Nov 08 2018

It’s time to repeal the capital gains deduction

2018-11-28T15:44:32-07:00Economic Security Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet A big tax break enacted in 2003 overwhelming goes to the highest-income earners – the people who are already paying the smallest share of their income in state and local taxes. It costs the state tens of millions of dollars a year and means that unearned income is taxed at a lower rate than money earned from wages. (State-level data on income levels, etc., of those that receive this tax deduction)

Oct 23 2018

Know the Numbers

2018-11-28T15:40:37-07:00Economic Security Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet New Mexico's annual budget has not kept up with inflation or population growth -- so we're expecting our schools, hospitals, first responders, and more to do what they've always done but with less money. This fact sheet looks at some of the ways the state could raise the revenue it needs to make the necessary investments while making our tax system more fair for hard-working families.

Oct 23 2018

Investing in a Healthier New Mexico

2018-11-28T15:42:41-07:00Economic 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)

Sep 27 2018

Winning the race to the bottom

2018-11-28T15:47:58-07:00Economic Security Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet How did New Mexico get to be last in the nation in child well-being and education? We engaged in 15 years of failed tax policies that prioritized cutting taxes for special interests over investing in our people. This fact sheet looks at what that strategy cost us. (State-level data on the cost of several tax cuts and how lost revenue translated to cuts in spending)

Apr 25 2018

Improving the best anti-poverty measure in New Mexico

2018-11-28T16:03:06-07:00Economic Security Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet New Mexico's Working Families Tax Credit works with the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, which has been hailed as one of the best anti-poverty, pro-job creation measures Congress has ever enacted. This fact sheet explains why this tax credit works so well and how New Mexico policymakers could make it even more effective. And it could all be paid for by ending an ineffective tax credit. (State-level data on the Working Families Tax Credit)

Jan 26 2018

A Blueprint for a Prosperous State

2018-06-17T14:28:16-06:00Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

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)

Dec 18 2017

The Impacts of Taxing Food & Non-Profits

2018-06-14T20:53:47-06:00Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Created for a workshop presented at the Community Pantry in Gallup, this PowerPoint presentation looks at the negative impacts of taxing both food and nonprofits, and includes information about how to advocate with legislators on behalf of low-income and food-insecure New Mexicans and the nonprofits that serve them. (Presentation; state- and county-level data on food insecurity)

Feb 28 2017

Tax cuts have cost New Mexico $516 million in lost revenue but unemployment remains high

2018-06-14T18:25:42-06:00Economic Security Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Corporate tax cuts backed by the Martinez administration were supposed to make New Mexico more "business friendly," which would bring jobs to the Land of Enchantment. Despite the high cost of these tax cuts--which has led to deep spending cuts in education, health care and public safety--unemployment in New Mexico remains stubbornly high. (Fact sheet)