Economic Security and Prosperity

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)
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
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
Created for a workshop presented at the Community Pantry in Gallup, this PowerPoint presentations looks at the negative impacts of taxing both food and nonprofits, and includes information about how to advocate with legislators on behalf of low-income and food-insecure New Mexicans and the nonprofits that serve them. (Dec. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint, presented to the Legislative Health & Human Services Committee, goes over KIDS COUNT data on child well-being and covers several policy recommendations that would help improve child well-being by helping improve family economic security. (Oct. 2017) Read more
Career pathways, programs that move non-traditional adult students along a continuum into post-secondary education, have shown real promise in other states. However, they require a systemic framework that aligns policies and funding for a comprehensive approach. This PowerPoint, presented to the SUN PATH Advisory Council, looks at funding sources, possible frameworks, and examples of effective career pathway programs in other states. (Sept. 2017) Read more
New Mexico's employment ratio--the percentage of the working-age population to the number of employed people--is the lowest it's been since 1976. It's also lower than neighboring states and the national average. (Infographic; Mar. 2017) Read more
The Earned Income Tax Credit has long been called the "best anti-poverty" measure to come out of Congress. New Mexico's state version, the Working Families Tax Credit, is also a powerful poverty-fighting. But legislators could make it better. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Feb. 2017) Read more
Myths abound when it comes to who earns the minimum wage. It's not teenagers looking for pocket change anymore. More and more minimum wage earners are older, have some education, and even have families. This one-pager looks at some of the most surprising facts about minimum wage earners. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; Jan. 2017) Read more
In New Mexico, the Working Families Tax Credit is one of the most sensible parts of our tax code: it encourages work, helps to raise hard-working families out of poverty, and benefits almost 300,000 children, while also pumping millions back into local communities. Increasing the credit is a smart investment in our businesses, working families, and future. (A Working Poor Families Project report; Jan. 2017) Read more
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