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The Line: Housing, Jobs, And The Economy

March 2, 2018 – Does New Mexico need more affordable housing? The new federal tax bill that was signed into law last year kills incentives that had lowered the tax rate for corporations to encourage them to invest in affordable housing projects. And even with affordable housing, a decent-paying job is still important. But New Mexico’s unemployment rate is at 6 percent – almost two points above the national rate of 4.1 percent. Gene Grant and the Line panelists look at some of the reasons why New Mexicans are struggling with food and housing in this economic climate.

Line Panelists:
Martha Burk, political psychologist, women’s issues expert, and radio commentator
Tom Garrity, president and CEO of The Garrity Group PR
Stephanie Maez, executive director of ProgressNow New Mexico
Stephen Spitz, host of New Mexico People Places and Ideas on KUNM

For further reading:
Tax overhaul puts pressure on affordable housing – by Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican
Impact of proposed SNAP cuts would be huge in New Mexico – by Matthew Reichbach, NM Political Report

New Mexico Voices for Children And The Latest KIDS COUNT Data


January 18, 2018 – This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with Bill Jordan from New Mexico Voices for Children to discuss the latest KIDS COUNT Data Book, released this month to coincide with the start of the legislative session. The report shows improvements in some areas, but our state is still at the bottom of the nation in nearly all measures of child and family well-being.

Guest: Bill Jordan, New Mexico Voices for Children

Additional Resources:
NM ranked 49th in child well-being – Albuquerque Journal