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 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 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.”

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.”

Oct 15 2019

Report: Majority of NM Families to Benefit from State Tax Cut

2019-10-15T10:04:00-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Bill Jordan, government relations officer with New Mexico Voices for Children, said currently those with the largest incomes in the state pay the smallest share of their incomes in state and local taxes, while those with the lowest incomes pay the highest share. He said 385,000 children will benefit when the revamped tax code returns $64 million to working families.