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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Mar 30 2020

Report says New Mexico is prepared for a recession — in some ways

2020-03-31T15:52:55-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"It is especially important that New Mexico is relatively well-prepared to weather a recession because we will be harder hit than other states by lower oil and gas prices due to our over-reliance on that industry as a revenue source,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said in a statement.

Mar 26 2020

BLM grapples with public participation amid coronavirus pandemic, while some call for lease sales to be postponed

2020-03-26T11:41:16-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“While New Mexico families are focused on making sure their loved ones are safe and healthy during this fast-moving crisis, other problems are brewing at the state level that may cause pain for years to come. Plummeting oil and gas prices are draining the state budget of funds needed for public safety, health care, education, and more."

Mar 25 2020

We Can Prevent Neglect, Child Abuse by Working ‘Upstream’

2020-03-25T12:28:45-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

For the most part, I found New Mexico’s social workers to be kind, strong individuals. It also seemed evident that they are being asked to do one of the most difficult jobs in state government. Helping to decide the fate of children is no small matter, and even the best-intentioned decisions can go terribly wrong. 

Mar 25 2020

Trump Administration Should Postpone Oil and Gas Lease Sales Until Prices Stabilize

2020-03-25T09:57:44-06:00Press Releases|

While New Mexico families are focused on making sure their loved ones are safe and healthy during this fast-moving crisis, other problems are brewing at the state level that may cause pain for years to come. Plummeting oil and gas prices are draining the state budget of funds needed for public safety, health care, education, and more. Actions by the Trump Administration will make this long-term revenue crisis worse.

Mar 13 2020

Lawmakers must enact policies to lessen the economic harm of the coronavirus on New Mexico families

2020-03-13T18:08:55-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Health Blog|

On Wednesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took the necessary step of declaring a state of emergency in New Mexico in order to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As the state moves forward with immediate activity to address the health implications of this global pandemic, we also urge lawmakers to consider enacting policies that will help mitigate its economic fallout for families and children in New Mexico.    

Mar 12 2020

It’s Time to Repeal the Capital Gains Deduction

2020-03-12T14:37:38-06:00Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Policy brief New Mexico is one of just nine states to effectively tax capital gains less than the wages and salaries earned by hard-working New Mexicans. Beginning in 2003, those with capital gains income – who are overwhelmingly the wealthiest in New Mexico – were allowed to deduct 50 percent of their capital gains from their state income taxes. In 2019, legislators reduced the amount to 40 percent.