Human Rights and Civic Participation

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.
Updated! Learn the ins and outs of working with your legislators to promote an important policy or cause. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; Updated March 2018) Read more
Updated! Learn the basics of New Mexico’s tax system—where the state gets its tax revenue to pay for public programs—in this simplified guide. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Sept. 2017) Read more
Learn the basics of the state’s general fund budget—what the state spends money on and how much goes where—in this companion to Advocate’s Guide to the New Mexico State Budget. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Mar. 2017) Read more
This PowerPoint, presented at the 2016 SEED Conference, looks at some of the economic issues around food insecurity, policy solutions to address them, and tips for advocating on behalf of food-insecure families. (June 2016) Read more
Issues that impact children never get the attention they deserve—even at election time. We’ve outlined the top children’s issues—and some of the policies needed to address them—in this concise resource for voters and candidates. (Voters' Guide; Aug. 2012) Read more
Implementing a photo ID requirement for voters could cost New Mexico $3.5 million over three years. Because investigations by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office have found very little in the way of voter fraud, such legislation is more likely an attempt at voter suppression. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; April 2012) Read more
Updated for the November 2010 election, this guide offers concise descriptions of many children’s issues. (Voter Guide; 2010) Read more
Designed as a companion to the Citizen’s Guide to the New Mexico State Budget, this guide is written for people who are interested in advocating for General Fund monies for operating and programmatic purposes. (A Fiscal Policy Project publication; updated Aug. 2990) Read more