Tax Fairness and Budget Adequacy

Reinstatement on the tax on food is likely to come up in the 2017 legislative session even though New Mexico has the second highest rate of children who don't always have enough to eat. This infographic looks at food insecurity in New Mexico and which other states in the nation tax food. (Infographic/Fact Sheets; Dec. 2016) 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
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
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; updated Aug. 2017) 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
Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. The Medicaid expansion has been good for our economy. By increasing demand for health care, Medicaid has created some of the only job growth the state has seen over the last year. And job growth will likely remain strong in the years ahead. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
Some lawmakers have balked at fully funding Medicaid now that we have to start paying our share of the Medicaid expansion, but there are many reasons to do it. Actually, there more than 800,000 reasons to fully fund Medicaid—because that’s how many New Mexicans are able to receive health care thanks to the program. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
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