Dec 15 2021

COVID-expanded child tax credit benefit nears lapse

2022-01-05T11:26:46-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage|

Families in New Mexico, which has one of the country’s highest child poverty rates, spent nearly 46% of their child tax credit money on food, a study by Washington University in St. Louis’ Social Policy Institute found. “It says a lot about what families are worried about,” said Sharon Kayne, communications director for New Mexico Voices for Children. “This is hugely important to a lot of families.”

Oct 25 2021

Advocates urge more investment in youth at New Mexico Voices for Children conference

2021-10-25T13:07:18-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage|

“Equality of opportunity is not something that just happens,” said the organization’s deputy director, Amber Wallin. “Moving forward, we have to pass policy that supports families, prioritizes children and … improves opportunities for women and communities of color in our state.”

Oct 01 2021

Everything you need to know about the Child Tax Credit – and possibly a little more

2021-10-01T12:32:56-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

The U.S. Census Bureau is collecting data on how families are spending their monthly payments, so we know that the majority of the spending is going toward food. Wallin said that’s a good sign for a state that’s long struggled with childhood food insecurity. “We’re just glad to see that this relief is helping the families’ most basic needs,” she said.

Sep 23 2021

Fix oil and gas leasing system before new sales

2021-09-28T13:30:02-06:00Blog Posts, Education Blog, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

In New Mexico, we have lived through many boom-and-bust cycles of the oil and gas industry. But recent years have shown just how much we need to break this cycle - particularly as we plan for the transition from oil and gas to clean energy - by tipping the scales away from the oil and gas corporations and back toward New Mexicans who have shouldered the consequences.

Sep 14 2021

Leger Fernández introduces bill to help communities’ economic transitions away from fossil fuels

2021-09-28T13:27:33-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

“This bill is about ensuring a better future for kids,” James Jimenez said. “For years, New Mexico has relied on oil and gas to fund our children’s education programming. But as we battle climate change and protect our land and public health, it’s vital that states like New Mexico are able to diversify their economies.”

Sep 02 2021

Unable to get assistance: What happens to New Mexicans who speak lesser used languages

2021-09-02T15:41:01-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

A recent New Mexico Voices for Children report, Eligible but Excluded, said that federal law requires state agencies to provide “meaningful access” to people who speak languages other than English but many state agencies in New Mexico have no plans in place to improve language access. This makes breaking a system of economic hardship difficult and is inequitable, the report states.

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