Jun 27 2019

U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on citizenship question draws reaction

2019-07-01T16:39:53-06:00News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"With that potential citizenship question in there it was pretty clear that was intended to have a dampening impact on the willingness of particularly the immigrant population, but also others, to participate in the census," said Jimenez. Jimenez said New Mexico already leads the country with the highest hard-to-count populations.

Jun 25 2019

Report: New Mexico taxpayers missing out on funds from oil and gas projects

2019-06-27T16:06:21-06:00Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Noting New Mexico’s Public Education Department is under a court order to make more investments in its schools, James Jimenez, executive director of the nonprofit New Mexico Voices for Children, said in an email that increasing those rates in the future is “just plain common sense” and will help the state meet the court mandates to improve public education.

Mar 12 2019

School funding in New Mexico lower than a decade ago

2019-03-14T12:10:09-06:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

New Mexico is one of many states that have failed to increase per-student funding compared to a decade ago, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). There are 26 states that have made larger investments in K-12 students since 2008, per-student funding in New Mexico remained at nine percent less in 2016 than in 2008, after considering inflation.

Mar 11 2019

Eye on New Mexico: Improving the lives of children

2019-03-15T12:06:35-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Education News Coverage, Health News Coverage, Human Rights/Civic Participation News Coverage, Kids Count News Coverage, News Coverage, Racial and Ethnic Equity News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Hosts Chris Ramirez and Nathan O'Neal discussed what's in store for New Mexico's children. From the 2020 census to the bills working through the Roundhouse right now, there are many impacts on the future generations. Featured on the show are James Jimenez and Amber Wallin with New Mexico Voices for Children.

Jan 18 2019

Districts onboard with a longer school year

2019-01-18T12:35:55-06:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“It’s also going to take more revenue – and it needs to be a more reliable revenue stream than oil and natural gas. If we don’t stabilize our revenue situation, we’ll just have to cut some of these initiatives when oil and gas prices go down. You can’t expect real education reform on a boom-or-bust funding cycle,” he wrote in an email to the Journal.

Jan 16 2019

How can New Mexico lawmakers make a difference for our state’s children? Let’s discuss

2019-01-17T10:48:07-06:00Education News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

It will take a concerted, multifaceted effort to significantly improve child well-being because it is dependent on so many factors. But one policy with a proven, positive rate of return is high-quality early childhood care and learning. The first five years of life are critical for laying the foundation for future success, so the investments that we make in those years pay off dividends for children and society for many years — and future generations — down the road.

Jan 07 2019

States of Change

2019-01-16T17:26:12-06:00News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

“We have the opportunity to put forward an agenda focused on more than trickle-down, which defined the last eight years for New Mexico,” Jimenez says. “Early childhood education, K-12, home visiting, progressive tax reform, these are all back on the table.” New Mexico, where 75 percent of children are of color, ranks 50th on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s child well-being index. Jimenez says deep investments could demonstrably change those rankings.

Dec 26 2018

Poll: New Mexicans Oppose Reinstating Food Tax

2019-01-02T16:44:22-06:00Economic Security News Coverage, Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

"And we know that children in New Mexico suffer from a high degree of food insecurity, which means that they don't always know where the next meal is coming from,” he said. “And making food more expensive for children and families just does not make sense to us." Nearly all U.S. states have eliminated, reduced or offset taxes as applied to food for home consumption.