Publications

With the highest rate of child poverty in the nation, New Mexico is not providing the opportunities our children need to succeed. But the good news is that we can improve opportunities for New Mexico’s kids through public policy. This children's agenda for candidates in the 2018 election provides 30 policy recommendations that will help improve child well-being in New Mexico. Read more
Updated! Learn the ins and outs of working with your legislators to promote an important policy or cause. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; Updated March 2018) Read more
KIDS COUNT fact sheets with data for the 16 indicators of child well-being — such as child poverty, teen birth rate, etc. — as well as demographic data — such as population by race and ethnicity, median household income, etc. — for seven counties in northern New Mexico. (2018) Read more
The Lottery Scholarship—the state’s largest financial aid program—is not need-based even though New Mexico has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. What's more, it's not distributed in a way that helps many low-income students. Learn more with this Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Feb. 2018) Read more
New Mexico has had one of the slowest job growth rates in the nation. But one industry is leading the way with new hires--and we have the Affordable Care Act, and specifically the Medicaid expansion, to thank for much of that. This fact sheet illustrates how health care jobs are good for the whole state. (Feb. 2018) Read more
Thanks to the Medicaid expansion, thousands more adults now have health care, but even though the number of people covered has increased significantly, the cost to cover them has not. (Feb. 2018) Read more
The Medicaid expansion hasn't just provided health care to thousands of New Mexico adults -- it's also been good for the state's bottom line. This fact sheet follows the money to show how this program has helped New Mexico's cash flow. (Feb. 2018) Read more
Prosperity requires investments. You can’t grow a garden without good soil, water, and some hard work. Same with a state—you can’t have prosperity without resources, infrastructure, and a skilled workforce. But New Mexico has tried to cut its way to prosperity and it hasn't worked. This brief offers several recommendations for raising revenue so lawmakers can invest in our state and its people. (Policy brief; Jan. 2018) Read more
The College Affordability Fund comprises some of the only need-based financial aid that the state makes available to low-income students. But the fund was raided in 2017 to fill budget holes in other areas. This fact sheet shows why the fund needs to be replenished. A Working Poor Families Project fact sheet. (Jan. 2018) Read more
New Mexico is at a crossroads. At the federal level we're seeing unpredictability in how child-serving programs are funded and at the state level we're poised to elect a new governor. 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; Jan. 2018) Read more
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