Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy

In the world of revenue-estimates and budget-making, numbers can seem pretty abstract. This infographic takes a look at how the revenue provisions in HB 202 might actually be invested to stem more harmful spending cuts. (Infographic; Feb. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint presentation looks at New Mexico's budget problems and ways lawmakers could address the lack of revenue in order to avoid more harmful spending cuts. Presented to the League of Women Voters of NM. (Feb. 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
This PowerPoint looks at how reinstating the tax on groceries would impact the health of New Mexico’s already-food-insecure families. Presented at the NM Public Health Association’s Health Policy Legislative Forum. (Dec. 2016) Read more
After years of enacting ineffective tax breaks for profitable corporations and other special interests, New Mexico's tax system is broken and now fails to bring in the revenue needed to make the investments that create strong communities and a robust economy. This policy brief goes over the many ways lawmakers could bring in the money needed for our critical public investments. (A Fiscal Policy Project brief; Nov 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation on the status of child well-being in New Mexico, with a focus on child abuse, looking at policies that have negatively impacted child well-being and policy solutions that would improve it. Presented to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee. (Sept. 2016) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation giving a brief overview of how the state collects tax revenue and creates the operating budget, the reasons behind the current revenue shortfall, and a look at how the state's $14 billion Land Grant Permanent School Fund could be used to fund early childhood care and education programs. Presented to a coalition of early childhood care and education providers in Deming. (Aug. 2016) Read more
Faced with falling revenue and unwilling to raise taxes, New Mexico's Legislature made deep cuts in some critical programs. But, as this infographic shows, one area of the budget actually saw increases. (Infographic; March 2016) Read more
Cutting taxes in the hope that jobs will be created is a "race to the bottom" as state revenues decline and services like education, health care and public safety are cut. Investing in our state's human capital and infrastructure is a "race to the top" that will make New Mexico attractive to employers. (Infographic; Feb. 2016) Read more
Between the recent drop in oil and gas prices, the state's sluggish economy, and a decade worth of tax cuts, New Mexico is not bringing in enough revenue to properly fund services like education, health care and public safety. This fact sheet lays out several options lawmakers have for raising new revenue. (A Fiscal Policy Project fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
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