About Kwaku Sraha

Kwaku Sraha is NM Voices for Children's Financial Manager.
Sep 26 2013

When it comes to kids, it’s time for a ‘fierce urgency of now’

2024-03-14T16:20:02-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog|

When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at the March on Washington, he described a “fierce urgency of now.” He reminded a divided nation that we need one another, and that we are stronger when we march forward, together. “We cannot walk alone,” he said. “And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall march ahead. We cannot turn back.” A half century later, Dr. King’s words still have great meaning and life.

Apr 09 2013

Refundable tax credits: Good for low-income families and the economy

2018-04-03T12:39:39-06:00Blog Posts, Tax and Budget Blog|

Tax day is right around the corner, but some low-income New Mexico families will not file a return because they do not owe any income tax or are not getting a refund for taxes that were withheld from their earnings. That can be a big mistake. Many such families may qualify for refundable tax credits. “Refundable” means that working families can file and receive the credit even if they earn too little to pay taxes and/or are not getting a refund for taxes that were withheld from their earnings.

Jul 23 2012

What ObamaCare means for those who already have health insurance

2016-09-23T16:04:55-06:00Blog Posts, Health Blog|

After much anticipation, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—otherwise known as ObamaCare—by a 5-4 decision. While there is great confusion among the public about what the ACA will do to our nation’s health care delivery system, one easy way to understand the law is this: The ACA makes health insurance companies play fair. No more denying you coverage because of pre-existing conditions; no more dropping your coverage when you get sick; no more billing you into bankruptcy; and no more annual or lifetime limits—just to mention a few of the many benefits.

Dec 21 2011

This Christmas, what our children really need

2018-04-03T12:39:46-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Health Blog|

The number of children experiencing homelessness in New Mexico is growing fast. We have 16,260 homeless children—that’s enough kids to fill The Pit, UNM’s basketball arena. These children are often hungry, frequently sick, and always fearful of what each new day may bring. They never know how long they’ll stay in one place and many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or other emotional problems. They live in a world basically invisible to most of us. They have no power and no voice to be heard by the policy-makers who could help.

Sep 09 2011

Domenici, Daschle and Health Care Reform

2024-03-14T15:58:09-06:00Blog Posts, Health Blog|

Even as he paints a drab picture of the American health care system, Daschle was also optimistic about Americans’ future and what we can all do to address health care costs in this country. He emphasized that the issue is "emotional, very, very difficult and extremely challenging. What we do know is that we can’t afford to fail to fix the problems because at the current rate it is unsustainable.”

Aug 10 2011

Deficit Deal Spares Pell Grants but Cuts Stafford Loans

2024-03-14T15:54:21-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

The debt ceiling deal recently reached by the White House and Congress has some negative consequences for current and future college students who rely on some forms of federal financial aid to help pay educational costs. According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the debt deal cut overall financial aid funding by $4.6 billion through 2021. This will increase costs for students by nearly $7.4 billion from 2012 through 2016.

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