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Sep 012020

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

Economic 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 302020

124,000 New Mexicans Could Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments

Economic Security Publications, Publications|

Fact sheet The stimulus checks that went out as part of the federal COVID-19 relief can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families most impacted by the pandemic, providing money to help them pay bills, cover necessary expenses, and pay for the things they need most right now. The money would also give state and local economies a much-needed boost.

Jul 132020

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

Economic 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 132020

2020 Special Session Budget Summary

Education 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 292020

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

Health 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 242020

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

Health 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)

Jun 102020

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

Economic Security Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Fact sheet (seventh in the series) Poverty, the lack of affordable housing, and other aspects of housing insecurity were already problematic in New Mexico before the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. If these additional challenges push families into crowded housing or homelessness, the risk of contagion will increase. Federal stimulus has helped, but much more is needed. (State-level data on housing challenges and poverty)

May 302020

A Guide to New Mexico’s State Budget

Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Budget Guide Our state budget is a reflection of what we value most and an illustration of the kind of communities we wish to create. How we spend and allocate funding – basically, how we make our values a reality – is decided by the lawmakers we elect to represent us in Santa Fe. They create the annual budget that the state uses to provide services that benefit us collectively, like education and health care. (Link to the executive summary here.)

May 212020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico: Education

Education Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Fact sheet (sixth in the series) New Mexico's schools, colleges, and universities have been under-resourced for more than a decade. While the state did increase funding for the past two years, the pandemic and recession will make it difficult to keep our education budgets whole. Federal funding will help, but more will be needed. (State-level data on K-12 funding levels and child care enrollment)

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