Feb 21 2024

Supporters of Paid Family and Medical Leave say it will return

2024-04-03T16:10:43-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

NM Political Report--Bill Jordan, interim co-director and government relations officer for New Mexico Voices for Children, said his organization is “deeply disappointed” in the vote that happened on the House floor on Wednesday. He said New Mexico is now a leader in investing in children getting a healthy start in life.

Feb 19 2024

Advocates for family and children say budget provides benefits for children

2024-04-03T16:09:48-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

NM Political Report--“They paid 40 percent less taxes just for making money on investments. We work for our money. They let their money work for them and they get a 40 percent discount on their taxes. It’s not fair and it doesn’t provide any economic benefit to the state,” Jordan said.

Jan 22 2024

Kids Count Data Book Focuses on Racial Equity

2024-01-23T15:51:43-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Santa Fe Reporter--“One of the big policies that we’re excited about this year is particularly focused on Native American students and helping them to graduate, and that’s related to really making sure there is dedicated funding to support our Native students,” Wildau said. “We’re going to be really supportive of that.”

Jan 22 2024

Report: Child welfare advocates cite reasons for optimism despite rising rates of death, abuse

2024-01-22T14:36:16-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Santa Fe New Mexican--"All of these common-sense decisions ... not only prevented a significant decline in well-being for New Mexico kids and families, but it also laid a strong foundation for us to continue seeing improvements in many indicators of child well-being in the 2022 data," Wildau said.

Jan 17 2024

Guv outlines some health priorities on state spending

2024-04-03T16:11:56-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

NM Political Report--Jordan said Lujan Grisham’s budget asks for a significant increase in Medicaid to increase provider reimbursement rates. He said the state has significantly raised Medicaid reimbursement rates over the last few legislative sessions. He said the industry is very competitive and he said the provider shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic created a “wake-up call.”

Jan 15 2024

Early childhood department requests $800 million from state budget

2024-04-03T16:12:35-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage|

NM Political Report--Bill Jordan, interim co-director and government relations officer for New Mexico Voices for Children, said one of the nonprofit’s legislative priorities for 2024 is to see full funding for early childhood services. He said NMVC doesn’t want to see lawmakers slack off on expanding early childcare services now that the 1.25 percent additional distribution from the Land Grant Permanent Fund is helping to expand ECECD’s services.

Jan 03 2024

Budget offers chance for historic change in New Mexico

2024-01-03T14:57:27-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

KRWG--New Mexico Voices for Children has proposed a number of policies that would directly help struggling families. They include paid family and medical leave; increased funding for early childhood care and education; a new fund to support tribal education; full funding for college tuitions; increased tax credits for young children, coupled with tax increases for upper-income residents; increased funding for the TANF program and full funding for Medicaid and Disabilities waivers.

Dec 12 2023

Guaranteed basic income program bolsters job, housing security among immigrant households: report

2023-12-13T14:55:23-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

The Hill--Mixed-status immigrant families are less likely to have health insurance, stable employment, savings, stable housing and food security, according to the report. “Their exclusion from most of the social safety net further exacerbates their tenuous socio-economic conditions,” the report states.

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