Briefs

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 2917) Read more
A budget impasse? A tax overhaul? Veto overrides? Many complex issues will be discussed and resolved in a very short amount of time during the special legislative session beginning May 24, 2017. We've gathered together and posted here numerous resources to help you makes sense of it all. 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
This PowerPoint looks at some possible funding sources for New Mexico's child abuse prevention programs, as well as presents the NM S.A.F.E. campaign as a good model for determining if legislation would protect future victims from violent crime. Presented at the UNM Health Sciences Center’s conference, Childhood Adversity: The impact of Maltreatment—Definitions, Prevention and Intervention Strategies. (Feb. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint looks at some of the data on child well-being in New Mexico as well as the public policies that cause and could alleviate many of our state’s problems. Presented to the Native American Professional Parent Resources staff. (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 that looks are some of the reasons child hunger is so pervasive in New Mexico as well as policy solutions from our NM KIDS are COUNTing on Us campaign that would help. Presented at the Interfaith Hunger Coalition's Hunger 101 Workshop in Albuquerque. (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
A PowerPoint presentation looking at how Black children fare in New Mexico. Includes findings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Race for Results report, which shows that New Mexico's Black children fare better than Black kids across the nation in many indicators. (Aug. 2016) Read more
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