Mar 11 2019

Eye on New Mexico: Improving the lives of children

2019-03-15T12:06:35-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Hosts Chris Ramirez and Nathan O'Neal discussed what's in store for New Mexico's children. From the 2020 census to the bills working through the Roundhouse right now, there are many impacts on the future generations. Featured on the show are James Jimenez and Amber Wallin with New Mexico Voices for Children.

Feb 07 2019

Bill tackles child care ‘cliff effect’ by increasing eligibility

2019-02-07T15:40:10-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

“When you’re living in deep poverty, $300 is a lot of food on the table, and it helps pay one more electricity bill,” said Casau. “Even though it’s not a lot for the poorest of the poor, the fact that we are having copays for families that are in deep poverty is something that is unconscionable.”

Jan 29 2019

Hundreds march on Roundhouse for immigrants and workers

2019-01-30T16:09:55-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

For Estela Guzman, a researcher at New Mexico Voices for Children, a statewide advocacy organization, a top priority is to increase the state’s minimum wage. “These people have to work three to four jobs just to make ends meet,” she said, adding that increasing wages is a long-term solution for many. “If the community can’t thrive, we are all missing out.”

Jan 23 2019

Democrats’ competing bills aim to boost state’s minimum wage

2019-01-24T12:02:47-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

New Mexico has some 245,000 people, or 31 percent of its workforce, earning low wages at or near a proposed minimum wage of $12 per hour. About 159,000 or nearly 20 percent of workers are paid less than $12, said Sharon Kayne, a spokeswoman at the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children, which issued a report in August on the minimum wage based on data from the Economic Policy Institute.

Dec 26 2018

Poll: New Mexicans Oppose Reinstating Food Tax

2019-01-02T16:44:22-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"And we know that children in New Mexico suffer from a high degree of food insecurity, which means that they don't always know where the next meal is coming from,” he said. “And making food more expensive for children and families just does not make sense to us." Nearly all U.S. states have eliminated, reduced or offset taxes as applied to food for home consumption.

Dec 24 2018

Census: N.M. struggling for a good connection

2019-01-02T16:38:11-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

However, the Albuquerque-based child advocacy organization New Mexico Voices for Children does not believe low incomes and poverty are the reason for New Mexico’s low broadband subscription rate. “That’s an excuse, not a reason,” said James Jimenez, the group’s executive director. “One thing we have seen around the state, even in low-income communities, a lot of people still have a phone (despite the cost). Companies find a way of providing service people can afford.”

Dec 07 2018

Allow next phase of city minimum wage hike as scheduled

2018-12-07T15:27:37-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage|

The average childcare provider in New Mexico only earns about $17,400 a year, according to a 2015 study from the Center for Education Policy and Research at the University of New Mexico. The issue pits low-income workers against low-income parents, explained Sharon Kayne of New Mexico Voices for Children. “The minimum wage is not the culprit,” she said. “The culprit is that the state does not reimburse childcare providers what it actually costs to care for children.”