Feb 26 2020

Big oil and gas get break while NM children get shortchanged

2020-02-26T12:57:07-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Some of the money that supports New Mexico’s education system comes from royalties and rental payments paid by the oil and natural gas industries. Because we understand how fortunate we are to have those natural resources, we tend to forget our responsibility to be the very best stewards of them that we can be.

Feb 13 2020

Your turn: Gas and oil lease sales highlights need to updates rates

2020-02-18T13:04:57-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Public lands belong to all of us, which means every New Mexican should be reaping the benefits. Yet, oil and gas companies continue to enjoy sweetheart deals for drilling on our public lands, as exemplified by this week’s lease sale. We urge Congress to take action and update the federal government’s fiscal policies for public lands drilling; our children’s futures depend upon it.

Jan 29 2020

Census funding bill heads to House Committee

2020-02-04T11:51:04-07:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Ensuring an accurate census count is crucial for improving child well-being in our state because so much of the funding for health, education, and food security programs that New Mexico kids depend upon is determined by the census,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

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.

Jun 26 2019

Governor: Poverty ‘an evil in our state’

2019-06-27T16:17:26-06:00Education News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We will look poverty in the face,” Lujan Grisham said in the keynote address at the annual Kids Count Conference in Albuquerque. “… It is an evil in our state, and it must be dealt a death blow.” Lujan Grisham spoke to about 500 people gathered for the conference, organized by the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jun 26 2019

Governor touts changes state is making to improve child welfare rankings

2019-06-27T16:12:46-06:00Education News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“We all saw the report last week,” Lujan Grisham said Wednesday at a conference organized by the nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Voices for Children. She was referring to the 2019 Kids Count Data Book, an annual report by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation, which assesses how kids in each state are faring on several measures, from health care to education to poverty.