Dec 23 2021

This tax season will bring nice surprises for many New Mexico families

2022-01-05T11:37:36-07:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

When you file your tax return this winter, you may be in for a very nice surprise. Thanks to the leadership of state legislators and Governor Lujan Grisham, New Mexico enacted several improvements in two tax credits that help those New Mexicans who need it most.

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.

Dec 07 2020

How the Affordable Care Act has helped make New Mexico families healthier (part 2)

2021-01-06T16:02:18-07:00Blog Posts, Health Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog|

Since it was implemented in 2010, the ACA has faced strong opposition from Republicans. Although attempts to repeal the ACA have been unsuccessful, the Trump Administration has been highly effective at weakening the ACA by undermining its provisions. This includes making it more difficult to enroll in coverage by adding more administrative hurdles for eligibility and cutting the budget for outreach and enrollment.

Jul 06 2020

COVID-19: 3 Policy Principles to Advance Equity

2020-10-15T16:49:30-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Health Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

Over the past few months, the resiliency and strength of communities all across New Mexico have been in full view as people come together to support each other through the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the pandemic has caused disproportionate harm to communities of color, worsening disparities in health and economic well-being. Just as public policies entrenched systemic racism, they can be used to dismantle it.

Sep 18 2019

Advancing Equity in New Mexico: Education

2019-09-18T10:22:20-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog|

The decision in the Yazzie/Martinez education lawsuit was a watershed moment for the state of New Mexico, allowing us to finally address the chronic under-funding of our public schools and to tailor them to meet the cultural and linguistic needs of our children. And while the Legislature did provide more money for the system, they failed to meet the judge's order.

Sep 05 2019

Rule change is a moral outrage we must not tolerate for our nation’s children

2019-09-17T11:25:47-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Human Rights/Civic Participation Blog, Racial and Ethnic Equity Blog|

This revision is not acceptable, it targets immigrant families who are already residing legally in the United States, and it does not reflect America’s historical tradition of welcoming those seeking to make a better life. But there is still time stop this rule from being implemented.

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