Jan 16 2020

Voices for Children’s annual report finds state stagnant, urges sustained investment in youth

2020-01-21T14:59:30-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Kids Count is right to point out the enormous challenges facing our state’s early childhood services system,” Groginsky said. “We know that high-quality health and educational programs for children deliver an astonishing return on investment,” she added, “including significant gains in nearly every area we care about: education, health, employment, and social and emotional behavior.”

Jan 15 2020

New Mexico child poverty ranking back to 49th in nation, Kids Count report finds

2020-01-21T15:09:17-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We’re clearly not adequately providing (opportunities) for children of color, who make up the largest segment of our child population,” New Mexico Voices for Children executive director James Jimenez said. “When we’re OK with the fact that so many of our children lack the opportunities they need to be successful, we really paint a dire picture for the future.”

Dec 19 2019

NM needs to truly invest in child care assistance

2020-01-09T12:57:56-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

The real problem is that child care assistance in New Mexico has not been funded as much more than a work support program for parents. We’ve never made the investments that would be needed in order to address the multi-dimensional needs of kids in our state and see the increases in school readiness that we know the program can provide. It’s like setting aside only enough money to buy a subcompact and then complaining that it’s not as roomy as an SUV.

Dec 15 2019

Most New Mexico Families Will Get Good News this Tax Season

2020-01-13T09:38:17-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

In all, the tax package that was passed last year was a win for New Mexico families with children. It also protected revenue that we need for our classrooms, road repairs, and health care while still giving working families a much-needed break. There is still work to be done in 2020 to make the tax system fairer, but 2019 was a great start.

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

2019-10-22T12:00:32-06:00Economic 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.”