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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Jan 16 2020

Voices for Children’s annual report finds state stagnant, urges sustained investment in youth

2020-01-21T14:59:30-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Kids Count is right to point out the enormous challenges facing our state’s early childhood services system,” Groginsky said. “We know that high-quality health and educational programs for children deliver an astonishing return on investment,” she added, “including significant gains in nearly every area we care about: education, health, employment, and social and emotional behavior.”

Jan 15 2020

New Mexico child poverty ranking back to 49th in nation, Kids Count report finds

2020-01-21T15:09:17-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We’re clearly not adequately providing (opportunities) for children of color, who make up the largest segment of our child population,” New Mexico Voices for Children executive director James Jimenez said. “When we’re OK with the fact that so many of our children lack the opportunities they need to be successful, we really paint a dire picture for the future.”

Jan 15 2020

2019 New Mexico KIDS COUNT Data Book

2020-01-15T11:18:35-07:00Featured Content, Kids Count Featured, Kids Count Publications, Local Data, Publications, Racial and Ethnic Equity Publications|

Report We're seeing good news and bad news in this annual publication of the latest data on child well-being in New Mexico. While the child poverty rate has improved, for example, New Mexico still ranks near the bottom of the nation on this indicator. Besides data, policy recommendations are included so the state can take action to improve child well-being. (An annual KIDS COUNT report; state-, county-, tribal-, and school district-level data on indicators of child well-being; data by race and ethnicity where available)

Jan 08 2020

A Guide to New Mexico’s Tax System

2020-01-10T11:22:42-07:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

The taxes we all pay are how we fund the state’s programs and public services that benefit us collectively. They are how we build our roads, bridges, waterlines, electrical grids, and how we educate our children, advance public health, and uphold our laws. These programs and services form the foundation of our economy, enhance our quality of life, and pay dividends far into the future.

Jan 08 2020

A Guide to New Mexico’s State Budget

2020-01-10T11:23:59-07:00Human Rights/Civic Participation Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Our state budget is a reflection of what we value most and an illustration of the kind of communities we wish to create. How we spend and allocate funding – basically, how we make our values a reality – is decided by the lawmakers we elect to represent us in Santa Fe. They create the annual budget that the state uses to provide services that benefit us collectively, like education and health care.

Jan 07 2020

Child Advocates Disappointed with LFC Budget Recommendation for Early Childhood Care and Learning Services

2020-01-07T15:47:09-07:00Press Releases|

Once again, some in the Legislature want to continue this slow-drip process for funding early childhood care and education services. Unfortunately, the Legislative Finance Committee budget recommendation is far below the investments needed in the programs that matter most to New Mexico kids and families and far below the responsible recommendations made by Governor Lujan Grisham.