Jul 12 2017

That women have options is not the problem (stupid)

2018-06-14T18:17:37+00:00 Blog Posts, Health Blog, Kids Count Blog|

Diana was nervous as she spoke to the nearly 400 people gathered at our 5th annual KIDS COUNT Conference. As part of the panel discussion on women’s economic security and child well-being, Diana shared her frustration when, after a decade of working in the early education field and rising to the level of assistant director, she was still earning minimum wage. Her only raises, she said, came from changes in minimum wage laws. But this wasn’t the part of her story that I found most powerful. What really stuck with me was when she told us about having to become a single parent after surviving a domestic violence attack.

Jun 29 2017

The real value of our public lands

2018-06-14T18:18:22+00:00 Blog Posts, Health Blog|

There is generally much less accountability when private companies run government programs. It becomes not only more difficult to determine just how our tax dollars are being spent, but there is also more room for subtle forms of discrimination to take place. By definition privatization means an economic focus on the use of public lands rather than a conservation and equity focus.

Sep 07 2016

Show me the fat! (in the state budget)

2018-06-14T19:48:04+00:00 Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Health Blog, Tax and Budget Blog|

State government has a very important job to do. It ensures that all children receive an education that will prepare them to be productive adults. It works to keep our streets safe and our infrastructure in good repair. It must respond to public health threats and keep an eye to future needs. When state government does its job well, it enables and strengthens the state’s economic growth and helps its people thrive.

May 16 2016

There are better ways to ‘pull together’ for New Mexico’s impoverished kids

2018-06-16T12:12:45+00:00 Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, Health Blog, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Because poverty has multiple causes and tends to be generational, we must address it by meeting the needs of the family as a whole. This is called a two-generation approach, and it does more than ensure that children are fed and safe. It also gives parents the tools they need to better their own situations—whether that means access to job training and further education or health care to deal with substance abuse problems or chronic illness.