-Population Estimate – 2022 Census = 2,109,093
-New Mexico poverty rate is 18.2%. National average is 14.6%
-New Mexico’s poverty rate, nationally, ranks 2nd , Mississippi ranks 1st
-1 in 4.9 people in New Mexico lives in poverty
-Child poverty in New Mexico is 49th in the nation (25% of children)
-Food insecurity is 14.2%
-Our status quo Governor/Legislature are not bringing jobs to New Mexico
-Generous parental unemployment benefits are discouraging people from going back to work
-Minimum wage is $11.50/hour – “Mom and Pop” shops are being forced to close due to the increasing minimum wage. As a result their jobs are going away.
WHAT TO DO?
Elect candidates that are innovators with "know how"
*Center on Poverty and Social Policy, Columbia University, March 2021