Jul 29 2020

New Mexico’s orphaned wells need a solution now and for the future

2020-07-30T14:17:22-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The COVID-19 pandemic is squeezing New Mexico’s already tight state budget, as vital tax revenue drops during the recession. At the same time, oil and gas companies in New Mexico and across the West are filing for bankruptcy, leaving behind orphaned wells and leaving New Mexicans with the unpaid bill for cleaning them up.

Jun 22 2020

Despite Small Advances, NM Child Well-Being Stuck at 50th Nationwide

2020-06-22T13:37:08-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said the last-place ranking is disappointing, but the overall improvement in 10 of the 16 indicators is encouraging. "So that's a positive thing - not as much as we'd like, and maybe some other states are improving more than we are, but at the same time, at least 10 of those indicators moved in the right direction," Jimenez said.

May 06 2020

Pandemic shows kids need their scheduled vaccines

2020-05-06T12:41:43-06:00Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

Fear of COVID-19 has prompted parents to cancel well-child visits nationwide, putting millions of children at risk for whooping cough, measles and other life-threatening illnesses. But non-COVID-19 medical needs haven’t gone away, and it is just as essential to prevent other vaccine-preventable diseases like polio and meningitis as it is to develop a safe and effective coronavirus vaccine.

Mar 27 2020

Methane rule to help fight crises

2020-08-18T13:08:05-06:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Each year in New Mexico, oil and gas companies waste hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of natural gas through venting, flaring and leaks, all of which worsens air pollution and costs the state more than $43 million in royalty and tax revenue. That is enough revenue to increase pre-K enrollment by 80% and offer more than 7,000 additional New Mexico kids access to quality early childhood education.

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. 

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