Apr 10 2019

New Federal Proposal Gives Needed Boost to New Mexico’s Working Families

2019-04-16T11:56:19-06:00Press Releases|

“The Working Families Tax Relief Act would have lasting benefits for millions of children,” said Amber Wallin, deputy director of NM Voices. “Kids whose families receive working family tax credits do better in school, are likelier to attend college, and are likely to earn more as adults.” That’s important not only for the children themselves but for our state, nation, and economy,”

Mar 21 2019

Report: New Mexico Should Invest in Public Infrastructure to Build a Strong Economy

2019-03-21T12:37:11-06:00Press Releases|

“This report makes it clear that while the Legislature and Governor were wise to invest some of the state’s oil-boom revenue surplus in building our infrastructure, we still have a long way to go,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “New Mexico must find a way to significantly increase stable, sustainable revenues in order to make the long-term infrastructure investments that supports a 21st century economy.”

Mar 14 2019

Child Advocates: Underfunding of U.S. Census Likely to Hurt NM

2019-03-14T10:08:04-06:00Press Releases|

“The census – which is required by the U.S. Constitution – is foundational to our democracy,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “It’s used to determine voting districts for elections ranging from school boards to the U.S. House of Representatives. And, of course, it determines how much federal funding New Mexico will receive for everything from education to health care to highway maintenance. So we need to ensure that everyone is counted.”

Mar 08 2019

Report: NM Should Boost Working Families & Build a Stronger Economy by Expanding its Earned Income Tax Credit

2019-03-07T16:50:40-06:00Press Releases|

Policymakers in Santa Fe should expand New Mexico’s Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC), a state version of the successful federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that helps working families earning low wages meet basic needs. State EITCs – which are on the books in 29 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico – build on the success of the federal credit by reducing hardship for working families and children, and boosting the nation’s future economic prospects.

Mar 06 2019

Report: School Funding in New Mexico Still Lower than a Decade Ago

2019-03-06T16:13:34-06:00Press Releases|

New Mexico is one of several states that have failed to increase their total per-student funding compared to a decade ago, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). While 26 states have made larger investments in their K-12 students since 2008, per-student funding in New Mexico remained 9 percent less in 2016 than in 2008, after adjusting for inflation.

Feb 12 2019

Poll: New Mexicans Overwhelmingly Support Raising Taxes to Spur Investments in Classrooms, Mental Health, Infrastructure

2019-02-12T10:09:15-06:00Press Releases|

New Mexico voters overwhelmingly support raising taxes on corporations and those with the highest incomes and using the revenue raised to invest in early childhood and K-12 education, as well as college scholarships, according to a new poll commissioned by New Mexico Voices for Children. Greater funding for mental health services, infrastructure, public safety, and clean energy also all received strong support.

Jan 24 2019

Report: NM Lacks Adequate Need-based Funding for College

2019-01-24T11:48:47-06:00Press Releases|

In a state with one of the highest poverty rates in the nation, it would make sense to ensure that state financial aid goes to those who need assistance but that is not the case according to a report released today by New Mexico Voices for Children. Part of the solution is for the state Legislature to immediately replenish the College Affordability Fund from the budget surplus now available.

Jan 21 2019

Report: Renewable Energy Could Replace Economic Loss from Closure of San Juan Generating Station

2019-01-24T11:53:16-06:00Press Releases|

The impending closure of the San Juan coal-fired power plant and mine does not have to signal economic doom for the small town of Waterflow, NM, where the plant is located. The site is an excellent candidate to be redeveloped for green energy production. That’s one of the conclusions from a new report by economist Kelly O’Donnell, Ph.D.