Jun 22 2020

NM Still Ranks 50th in Nation for Child Well-being Despite Small Improvements

2022-04-05T15:54:16-06:00Press Releases|

“What these data reflect is the end result of ten years of stingy state budgets under previous administrations that starved our schools, courts, health care, and other services that our families and businesses need in order to thrive,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, which runs the Kids Count program in New Mexico. “We were able to undo some of that damage during the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions, but how lawmakers respond to the current recession will determine whether those gains are sustained,” he added.

Jun 18 2020

Media Statement: Child Advocates Praise Supreme Court Decision on DACA

2022-04-05T15:55:02-06:00Press Releases|

“Born of the failure of Congress to enact true immigration reform, DACA has never been a perfect program, but it is a step in the right direction for the hundreds of thousands of young people born in another country. For many of these youth, America is the only home they have ever known. To deport them to what is, for some of them, a foreign country does not align to American values of fairness, inclusion, and the dream of a better life through hard work."

May 06 2020

Statement: Child Advocates Oppose Austerity, Press for Investments in Wake of State Revenue Estimates

2022-04-05T15:55:47-06:00Press Releases|

"The revenue estimate highlights how overly dependent New Mexico is on revenue from the volatile oil and gas industries. Thanks to ill-advised tax cuts in the past, oil and gas now account for one-third of the state budget. We simply can’t be that reliant on an industry with a boom-or-bust track record, particularly when the whole economy sours and other revenue streams take a hit due to the pandemic."

Apr 30 2020

NM’s Immigrants Mostly Left Out of COVID-19 Relief

2022-04-05T15:56:30-06:00Press Releases|

Many of New Mexico’s immigrants – including some with legal residency – have been mostly left out of ongoing state and federal relief efforts put in place to help blunt the coming recession and assist displaced workers and small business owners. That is one of the conclusions of a report released today to coincide with International Workers’ Day, which is May 1.

Mar 25 2020

Trump Administration Should Postpone Oil and Gas Lease Sales Until Prices Stabilize

2022-04-05T15:57:14-06:00Press Releases|

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. Actions by the Trump Administration will make this long-term revenue crisis worse.

Feb 04 2020

Policy Brief: State Should End Exclusions for Effective Anti-Poverty Tax Credit

2022-04-05T15:59:28-06:00Press Releases|

“Given that we have one of the highest child poverty rates in the nation, it’s in the state’s best interest to expand this tax credit to more hard-working families with children,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “No child should be deprived of the benefits of this tax credit because of where their parents were born.”

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