Jun 21 2021

New Mexico moves up to 49th in rank for child welfare

2021-06-22T10:21:20-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

New Mexico traditionally has not done well in the Kids Count rankings, usually swapping the 49th and 50th spots with Mississippi. But Jimenez said there are some reasons for optimism as New Mexico looks to the future, including the expansion of Medicaid several years ago and a just-passed working families tax credit that could reduce child poverty.

Jun 21 2021

NM shows modest improvement in child well-being

2021-06-22T10:16:43-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“It’s encouraging to see that child well-being was improving before the pandemic hit,” said James Jimenez, executive director for New Mexico Voices for Children. “We’re cautiously optimistic that investments the state made in children and families beginning in 2019 – as well as throughout the pandemic – helped offset some of the health and financial problems caused by the pandemic."

Jun 15 2021

NM needs a cabinet post for families

2021-06-29T13:00:15-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

Many great organizations, both state agencies and nonprofits, are hard at work addressing the major components of child development and care. Organizations such as New Mexico Kids, Farm to Table New Mexico, the Brindle Foundation and New Mexico Voices for Children address a wide range of issues, such as early childhood education, food security and safe neighborhoods.

May 26 2021

New Mexico stuck with $8 billion in cleanup for oil wells, highlighting dangers from fossil fuel dependence

2021-06-02T15:00:50-06:00Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The state has long suffered from the roller coaster cycles of extractive industry, according to James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, a health, education, and economic advocacy organization. “We’ve made policy choices in boom times that have really exacerbated our over-dependence on oil and natural gas revenues,” Jimenez told DeSmog.

May 19 2021

Back to the well

2021-05-20T15:14:49-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We have oil and gas, and so we have chosen to provide tax cuts in other areas,” said Bill Jordan, the government relations officer at New Mexico Voices for Children, an advocacy group. “Other states have figured out how to pay the bills … and they do it without oil and gas.”

May 14 2021

Residents must file tax returns by Monday to get latest stimulus

2021-05-19T15:51:36-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

“We know that the pandemic has been particularly hard on undocumented or mixed-status families,” Jimenez said. “… Just having a little bit of money to help pay the current bill, but maybe even get themselves out of debt a little bit, I think, is one of the most positive things that we are hoping will happen.”

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