Sep 01 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Well-Being in New Mexico

2020-09-22T16:42:42-06:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Fact sheet COVID-19 and the resulting recession have caused great hardship for many New Mexico children and their families. This fact sheet looks at some of the areas where children have been impacted, including their economic and food security, and education. (State-level data on various indicators of child well-being)

Jul 13 2020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico: The HEROES Act

2020-07-23T10:19:27-06:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Fact sheet (ninth in the series) The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession are wreaking havoc on New Mexico and have led to high unemployment. Federal funding is needed to help the state and local governments to ensure that health care, education, first responders, and other services continue uninterrupted. The HEROES Act could be that tool -- if it is passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by the president. (State-level data on unemployment)

Jul 13 2020

2020 Special Session Budget Summary

2020-07-13T16:26:35-06:00Education Publications, Health Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet The New Mexico Legislature was called into a special session on June 18 in order to address revenue shortfalls in the state budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and the global drop in oil prices. Although Congress had passed legislation to help the states, New Mexico still had to trim the budget lawmakers had passed in January 2020 by $580 million. This fact sheet shows what got cut and by how much.

Jun 29 2020

Taxing Groceries Would Make New Mexico’s Food Insecurity Problem Worse

2020-08-27T12:27:03-06:00Health Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Fact sheet Despite the state having high rates of food insecurity, some lawmakers still talk about bringing back the tax on groceries. This may become an especially easy target as lawmakers look to replace state revenue that has been wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic, economy downturn, and drop in oil prices. Here's why they shouldn't. (State-level data on child food insecurity, SNAP usage, and more.)

Jun 24 2020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico: Health Care

2020-08-27T13:02:55-06:00Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet (eighth in the series) Health care should be universally available in a global pandemic. While the U.S. still seems to be years away from joining the rest of the wealthy nations in guaranteeing this basic right, Congress did approve some financial assistance to states for their Medicaid programs. (State-level data on rates of uninsurance and Medicaid enrollment)

May 07 2020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico: Food Assistance

2020-07-14T11:13:46-06:00Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Fact sheet (second in the series) With food insecurity already a big problem before the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic slump has only made it worse. Some of the federal aid packages passed by Congress allow states to expand their SNAP programs, which will help. This fact sheet looks at what this means for New Mexico. (State-level data on food insecurity)

Jan 29 2020

Ensuring New Mexico’s Kids Have Enough to Eat

2020-02-28T11:49:11-07:00Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet New Mexico children face major challenges when it comes to having enough food to eat, but there are common-sense policy solutions that we can take to end food insecurity and improve children's health, well-being, and opportunities to reach their full potential. (State-level data on childhood food insecurity)

Nov 25 2019

Only Wealthy Immigrants Need Apply: The Chilling Effects of “Public Charge”

2019-12-04T15:09:16-07:00Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Policy brief The Trump Administration is trying to change an immigration rule that would harm families and children -- even those family members and kids who are U.S. citizens. This policy brief, co-released with the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York, takes a look at how changes to "public charge" would harm families and New Mexico's economy. (State-level data on fiscal and economic impacts of federal rule change.)

Oct 29 2019

The Working Families Tax Credit is a Smart Investment in a Healthier New Mexico

2020-01-10T12:26:09-07:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact Sheet Improving the Working Families Tax Credit would put more money back into the hands of New Mexico’s hard-working families – and the businesses where they will spend it. (State-level data on Working Families Tax Credit recipients.)

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