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Sharon Kayne in NM Voices for Children's Communications Director.
Aug 08 2020

Former UNM professor: ‘People are ready’ to address racism

2020-08-11T12:00:38-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

During a talk Thursday night sponsored by Albuquerque-based New Mexico Voices for Children, Harris, a longtime New Mexico resident, said he wonders how far along the U.S. has come since 1968, when the group released its findings. He noted the civil, racial and political unrest in the nation this year in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed during a May 25 arrest in Minneapolis.

Aug 07 2020

Governing with moxie

2020-08-11T15:25:45-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

In 2004, Lujan Grisham became health secretary for then-Gov. Bill Richardson. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, remembers her well. He served as secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration before becoming Richardson’s chief of staff. “She was kind of a pain, but only in the sense that she was a terrific advocate and didn’t want to let go until she knew that she absolutely had to,” Jimenez said.

Jul 30 2020

124,000 New Mexicans Could Miss Out on Federal Stimulus Payments

2020-09-17T16:44:25-06:00Economic Security Publications, Publications|

Fact sheet The stimulus checks that went out as part of the federal COVID-19 relief can have a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families most impacted by the pandemic, providing money to help them pay bills, cover necessary expenses, and pay for the things they need most right now. The money would also give state and local economies a much-needed boost.

Jul 29 2020

New Mexico’s orphaned wells need a solution now and for the future

2020-07-30T14:17:22-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing New Mexico’s already tight state budget, as vital tax revenue drops during the recession. At the same time, oil and gas companies in New Mexico and across the West are filing for bankruptcy, leaving behind orphaned wells and leaving New Mexicans with the unpaid bill for cleaning them up.

Jul 13 2020

How the Federal COVID-19 Response Impacts New Mexico: The HEROES Act

2020-07-23T10:19:27-06:00Economic Security Publications, Education Publications, Health Publications, Local Data, Publications|

Fact sheet (ninth in the series) The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting recession are wreaking havoc on New Mexico and have led to high unemployment. Federal funding is needed to help the state and local governments to ensure that health care, education, first responders, and other services continue uninterrupted. The HEROES Act could be that tool -- if it is passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by the president. (State-level data on unemployment)

Jul 13 2020

2020 Special Session Budget Summary

2020-07-13T16:26:35-06:00Education Publications, Health Publications, Publications, Tax and Budget Publications|

Fact sheet The New Mexico Legislature was called into a special session on June 18 in order to address revenue shortfalls in the state budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and the global drop in oil prices. Although Congress had passed legislation to help the states, New Mexico still had to trim the budget lawmakers had passed in January 2020 by $580 million. This fact sheet shows what got cut and by how much.

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