Briefs

With the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, New Mexico is not providing the opportunities our children need to succeed. But the good news is that we can improve opportunities for New Mexico’s kids through public policy. This children's agenda for candidates in the 2018 election provides 30 policy recommendations that will help improve child well-being in New Mexico. 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
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 2017) 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
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