More than 5 million children in the United States have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, including 52,000 kids in New Mexico—10 percent of New Mexico’s child population—according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
New Mexico Voices for Children today cheered President Obama’s designation of the Sewall-Belmont House in Washington, D.C., as the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument. The historic residence was the epicenter of the Suffragist Movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Our state is at the epicenter of this important issue. In October 2014, NASA found a methane “hot spot” the size of Delaware hovering over the San Juan Basin. According to oil and gas industry data, the industry polluted more than 222,000 metric tons of methane in that region alone, and we believe that that is likely a conservative estimate.
Kim Posich, the executive director of the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, will be honored with the Patty Jennings and Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy Award on Friday, April 1 during a comedy benefit.
A new report released by the Western Values Project finds that New Mexico lost upwards of $52.2 million in tax revenue since 2010 due to oil and gas companies wasting several hundred million dollars in natural gas annually.
Despite the fact that a large share of New Mexico’s workforce is employed by small businesses, 70 percent of the state’s economic development subsidies goes to large companies. That’s one of the conclusions of a report released yesterday by Good Jobs First, a Washington, DC-based think tank focused on economic development.
Nearly 50 percent of private-sector workers in New Mexico do not receive paid sick leave benefits at their jobs. This means that these workers cannot stay home or see a doctor when they or a family member are ill without losing wages. This is just one of the many reasons that poverty is so persistent in New Mexico. That’s among the conclusions of the report “Valuing Families at Work: The Case for Paid Sick Leave” being released today by New Mexico Voices for Children.
New Mexico has the highest rate of child poverty, the highest unemployment, and the third highest child hunger. We simply cannot deal with the current revenue crisis by cutting programs and services for children, which would exacerbate these already critical problems.
Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding the FY 2017 budget that was passed: "We are gravely disappointed with the budget that was passed in the just-concluded session. We need a budget that prioritizes New Mexico’s children and families."
Dr. Veronica C. García, Ed.D., executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, issued the following statement regarding legislation (SB 281) that would reinstate the gross receipts tax on the purchase of food for consumption at home: “We are deeply concerned that legislation has been introduced that would increase the cost of buying groceries for New Mexico families.