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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Mar 22 2021

Lottery Scholarship funding measure headed to gov’s desk

2021-04-01T09:54:39-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“The lottery-based scholarships that are being provided are not addressing where the real need is,” James Jimenez, the executive director of NM Voices, said. “For a child of color born in New Mexico, there's a higher chance that child will live in poverty than a white child ... I think we need to do a much better job of directing aid toward families of color, (and) more specifically, low to moderate income families.”

Mar 15 2021

A Guide to New Mexico’s State Budget: Executive Summary

2021-03-16T13:31:51-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Executive summary Our state budget is a reflection of what we value most and an illustration of the kind of communities we wish to create. How we spend and allocate funding – basically, how we make our values a reality – is decided by the lawmakers we elect to represent us in Santa Fe. They create the annual budget that the state uses to provide services that benefit us collectively, like education and health care. (Link to the full Guide to New Mexico's State Budget here)

Mar 15 2021

A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System: Executive Summary

2021-03-16T12:11:28-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Executive summary The taxes we all pay are how we fund the state’s programs and public services that benefit us collectively. They are how we build our roads, bridges, waterlines, electrical grids, and how we educate our children, advance public health, and uphold our laws. These programs and services form the foundation of our economy, enhance our quality of life, and pay dividends far into the future. (Link to the full Guide to New Mexico's Tax System here)

Mar 15 2021

The HB 291 tax package will make our tax system more racially equitable

2021-03-15T12:04:18-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

Like other public policy, tax policy can either advance or hinder racial and ethnic equity. It is never race-neutral. As the legislative session enters its final week, one important tax bill - HB 291 - is still being debated. There are numerous reasons to support (it raises revenue and makes our tax system more stable, among others), but one reason has particular meaning in a state where people of color comprise the majority of the population. This blog explains.

Mar 13 2021

Investments necessary for a fair, rapid economic recovery

2021-03-15T12:19:39-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New Mexico was beginning to move forward on a path to more broadly shared prosperity. The pandemic and recession seem to have put some of that progress on hold. But they don’t have to. We can continue to move in the right direction if we ensure we have adequate and sustainable revenue that is raised in a way that is fair.

Mar 11 2021

A Guide to New Mexico’s State Budget

2021-03-16T12:33:01-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Budget Guide Updated in March 2021, our Budget Guide explains how the state spends and allocates funding. The state budget is a reflection of what we value most and an illustration of the kind of communities we wish to create. The lawmakers we elect to represent us in Santa Fe create the annual budget that the state uses to provide services that benefit us collectively, like education and health care. (Link to the executive summary here)

Mar 11 2021

A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System

2021-03-16T12:31:56-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Tax Guide Updated in March 2021, our tax guide explain the state's tax system, which is used to fund the state’s programs and public services that benefit us collectively. Taxes are how we build our roads, bridges, waterlines, electrical grids, and how we educate our children, advance public health, and uphold our laws. These programs and services form the foundation of our economy, enhance our quality of life, and pay dividends far into the future. (Link to the executive summary here.)

Mar 09 2021

Ending Childhood Food Insecurity in New Mexico

2021-03-09T10:51:24-07:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Report New Mexico's childhood food insecurity rate has long been at or near the highest in the nation. The pandemic and resulting recession only made it worse. This report looks at why food insecurity is such a problem in New Mexico, how it impacts children and families, and what the state can do about it. (State- and county-level data on food and economic insecurity)

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