Apr 06 2018

Imagine not being counted

2018-06-08T15:41:21-06:00Blog Posts, Human Rights/Civic Participation Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

The recent decision to include a question on citizenship status in the 2020 decennial Census is certain to increase the number of people who won’t respond to the census. And that’s exactly the political motivation behind the decision to include a question that hasn’t been asked since 1950. This change will be particularly bad for New Mexico.

Jan 13 2018

Prosperity is not possible without investment

2018-05-02T16:28:28-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

We all want a prosperous state, but prosperity requires investments. You can’t grow a garden without good soil, sunlight, water, and some hard work. Same with a state—you can’t have prosperity without resources, infrastructure, and a skilled workforce. But instead of following an investment strategy to prosperity, New Mexico has tried to cut its way to prosperity.

Oct 10 2017

Democracy and lots of money are at stake for New Mexico in the upcoming census

2018-04-03T12:39:04-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Human Rights/Civic Participation Blog, Kids Count Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

When it comes to the census, it pays to be counted. The next big census is less than three years away, and a lot is at stake for New Mexico. Besides being used to determine voting districts, data from the 2020 census will translate to almost $3,000 coming into the state per person, per year for the next decade.

Jun 08 2017

Kansas’ Experiment Yields Valuable Lessons

2018-06-14T18:19:36-06:00Blog Posts, Tax and Budget Blog|

Kansas just wrapped up a 5-year experiment in governance from which the other 49 states can now glean some important lessons. The Kansas Legislature has voted to roll back much of the 2012 package of tax cuts that sent the state into a downward spiral of financial instability and weakened the Kansas’ public schools, universities, Medicaid program, and virtually everything else that the state funds.