Nov 23 2022

Lawmakers Can Put Children at the Heart of Policy Decisions

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Tumbleweeds Magazine--There is still much the state can do to ensure that all children have the opportunities they need to thrive. Lawmakers should continue their work to bring more equity to our tax code by increasing the state’s new child tax credit, while also supporting public and environmental health programs, and continuing to increase investments in education from cradle to career.

Aug 19 2022

Kids Count analysts urge voters to support school funding measure

2023-02-14T13:48:04-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Santa Fe New Mexican--“We knew over 10 years ago that we needed to change our educational investments to earlier in a child’s life if we were going to change their trajectory,” said senior research and policy analyst Jacob Vigil. “We knew we needed a lot of money to make that happen, more than likely could be raised in taxes.”

Feb 08 2022

A new basic income pilot will give $500 a month to mixed-immigration-status families

2023-02-14T14:06:55-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Fast Company--Amber Wallin of New Mexico Voices for Children added during a press call that Hispanic New Mexican parents were more than twice as likely as white parents in the state to have lost wages since the pandemic began, and more than three times as likely to be unsure about whether or not they can make their next housing payment.

Feb 07 2022

Cash Assistance

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Santa Fe Reporter--Undocumented immigrants paid almost $68 million in state and local taxes, according to a 2020 report from New Mexico Voices for Children. Still, 60,000 undocumented immigrants are often excluded from benefits provided during emergencies, including unemployment insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP.

Jan 21 2022

Bill requires NM departments to help non-English speakers

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Santa Fe New Mexican--A New Mexico Voices for Children report from August says “New Mexicans who speak languages other than English, particularly immigrants and refugees, are excluded because of systemic inequities in language access. The inadequacy of our state’s multilingual interpretation and translation services causes significant hardship in many New Mexico communities because language access is critical for both good health and financial security.”

Jan 20 2022

Well-being of local children similar to state in most areas

2023-02-14T14:12:58-07:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage|

Roswell Daily Record--Amber Wallin, deputy director, said that Chaves County’s outcomes are often tied closely to the fortunes of the oil and gas industry. “Those are things like poverty rates, child abuse rates that are linked to that,” said Wallin. “We know when parents have steady wages and good steady income that is a good predictor of how children are doing.” She added that the pandemic had a dramatically different effect on people depending on their social circumstances.

Jan 20 2022

2021 Kids Count Data Book indicates positives but also continued challenges

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NM Political Report--Amber Wallin, executive director of NMVC, said New Mexico legislators should continue to enact legislation that will positively impact families and children, particularly families of color. “During this Legislative session we’re continuing to focus on public policy to provide robust safety net support, especially in direct economic assistance for families who need it the most, especially for low-income front line workers, refugee and immigrant families unable to access key forms of relief,” she said.

Jan 20 2022

A fair and equitable recovery starts with supporting women of color

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New Mexico In Depth--In this legislative session, New Mexico Voices for Children will be asking lawmakers to put families with children first in policymaking. High on the list of policies that will help ensure a just recovery and equitable opportunities for all families are enacting a state-level CTC, with families facing the biggest economic challenges seeing the biggest benefits.

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