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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
May 26 2021

New Mexico stuck with $8 billion in cleanup for oil wells, highlighting dangers from fossil fuel dependence

2021-06-02T15:00:50-06:00Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The state has long suffered from the roller coaster cycles of extractive industry, according to James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a health, education, and economic advocacy organization. “We’ve made policy choices in boom times that have really exacerbated our over-dependence on oil and natural gas revenues,” Jimenez told DeSmog.

May 20 2021

Child Advocates: State Cannot Continue to Leave Taxpayers on Hook for Cleaning Up After the Oil and Gas Industry

2021-05-20T10:37:06-06:00Press Releases|

“New Mexico already has more than 700 abandoned wells that need to be plugged and the land restored at a cost of millions. Meanwhile, these orphaned wells are likely polluting our air, land, and water. Another 529 wells are at risk of becoming orphaned just on New Mexico’s federal public lands alone. This will leave our children with a terrible legacy of environmental degradation, the health problems created by pollution, and the extraordinary cost to clean it all up. That’s not the kind of future we should be preparing to leave New Mexico’s children.

May 19 2021

Back to the well

2021-05-20T15:14:49-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We have oil and gas, and so we have chosen to provide tax cuts in other areas,” said Bill Jordan, the government relations officer at New Mexico Voices for Children, an advocacy group. “Other states have figured out how to pay the bills … and they do it without oil and gas.”

May 14 2021

Residents must file tax returns by Monday to get latest stimulus

2021-05-19T15:51:36-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“We know that the pandemic has been particularly hard on undocumented or mixed-status families,” Jimenez said. “… Just having a little bit of money to help pay the current bill, but maybe even get themselves out of debt a little bit, I think, is one of the most positive things that we are hoping will happen.”

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