Why New Mexico is #1 in Inequality

Stark and growing income inequality between the richest and poorest Americans has become the #1 issue in the country. You might think that New Mexico’s “inequality gap” would be in the middle of the pack since our overall median income is so low. You would be wrong. According to the latest data from the Center for Budget and Policy the gap between New Mexico’s richest and poorest households is worst in the nation. Why is this and what can be done about it? Joining host Stephen Spitz to delve into our income gap and possible solutions are two genuine experts. UNM Sociology Professor Nancy Lopez is co-founder and co-director of the Institute for the study of Race and Social Justice whose purpose is to ameliorate race-based inequality. UNM Economics Professor Melissa Binder works on income security and poverty in the United States. Produced with assistance of Jefferson White and Lynn Schibeci.

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