Legislative Briefings

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
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
New Mexico will never attract companies with good-paying jobs unless we invest more in developing our workforce. But cuts in spending on higher education and the subsequent tuition increases have made college less affordable than ever. This fact sheet looks at a few steps the state can take to make college more affordable. (A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet; Jan. 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
New Mexico has long ranked at the bottom of the 50 states on overall child well-being. However, in some of the 16 indicators of child well-being, it would take just a small change to move our state up in the rankings. This series of fact sheets looks at what it would take to move the needle on each indicator (A KIDS COUNT special report; Jan. 2017; pdf) 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
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
This fact sheet, created in support of raising New Mexico's version of the EITC, shows that many of the people campaigning for president support the federal tax credit, which has long been acknowledged as one of the most effective government tools against poverty. (Fact sheet; Feb. 2016) Read more
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