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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Mar 30 2021

New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Bill Eliminating Fines & Fees for Children

2021-04-01T15:00:28-06:00Press Releases|

“Virtually all of incarcerated youth in New Mexico – 99% – have experienced some form of trauma that influenced their decision making,” said Javier Rojo, Research and Policy Analyst with New Mexico Voices for Children. “Tacking court-ordered costs onto an already traumatic experience only adds stress to their lives. The elimination of fines and fees is a big step forward in creating a more just system that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment.”

Mar 26 2021

State and federal child tax credits improve equity for children of color in the state

2021-04-01T09:48:48-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Because 75 percent of New Mexico’s children are children of color and a disproportionate share of people of color live below the poverty level, the new tax credits that families will be able to collect will bring greater equity to New Mexico families and children of color, Jimenez said. “Tax policy is not race neutral,” he said.

Mar 26 2021

New Mexico schools expand in-person learning

2021-04-01T10:11:54-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“I can’t think of anything in my career that will have the impact on children that this bill will have. And, and I think it’s going to be incumbent upon all of us to follow through and follow the lives of these kids, and hold up the success stories that this creates,” said Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich on Thursday in a presentation alongside education advocates highlighting the Act.

Mar 25 2021

Sen. Heinrich, Advocates Praise American Rescue Plan, Expand on its Impact for New Mexico Families

2021-03-25T15:11:33-06:00Press Releases|

All of the speakers touched on the enormous reach of the ARPA and expressed the hope that the Child Tax Credit portion is made permanent. “This is such a far-reaching investment in our children,” said Jimenez. “Advocates like to say that a budget is a moral document. This is a moral statement about the importance of investing in our children.”

Mar 25 2021

New Mexico enacts tougher emissions rules on oil and gas, calls for 98 percent gas capture

2021-04-07T13:44:46-06:00Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We must not allow the oil and gas industry’s outsized impact on our state budget and economy to be an excuse to ignore the detrimental effects of fossil fuel dependency on our climate, our air quality, and the health of our families,” Jimenez said. “The final OCC rule banning routine venting and flaring is a good start.”

Mar 25 2021

How the American Rescue Plan Will Help New Mexico

2021-03-24T15:44:07-06:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact Sheet The American Rescue Plan Act will help New Mexico in a number of ways - income supports, housing and food assistance for families, and education and health care assistance for the state, cities, counties, and Tribes. This fact sheet looks specifically at how children of color - who have been disproportionately harmed by the pandemic - will be helped. (State-level estimates, some by race and ethnicity, on how many people will be impacted)

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