Mar 26 2021

State and federal child tax credits improve equity for children of color in the state

2021-04-01T09:48:48-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Because 75 percent of New Mexico’s children are children of color and a disproportionate share of people of color live below the poverty level, the new tax credits that families will be able to collect will bring greater equity to New Mexico families and children of color, Jimenez said. “Tax policy is not race neutral,” he said.

Mar 26 2021

New Mexico schools expand in-person learning

2021-04-01T10:11:54-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“I can’t think of anything in my career that will have the impact on children that this bill will have. And, and I think it’s going to be incumbent upon all of us to follow through and follow the lives of these kids, and hold up the success stories that this creates,” said Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich on Thursday in a presentation alongside education advocates highlighting the Act.

Mar 25 2021

New Mexico enacts tougher emissions rules on oil and gas, calls for 98 percent gas capture

2021-04-07T13:44:46-06:00Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We must not allow the oil and gas industry’s outsized impact on our state budget and economy to be an excuse to ignore the detrimental effects of fossil fuel dependency on our climate, our air quality, and the health of our families,” Jimenez said. “The final OCC rule banning routine venting and flaring is a good start.”

Mar 22 2021

Lottery Scholarship funding measure headed to gov’s desk

2021-04-01T09:54:39-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“The lottery-based scholarships that are being provided are not addressing where the real need is,” James Jimenez, the executive director of NM Voices, said. “For a child of color born in New Mexico, there's a higher chance that child will live in poverty than a white child ... I think we need to do a much better job of directing aid toward families of color, (and) more specifically, low to moderate income families.”

Mar 13 2021

Investments necessary for a fair, rapid economic recovery

2021-03-15T12:19:39-06:00Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit, New Mexico was beginning to move forward on a path to more broadly shared prosperity. The pandemic and recession seem to have put some of that progress on hold. But they don’t have to. We can continue to move in the right direction if we ensure we have adequate and sustainable revenue that is raised in a way that is fair.

Feb 18 2021

Halfway home: Lawmakers hit crucial stretch

2021-02-19T12:15:29-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

But James Jimenez, the executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a nonprofit group that advocates for health care access and economic security, said he’s optimistic about the session’s final outcome. He also said changes to New Mexico’s tax code could bolster the state’s economic diversification efforts, adding that concerns raised by business groups are not new.

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