Nov 01 2019

Gov. Lujan Grisham donates $100,000 to fight childhood hunger in NM

2019-11-04T15:28:53-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Officials with Kids Count, nonprofit that advocates for children, said the governor’s $100,000 donation to the newly-created New Mexico Hunger Action Fund is a step in the right direction. “But we also know we need to think bigger,” said Amber Wallin, director of Kids Count. “In order to really address childhood hunger in New Mexico, we need to think about wages, we need to think about tax policy in New Mexico, we need to make sure our low-income working families in New Mexico are prioritized."

Oct 18 2019

Debate heats up over impact of NM tax law changes

2019-10-22T12:00:32-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Our state lawmakers made great strides in putting working families first this year – especially families with children,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a nonprofit group that supported the tax package and commissioned the report. “These tax changes will really help our working families as well as help make our tax code fairer and more stable.”

Oct 15 2019

Report: Majority of NM Families to Benefit from State Tax Cut

2019-10-15T10:04:00-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Bill Jordan, government relations officer with New Mexico Voices for Children, said currently those with the largest incomes in the state pay the smallest share of their incomes in state and local taxes, while those with the lowest incomes pay the highest share. He said 385,000 children will benefit when the revamped tax code returns $64 million to working families.

Jul 25 2019

Progress report: Albuquerque neighborhood among many tricky for 2020 census in NM

2019-07-29T13:21:01-07:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“The big challenges in those areas are connecting to the folks who we know are likely to be undercounted,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “So people who may be poor or housing-insecure can be a real challenge in those areas, especially in communities that are changing.”

Jul 08 2019

Our children are a bi-partisan issue

2019-07-08T16:27:30-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“The greatest truth must be the recognition that in every child is the potential for greatness,” said Amber Wallin, deputy [director] of NM Voices for Children. “We’re all in this together.” We heartily agree: New Mexico is a great state to live in, and it can only be better with less poverty, a better-educated populace, less hunger and less crime.

Jun 30 2019

Eye on New Mexico: Child well-being

2019-07-01T16:39:06-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

On this week's edition of Eye on New Mexico, Colton Shone posed a question – do our kids count? New Mexico, once again, has been ranked 50th for child well-being. The annual Kids Count report placed New Mexico dead last in education and in "the family and community" domain. Shone interviewed James Jimenez, the executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, about the rankings.

Jun 27 2019

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on citizenship question draws reaction

2019-07-01T16:39:53-07:00News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"With that potential citizenship question in there it was pretty clear that was intended to have a dampening impact on the willingness of particularly the immigrant population, but also others, to participate in the census," said Jimenez. Jimenez said New Mexico already leads the country with the highest hard-to-count populations.