Nov 30 2021

Advocates Call Congress to Act on DOI’s New Report on Better Protecting Public Lands and State Revenues

2022-04-06T16:52:29-06:00Press Releases|

For too long, the antiqued federal oil and gas leasing program has allowed oil and gas companies to litter our public lands with orphaned wells while working New Mexicans are forced to foot the bill to clean them up. The reforms that DOI has put forth in its new report will protect taxpayers and protect our public lands.

Nov 02 2021

Child Advocates Support EPA Methane Rules, Call for Stronger Protection

2022-04-06T16:53:01-06:00Press Releases|

“We need strong rules that put an end to methane pollution from the oil and gas industry in order to protect today’s children – as they are disproportionately harmed by the air pollution it causes. We also need them to safeguard children of the future – as they will suffer the increasingly dire consequences of the climate crisis we continue to exacerbate."

Jun 21 2021

New Mexico Bumped Up to 49th in the Nation in Child Well-being

2022-04-06T16:56:30-06:00Press Releases|

New Mexico is no longer ranked last for child well-being by the national 2021 KIDS COUNT Data Book. The Data Book, released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has New Mexico ranked at 49th – up from 50th last year. The higher ranking correlates with improvements the state was seeing in child well-being prior to the start of the pandemic.

May 20 2021

Child Advocates: State Cannot Continue to Leave Taxpayers on Hook for Cleaning Up After the Oil and Gas Industry

2022-04-06T16:57:18-06:00Press Releases|

“New Mexico already has more than 700 abandoned wells that need to be plugged and the land restored at a cost of millions. Meanwhile, these orphaned wells are likely polluting our air, land, and water. Another 529 wells are at risk of becoming orphaned just on New Mexico’s federal public lands alone. This will leave our children with a terrible legacy of environmental degradation, the health problems created by pollution, and the extraordinary cost to clean it all up. That’s not the kind of future we should be preparing to leave New Mexico’s children.

Mar 30 2021

New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham Signs Bill Eliminating Fines & Fees for Children

2022-04-05T15:44:29-06:00Press Releases|

“Virtually all of incarcerated youth in New Mexico – 99% – have experienced some form of trauma that influenced their decision making,” said Javier Rojo, Research and Policy Analyst with New Mexico Voices for Children. “Tacking court-ordered costs onto an already traumatic experience only adds stress to their lives. The elimination of fines and fees is a big step forward in creating a more just system that focuses on rehabilitation rather than punishment.”

Mar 25 2021

Sen. Heinrich, Advocates Praise American Rescue Plan, Expand on its Impact for New Mexico Families

2022-04-06T16:58:05-06:00Press Releases|

All of the speakers touched on the enormous reach of the ARPA and expressed the hope that the Child Tax Credit portion is made permanent. “This is such a far-reaching investment in our children,” said Jimenez. “Advocates like to say that a budget is a moral document. This is a moral statement about the importance of investing in our children.”

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