New Mexico Ranks Toward Bottom of the Nation in Funding
ALBUQUERQUE, NM— New Mexico is one of several states that have failed to increase their total per-student funding compared to a decade ago, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). While 26 states have made larger investments in their K-12 students since 2008, per-student funding in New Mexico remained 9 percent less in 2016 than in 2008, after adjusting for inflation.
ALBUQUERQUE — The impending closure of the San Juan coal-fired power plant and mine does not have to signal economic doom for the small town of Waterflow, NM, where the plant is located.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—In a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, it would make sense to ensure that state financial aid goes to those who need assistance but that is not the case according to a report released today by New Mexico Voices for Children. Part of the solution is for the state Legislature to immediately replenish the College Affordability Fund from the budget surplus now available.
Nearly 90 percent of New Mexicans polled oppose food tax
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—A recent poll of 804 New Mexicans who are likely voters in the 2020 election shows that 87 percent oppose reinstating the tax on food, with 74 percent of all respondents strongly opposing the idea.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the failure of Congress to move a public lands package that included the permanent reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF):
New series from New Mexico Voices for Children explores options for state policymakers.
A historically large share of the nation’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few, reducing opportunities for millions of Americans and reinforcing barriers that make it harder for people of color to make gains. These inequities are made worse by most state tax systems – including New Mexico’s. By designing better tax policy, state lawmakers can help spread opportunity more widely and build more broadly shared prosperity.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the just-concluded 2018 midterm elections:
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—A new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) finds that the lowest-income New Mexicans pay a state and local tax rate that is almost double what the state’s wealthiest residents pay as a share of their income.
Funding Cuts Are Shortchanging Future Generations
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – New Mexico’s inadequate public investment in higher education over the last decade has contributed to rising tuition, often leaving students with little choice but to take on more debt or give up on their dreams of going to college. The problem is especially serious for Black, Hispanic, and low-income students.
New Casey Foundation report illuminates needs and barriers facing New Mexico’s young parents and their children
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With limited access to opportunities to advance their education and find family-sustaining jobs, New Mexico’s 33,000 young adult parents face hurdles to support their children and fulfill their own potential, according to Opening Doors for Young Parents, the latest KIDS COUNT® policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.