Oct 25 2021

Advocates urge more investment in youth at New Mexico Voices for Children conference

2021-10-25T13:07:18-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“Equality of opportunity is not something that just happens,” said the organization’s deputy director, Amber Wallin. “Moving forward, we have to pass policy that supports families, prioritizes children and … improves opportunities for women and communities of color in our state.”

Oct 01 2021

Everything you need to know about the Child Tax Credit – and possibly a little more

2021-10-01T12:32:56-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The U.S. Census Bureau is collecting data on how families are spending their monthly payments, so we know that the majority of the spending is going toward food. Wallin said that’s a good sign for a state that’s long struggled with childhood food insecurity. “We’re just glad to see that this relief is helping the families’ most basic needs,” she said.

Sep 14 2021

Leger Fernández introduces bill to help communities’ economic transitions away from fossil fuels

2021-09-28T13:27:33-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

“This bill is about ensuring a better future for kids,” James Jimenez said. “For years, New Mexico has relied on oil and gas to fund our children’s education programming. But as we battle climate change and protect our land and public health, it’s vital that states like New Mexico are able to diversify their economies.”

Sep 02 2021

Unable to get assistance: What happens to New Mexicans who speak lesser used languages

2021-09-02T15:41:01-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

A recent New Mexico Voices for Children report, Eligible but Excluded, said that federal law requires state agencies to provide “meaningful access” to people who speak languages other than English but many state agencies in New Mexico have no plans in place to improve language access. This makes breaking a system of economic hardship difficult and is inequitable, the report states.

Aug 30 2021

Some don’t know what they’ll do when federal unemployment assistance ends Sept. 4

2021-08-30T11:50:17-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“I think that the level of which people are being impacted by the pandemic is clearly not equal across genders, not equal across income spectrums, not equal across race or ethnicities. Because of that, we know women of color and women generally have been harmed more.”

Aug 02 2021

NM Families Start School Year with Extra Money for Child Care

2021-08-02T17:05:25-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

Wallin noted that families of color were especially hard-hit by school closures and other economic impacts from the pandemic and now, should have more peace of mind. "They're able to better afford housing needs and ensure they can buy their kids back-to-school clothes," said Wallin. "But also it's helping them go back to work, afford necessities and helping our economy get back on track as well."

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