Saturday, October 23, 2021


Some states entice people back to the workplace by increasing safety standards and higher minimum wage; Bannon held in Contempt of Congress; and the latest cyber security concerns.


House votes to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress; Trump announces new social media platform TRUTH Social; and the Biden administration says it will continue to expel migrants under Title 42.


An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

Report: Improved Tax Policies Would Help Fix NM's Racial Inequity


Thursday, December 17, 2020   

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- New Mexico could use the inequities revealed by the coronavirus pandemic to overhaul tax policy and create a more fair-minded future for its residents, according to a new report.

Paige Knight, research and policy analyst at New Mexico Voices for Children, said people may not associate systemic racism with tax policies, but they often benefit some groups while disadvantaging others.

She noted the state's highest-income earners and large corporations received tax cuts based on the trickle-down economics school of thought that never resulted in promised jobs or other benefits for the majority of residents.

"Ultimately, these rather ineffective and unnecessary tax cuts to the wealthy and well-connected in New Mexico; they've really starved our schools and our health-care system of important funding," Knight argued.

The New Mexico Voices for Children 2020 report recommends lawmakers create an equitable budget and tax code to ensure the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. It also encourages the state to enact targeted policies and tax cuts for families struggling financially.

Knight noted schools, hospitals and infrastructure benefit all New Mexicans, but not everyone is asked to share equal responsibility to support such facilities and improvements.

"New Mexicans who earn low and moderate incomes, who are primarily families of color, they pay a much greater share of their income in state and local taxes than do the state's highest-income earners who are disproportionately white," Knight observed.

Knight added legislation passed in 2019 raised the tax rate for those in the top 3% of earners and improved the overall equity of the tax code, but more remains to be done.

She contended if targeted tax credits and rebates were provided for families struggling financially, families could more quickly achieve financial security.

Disclosure: New Mexico Voices for Children/KIDS COUNT contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Early Childhood Education, Human Rights/Racial Justice, and Poverty Issues. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.

get more stories like this via email
California has collected more than 600 tons of unwanted prescription drugs since the Take-Back Day program began in 2010. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

Health and Wellness

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when the Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to clean out …

Health and Wellness

BALTIMORE - This month marks the four-year anniversary of the #MeToo movement, and an art project aims to help incarcerated survivors heal by telling …

Social Issues

OGDEN, Utah - Utah is one of only a handful of states that taxes food, but one state legislator says taxing groceries should become a thing of the …

In a new poll, 71% of all registered voters support strengthening rules to reduce oil and gas methane pollution, including 73% of Independents and 50% of Republicans. (Adobe Stock)


CASPER, Wyo. - A strong majority of voters across party lines say they want national rules similar to those passed in Wyoming to reduce methane …

Health and Wellness

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although COVID-19 rates have gone down, the virus continues to hit the Hispanic community especially hard. Now, a new campaign aims …

Gov. Tom Wolf already has increased the minimum wage for state employees and contractors, which is set to reach $15 an hour by July 2024. (Gov. Tom Wolf/Flickr)

Social Issues

PITTSBURGH - As businesses across the country deal with a massive labor shortage, Pennsylvania aims to entice people back to the workplace by …


ALBANY, N.Y. - Environmental groups want Gov. Kathy Hochul to sign a bill that mandates monitoring the state's drinking water for "emerging …

Health and Wellness

BEND, Ore. - Veterans returning home sometimes struggle to find a place where they feel like they belong. In Central Oregon, a ranch is supporting …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021