families trying to lift themselves out of poverty. Also includes policy recommendations for mitigating the cliff effect. (Fact sheet; May 2018)

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 30 2018

Moving the Needle on Child Well-Being

2018-04-30T16:00:39+00:00 Economic Security and Prosperity, Education and Early Learning/Care, Healthy and Safe Communities, Home Tab 2, Issue Areas, Kids Count, Publications, Reports|

New Mexico has a long and proud history of cutting-edge innovation in many fields, so making progress on child well-being is within our reach if we fully commit to it. This report lays out the ways in which we can move the needle on child well-being by enacting smart public policies.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 17 2018

Celebrate Democracy: It’s Tax Day!

2018-04-17T06:05:15+00:00 Blog Posts, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Blog, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Featured|

Call me crazy but I really enjoy Tax Day because I am truly proud to pay taxes. If voting during Election Day is a self-expression of our values, then filing our tax returns on Tax Day is the method through which we celebrate those values. Taxes provide the resources to make shared investments in the things we all care about like a cleaner environment, public health, and quality schools.

Apr 06 2018

Imagine not being counted

2018-04-06T15:33:57+00:00 Blog Posts, Human Rights and Civic Participation, Human Rights and Civic Participation Blog, Human Rights and Civic Participation Featured, Issue Areas, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Blog, Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy Featured|

The recent decision to include a question on citizenship status in the 2020 decennial Census is certain to increase the number of people who won’t respond to the census. And that’s exactly the political motivation behind the decision to include a question that hasn’t been asked since 1950. This change will be particularly bad for New Mexico.