Nov 29 2022

Lawmakers, advocates discuss task force’s recommendations for paid family leave fund

2022-12-01T16:37:03-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Advocates for such a bill counter it will protect workers, increase morale and cut down on the number of workers who leave the workforce on disability because they cannot otherwise deal with serious health issues. Jacob Vigil, senior research and policy analyst for the nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children, said paid leave offers workers stability and leads to “more loyalty to employers.”

Nov 13 2022

Voters signal support for more than investments in early childhood

2022-12-01T16:39:49-07:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The recent election tells us a great deal about how committed New Mexicans are to our children and their families. New Mexico voters have spoken loud and clear — and they want the highest quality early care and education programs fully supported and available to all.

Nov 09 2022

New Mexico is the First State to Guarantee a Right to Early Childhood Education

2022-11-18T13:48:35-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

“If we want to continue this incredible progress,” said Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, the money is the way to do it. “It means we can continue things just like that.” Lujan Grisham herself has said she wants to use money from the fund to make universal, free child care permanent.

Nov 08 2022

Amendment to tap the Land Grant Permanent Fund passes by wide margin

2022-11-10T17:17:51-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“In a very concrete way by improving teacher salaries and resources for all the wrap-around services, this amendment will help support and it’s a really important step forward in a bigger sense because New Mexico voters are showing up for teachers and communities,” Wallin told NM Political Report.

Oct 06 2022

Education, environment advocates warn about instability of oil and gas revenue

2022-10-13T14:31:13-06:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said issues in education funding go beyond any one election, and officials and New Mexicans need to think about how they can best set up future generations. “We have massive needs in our state and in our schools, in our families that are really generational problems to solve. They’re not election-cycle problems to solve.”

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