Mar 30 2020

Report says New Mexico is prepared for a recession — in some ways

2020-03-31T15:52:55-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"It is especially important that New Mexico is relatively well-prepared to weather a recession because we will be harder hit than other states by lower oil and gas prices due to our over-reliance on that industry as a revenue source,” James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said in a statement.

Mar 26 2020

BLM grapples with public participation amid coronavirus pandemic, while some call for lease sales to be postponed

2020-03-26T11:41:16-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“While New Mexico families are focused on making sure their loved ones are safe and healthy during this fast-moving crisis, other problems are brewing at the state level that may cause pain for years to come. Plummeting oil and gas prices are draining the state budget of funds needed for public safety, health care, education, and more."

Feb 26 2020

Big oil and gas get break while NM children get shortchanged

2020-02-26T12:57:07-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Some of the money that supports New Mexico’s education system comes from royalties and rental payments paid by the oil and natural gas industries. Because we understand how fortunate we are to have those natural resources, we tend to forget our responsibility to be the very best stewards of them that we can be.

Feb 13 2020

Your turn: Gas and oil lease sales highlights need to updates rates

2020-02-18T13:04:57-07:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Public lands belong to all of us, which means every New Mexican should be reaping the benefits. Yet, oil and gas companies continue to enjoy sweetheart deals for drilling on our public lands, as exemplified by this week’s lease sale. We urge Congress to take action and update the federal government’s fiscal policies for public lands drilling; our children’s futures depend upon it.

Jan 29 2020

Census funding bill heads to House Committee

2020-02-04T11:51:04-07:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Ensuring an accurate census count is crucial for improving child well-being in our state because so much of the funding for health, education, and food security programs that New Mexico kids depend upon is determined by the census,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jan 16 2020

Voices for Children’s annual report finds state stagnant, urges sustained investment in youth

2020-01-21T14:59:30-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“Kids Count is right to point out the enormous challenges facing our state’s early childhood services system,” Groginsky said. “We know that high-quality health and educational programs for children deliver an astonishing return on investment,” she added, “including significant gains in nearly every area we care about: education, health, employment, and social and emotional behavior.”

Jan 15 2020

New Mexico child poverty ranking back to 49th in nation, Kids Count report finds

2020-01-21T15:09:17-07:00Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We’re clearly not adequately providing (opportunities) for children of color, who make up the largest segment of our child population,” New Mexico Voices for Children executive director James Jimenez said. “When we’re OK with the fact that so many of our children lack the opportunities they need to be successful, we really paint a dire picture for the future.”