Aug 08 2020

Former UNM professor: ‘People are ready’ to address racism

2020-08-11T12:00:38-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

During a talk Thursday night sponsored by Albuquerque-based New Mexico Voices for Children, Harris, a longtime New Mexico resident, said he wonders how far along the U.S. has come since 1968, when the group released its findings. He noted the civil, racial and political unrest in the nation this year in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed during a May 25 arrest in Minneapolis.

Aug 07 2020

Governing with moxie

2020-08-11T15:25:45-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

In 2004, Lujan Grisham became health secretary for then-Gov. Bill Richardson. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, remembers her well. He served as secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration before becoming Richardson’s chief of staff. “She was kind of a pain, but only in the sense that she was a terrific advocate and didn’t want to let go until she knew that she absolutely had to,” Jimenez said.

Jul 29 2020

New Mexico’s orphaned wells need a solution now and for the future

2020-07-30T14:17:22-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing New Mexico’s already tight state budget, as vital tax revenue drops during the recession. At the same time, oil and gas companies in New Mexico and across the West are filing for bankruptcy, leaving behind orphaned wells and leaving New Mexicans with the unpaid bill for cleaning them up.

Jul 01 2020

Survey: Hispanic families, immigrants excluded from COVID-19 relief struggle in New Mexico

2020-07-07T16:33:15-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Nearly half reported that members of their families had seen reduced hours or pay cuts, with one in three parents or primary caregivers saying they were struggling to meet rent or mortgage payments. 36 percent of respondents who had lost work were not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Jul 01 2020

BLM plans to sell almost 8K acres to oil and gas in October. Does New Mexico get fair share?

2020-07-15T15:54:20-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“The lease rates are based on current oil and gas prices, so clearly any leases sold soon will go at bargain-basement prices. As New Mexico receives a share of the lease revenue, which helps put books in our classrooms and medicines in our clinics and hospitals, we will not be getting full value for our shared state resources,” Jimenez said.

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