Jan 18 2019

Districts onboard with a longer school year

2019-01-18T12:35:55+00:00 Education 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+00:00 Education 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+00:00 News 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+00:00 Economic 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.

Nov 03 2018

The next governor should improve our tax system and increase wages

2018-11-05T16:30:08+00:00 Blog Posts, Economic Security Blog, Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget Blog, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

First, we recommend that the new governor work to make our tax system fairer and more stable. Thanks to 15 years of failed trickle-down tax cuts, New Mexico is now much too dependent on revenue from oil and natural gas extraction to fund our state services like education and public safety. But the amount of revenue we collect from oil production is based on prices that are set at the global level, so we’re stuck in a boom-or-bust cycle.

Oct 17 2018

Report: NM Tax Overhaul Would Benefit Kids, Families

2018-10-17T12:24:29+00:00 Economic Security News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, said state policymakers could address the inequity by embracing a more progressive tax system. "It's really a much fairer way of allocating tax responsibility to support the kinds of things that we need - good, strong schools and higher education, great infrastructure," he said. "Those are really the fundamental things that we need to figure out how to pay for in a fair way."

Feb 22 2018

Impact of proposed SNAP cuts would be huge in New Mexico

2018-05-02T11:38:39+00:00 Health News Coverage, News Coverage, Tax and Budget News Coverage|

Amber Wallin, the Deputy Director of New Mexico Voices for Children, pointed to the recent tax cut that became law as a driving force for the desire to cut federal spending from social welfare programs. “We just had a $1.4 trillion tax cut that mainly goes to wealthy individuals, the most well-connected, the biggest corporations,” she said. “But at the same time we’re cutting crucial benefits for the kids and families who need them the most. It’s just unacceptable.”