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January 21, 2018 - Searchlight New Mexico
“Have we made a difference in 30 years?” James Jimenez asked that question on the 30th anniversary of the founding of New Mexico Voices For Children. As the group’s executive director, he was grappling with how an agency formed to advocate for the state’s children should “celebrate” when the state is ranked near last in the nation in child well-being.
January 19, 2018 - KNME TV
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.
January 17, 2018 - Santa Fe New Mexican
Quality Counts comes just days after the personal finance website WalletHub issued a report calling New Mexico the worst state to raise a family and the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children released its annual Kids Count Data Book, showing a rise in poverty among the state’s children — to 29 percent — and a decline in the number of kids with health insurance.
January 16, 2018 - Las Cruces Sun-News
SANTA FE - Quality of life is low for children in New Mexico, according to a new report. The 2017 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book found more children are living in poverty, are without health insurance and are living in single-parent households than a year ago. The report from the New Mexico Voices for Children ranked New Mexico as the second-worst state in child well-being, saying 29 percent of New Mexico children live in poverty.
January 16, 2018 - Albuquerque Journal
“The main reason is that we don’t have a comprehensive plan, or any sort of plan for improving child well-being. That’s not a reflection of our economy, rather it’s a reflection of a lack of leadership on this issue. We need a coordinated campaign to move families out of poverty and ensure that families have opportunities that allow them to move themselves out of poverty.”
January 16, 2018 - Santa Fe New Mexican
“It’s a real mixed bag,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said of the report. “The encouraging thing is that some of the indicators are moving in the right direction, but clearly poverty continues to be a major concern … it can compromise a child’s long-term ability to thrive.”
January 16, 2018 - KOB TV
"There's some movement in the right direction. But when we compare ourselves to other states, we're not doing as well as we think we ought to be doing,” said NM Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez.
January 13, 2018 - New Mexico In Depth
We all want a prosperous state, but prosperity requires investments. You can’t grow a garden without good soil, sunlight, water, and some hard work. Same with a state—you can’t have prosperity without resources, infrastructure, and a skilled workforce. But instead of following an investment strategy to prosperity, New Mexico has tried to cut its way to prosperity.
January 12, 2018 - Santa Fe New Mexican
“It does provide a sort of snapshot, but I would also say it’s a bit of an incomplete snapshot because it doesn’t really show the resilience of New Mexico families and that how in really tough economic times, New Mexico families have been working hard to do well by their families,” said Jimenez, a former secretary of the state Department of Finance and Administration. “That’s sort of a piece that’s missing from it.”
January 8, 2018 - KOB TV
New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director James Jimenez said this ranking does not capture how resilient New Mexico families are. "I'm not going to dispute the data. There are some serious problems that our families are facing. But we also need to recognize that doesn't tell the full stories of what our families are doing to survive and what's been a really tough economy for New Mexico going on a decade now," he said.
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