Racial and Ethnic Equity

For more than four decades, governments have used harsh criminal punishments as the primary tool to address the possession, use, and sales of illegal substances. Complex laws and regulations have been created to penalize drug use and the possession of controlled substances. These drug laws have resulted in disparate impacts for people of color. (Policy brief; July 2017) Read more
Raising the minimum wage is an effective strategy for reducing poverty in New Mexico, particularly given the erosion of its purchasing power since it was last raised in 2009. This report looks at the demographics of the state’s minimum wage earners, as well as makes the case for indexing the wage to inflation. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; Jan. 2017) Read more
A PowerPoint presentation looking at how Black children fare in New Mexico. Includes findings from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Race for Results report, which shows that New Mexico's Black children fare better than Black kids across the nation in many indicators. (Aug. 2016) Read more
This special report looking at economic indicators and social conditions in New Mexico’s 22 tribal communities—including the high rate of Native children who can speak a language in addition to English. (A special KIDS COUNT report; Dec. 2012) Read more
While the income and unemployment gap between Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites had been closing in the three years leading up to the stock market crash, those gains were all lost in the resulting recession. This report looks at why Hispanics were harder hit by the downturn. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; Sept. 2012) Read more
A special KIDS COUNT report looking at the unique challenges immigrant children face as well as the strengths their families bring to this country. Includes stories by immigrants about their experiences. Two community briefs offer shorter, more ‘user-friendly’ versions—one in Spanish. (A KIDS COUNT report; June 2012) Read more
The second in our series on racial/ethnic disparities, this paper looks at how economic outcomes track in relation to race and ethnicity. (A Fiscal Policy Project report; June 2011) Read more
This special KIDS COUNT report is the first in a series on racial/ethnic disparities. It looks at some of the challenges faced by New Mexico’s minority youth and speaks to the need to understand and address the root causes. (A special KIDS COUNT report; Dec. 2010) Read more