Mar 30 2020

Report says New Mexico is prepared for a recession — in some ways

2020-03-31T15:52:55-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"It is especially important that New Mexico is relatively well-prepared to weather a recession because we will be harder hit than other states by lower oil and gas prices due to our over-reliance on that industry as a revenue source,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said in a statement.

Mar 26 2020

BLM grapples with public participation amid coronavirus pandemic, while some call for lease sales to be postponed

2020-03-26T11:41:16-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“While New Mexico families are focused on making sure their loved ones are safe and healthy during this fast-moving crisis, other problems are brewing at the state level that may cause pain for years to come. Plummeting oil and gas prices are draining the state budget of funds needed for public safety, health care, education, and more."

Mar 25 2020

We Can Prevent Neglect, Child Abuse by Working ‘Upstream’

2020-03-25T12:28:45-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

For the most part, I found New Mexico’s social workers to be kind, strong individuals. It also seemed evident that they are being asked to do one of the most difficult jobs in state government. Helping to decide the fate of children is no small matter, and even the best-intentioned decisions can go terribly wrong. 

Feb 26 2020

Big oil and gas get break while NM children get shortchanged

2020-02-26T12:57:07-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Some of the money that supports New Mexico’s education system comes from royalties and rental payments paid by the oil and natural gas industries. Because we understand how fortunate we are to have those natural resources, we tend to forget our responsibility to be the very best stewards of them that we can be.

Feb 18 2020

Santa Fe minimum wage will go to $12.10 per hour March 1

2020-02-18T13:10:18-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

“This is good news for Santa Fe and good news for New Mexico,” Amber Wallin, deputy director of the nonprofit child advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children, said of the citywide minimum wage increase. “More New Mexico families will be able to afford safe housing, great child care and fresh food, and a greater amount of kids will be able to reach their potential.”

Feb 13 2020

Your turn: Gas and oil lease sales highlights need to updates rates

2020-02-18T13:04:57-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Public lands belong to all of us, which means every New Mexican should be reaping the benefits. Yet, oil and gas companies continue to enjoy sweetheart deals for drilling on our public lands, as exemplified by this week’s lease sale. We urge Congress to take action and update the federal government’s fiscal policies for public lands drilling; our children’s futures depend upon it.