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.

Jul 01 2020

Survey: Hispanic families, immigrants excluded from COVID-19 relief struggle in New Mexico

2020-07-07T16:33:15-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Nearly half reported that members of their families had seen reduced hours or pay cuts, with one in three parents or primary caregivers saying they were struggling to meet rent or mortgage payments. 36 percent of respondents who had lost work were not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Jul 01 2020

BLM plans to sell almost 8K acres to oil and gas in October. Does New Mexico get fair share?

2020-07-15T15:54:20-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“The lease rates are based on current oil and gas prices, so clearly any leases sold soon will go at bargain-basement prices. As New Mexico receives a share of the lease revenue, which helps put books in our classrooms and medicines in our clinics and hospitals, we will not be getting full value for our shared state resources,” Jimenez said.

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.

Jun 19 2020

New Mexico DACA Recipients Get Reprieve, For Now

2020-06-22T13:05:07-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, says the congressional impasse over a comprehensive immigration bill left approximately 6,000 New Mexico DACA recipients in limbo. "The main reason we have DACA is because of the failure of the Congress to be able to pass meaningful immigration reform, which is really putting families in a very challenging, very harmful position," he states.

Jun 19 2020

SCOTUS DACA decision will help 5,800 New Mexico DACA recipients

2020-06-19T11:52:06-06:00Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Trump sought to end the program by questioning whether former President Barack Obama had overstepped his authority by creating the program through executive order. James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, called Trump’s efforts ironic. “The irony is that the Trump administration never misses an opportunity to claim no limits to what the president can do,” Jimenez said.

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