Feb 07 2019

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

2019-02-08T14:48:28+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Publications|

Fact Sheet Increasing the Working Families Tax Credit would put another $52 million back into the hands of New Mexico’s hard-working families – and the businesses where they will spend it. It also has been shown to improve school performance and health, among other outcomes.

Feb 05 2019

New Mexico’s Working Families Tax Credit and the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit

2019-02-05T14:08:09+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Report Tax credits for low- and moderate-income working families are a common-sense way to spur economic activity by putting money into the hands of consumers who will spend it. They have also been shown to improve health outcomes. These are just some of the reasons New Mexico should increase its Working Families Tax Credit. (State-, county- and legislative district-level data on who claims the WFTC and how much they receive)

Jan 20 2019

A new Child Tax Credit would put us on the road to a stronger New Mexico

2019-02-13T11:58:14+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet New Mexico’s tax system is upside down—most New Mexico families pay more than twice the rate in state and local taxes than the wealthiest pay. A new state-level Child Tax Credit would help hard-working families and make our tax system more fair. (State-level data on how this tax credit would benefit families)

Jan 15 2019

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book

2019-01-22T10:44:26+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Report After ten years of austerity, New Mexico has fallen to last in the nation in child well-being. The state also lost a lawsuit claiming that it is not meeting its constitutional obligation when it comes to public education. It's time to change course. This annual publication reports the latest data on child well-being in New Mexico to help us choose the path forward. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, tribal-, and school district-level data on indicators of child well-being; data by race and ethnicity where available)

Dec 13 2018

New Mexico Should NOT Tax Food

2018-12-13T11:12:33+00:00 Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Infographic/fact sheet Some legislators have introduced bills that would put the state's sales tax (the gross receipts tax, or GRT) on food purchased at the grocery store. This is a bad idea -- even if it's done as part of an effort to lower the overall GRT rate. With New Mexico's high rates of food insecurity and poverty, a tax on food will hurt even those families who receive SNAP, because these benefits are not intended to meet a family's entire food need. (State-level data on food insecurity, SNAP usage, trade-offs families must make, and an opinion poll on the issue)

Oct 23 2018

Investing in a Healthier New Mexico

2018-11-28T15:42:41+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Report The Medicaid expansion, as part of the Affordable Care Act, has been very good for New Mexico. Not only are tens of thousands of New Mexicans able to access health care, the program has brought billions into the state that has created thousands of jobs, economic activity, and tax revenue. (State-level data on the number of jobs created, economic activity, and tax revenue as a result of the expansion)

Oct 10 2018

Proposed Changes to Public Charge: What You Need to Know

2018-11-28T15:46:11+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications|

Fact sheet Rumors about proposed rule changes on the use of public benefits and immigration applications have many immigrants and their families worried about using programs like WIC, SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, and energy assistance. Do not give up important benefits that your family needs, like food assistance and health care, based on rumors and fear. Be informed so you can make the right choice for you and your family.

Aug 29 2018

New Mexicans are Worth More: Raising the State’s Minimum Wage

2018-11-28T15:53:35+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Report New Mexico's minimum wage has not been raised in nearly a decade. Worth $7.50 an hour back in 2009, it now has the purchasing power of $6.30. Nearly a quarter of a million workers and more than 100,000 children would benefit from an increase in the state minimum wage. (A Working Poor Families Project report; state-level data on selected demographics of low-wage workers)

Jun 27 2018

New Mexico’s 2018 KIDS COUNT profile

2018-11-28T15:56:28+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications|

State data sheet New Mexico has fallen to 50th in the nation in child well-being after ranking 49th for the past four years. This state profile shows how our children are faring on the 16 indicators of child well-being used in the national KIDS COUNT rankings. (State-level data on indicators of child well-being)

Jun 22 2018

The Well-Being of Black Children in New Mexico

2018-11-28T16:00:41+00:00 Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Kids Count Publications, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

This presentation, given at the NM Office of African American Affairs' Black Child Wellness Summit, introduces our Well-Being of Black Children in New Mexico special KIDS COUNT report on how New Mexico's Black children are doing on some 20 indicators of child well-being.