We advocate for public policies that help reduce child poverty and improve the health and well-being of New Mexico's children, families, and communities.
Founded in 1987 by a group of pediatricians, New Mexico Voices for Children (NM Voices) is a progressive, nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization. To accomplish our mission, we work with state and national officials to shape and implement public policies that are supportive of children and working families. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Mission: Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the status and well-being of New Mexico's children, families, and communities in the areas of health, education, and economic security through credible research and effective advocacy.
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New Mexico has one of the worst food insecurity rates in the nation. This is why we strongly support HB 207, which will help improve food security for communities throughout New Mexico. Thank you to the sponsors (Melanie Stansbury for NM, Joanne Ferrary for NM House 37, Senator Liz Stefanics NM Senate District 39, and Karen Cares for New Mexico) for ensuring that more New Mexicans have access to quality nutritious food! #NMLeg #nmpol
A clean and healthy environment doesn’t contradict a sustainable economy for all New Mexicans. Nena Benavidez from CAFé Acción explains why New Mexico must act on climate now while also committing to a Just Transition. #nmleg #nmpol
Commentary: The science is crystal clear. We have less than ten years to radically change our course or face the great consequences of our ongoing
New Mexico First, Representative Stansbury, and Representative Ferrary are working to advocate for HB 207: The Food, Hunger, & Farm Act.
A Press Conference will be held TOMORROW, February 12, at Noon! Watch the Facebook Live Stream to learn more about the act!
Today is New Mexico's #ImmigrantDayofAction! Immigrants in our state make significant economic contributions, including the $1 billion they pay each year in federal, state and local taxes, and the $3.2 billion they spend on goods and services. Read more about the positive impact immigrants have on our economy in our latest report: https://www.nmvoices.org/archives/15191
Bonding requirements need to be updated to protect the health of our communities and ensure that the oil and gas industry is responsible for cleaning up their mess. A new poll shows that 92% of NM voters agree! Learn more about orphaned wells below. #NMleg State of the Rockies Project
Download this policy brief (Feb. 2021; 4 pages; pdf) Overproduction, a global price war, and the COVID-19 pandemic have led many oil and gas companies in New Mexico and across the West to file for bankruptcy. This means orphaned wells – inactive wells that
Predatory lenders intentionally take advantage of New Mexicans by trapping them in cycles of debt. This type of lending disproportionately harms our communities of color and those earning low incomes. We strongly support SB 66 which will cap small loan interest rates at 36%, making it possible for New Mexicans to access fairer lending. #NMleg #NMpol
Maximum would fall to 36% from 175%
A new poll from State of the Rockies Project shows 92% of New Mexico voters support requiring oil and gas companies, rather than federal and state governments, to pay for all clean-up and land restoration after drilling is finished. To learn more about this important issue, check out our latest GIF-splainer! 👉 https://www.nmvoices.org/archives/15071
New Mexico suspended over 215,000 driver's licenses from 2016 to 2018, all because of court debt or missed court hearings. SB 7, sponsored by Senator Peter Wirth, ends debt-based driver's license suspensions, making communities safer, and getting hard-working New Mexicans back on the road. #NMleg #NMpol
It is common in the U.S. for drivers to lose a license for reckless driving or driving while under the influence. In New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty and unemployment rates in the country, licenses may also be suspended for a failure to pay a variety of court fines and fees, a failur...
Tune in now! The House Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Committee is hearing #HB9, the Climate Solutions Act. This bill would reduce climate pollution using new economic strategies that will ensure all New Mexicans thrive in a healthier future. #NMleg #NMpol
Thank you to our state legislators for bringing this crucial economic relief package, including $600 payments to those who claim the Working Families Tax Credit, to the Governor's desk so quickly! We can and will recover from this pandemic with targeted investments in our most precious asset - our people. #NMleg #StrongerNM
Several pieces of legislation designed to help New Mexico residents and business owners deal with the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to head to Gov. Michelle Lujan
🔴 It's happening 🔴
NM Climate Solutions Act (HB9) is getting its first hearing this Saturday @ 9 a.m. in the House Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
We need your support in emailing 💻 and/or calling 📲 legislators to ask them to support this bold effort. HB9 ensures New Mexicans have a seat at the table in shaping our energy future, while creating high-quality jobs and diversifying our local economies in the process.
Here' s how to contact Legislators 👇
Our state will never recover from this economic crisis if we continue to depend on the oil and gas revenue roller coaster. It's time to for bold new revenue solutions that will allow us to move away from our over-dependence on oil and gas. #NMleg #StrongerNM #NMpol
"Lujan Grisham said, rather than debating about whether the state can afford to invest the endowment funds in young children, lawmakers are “debating what kind of a percentage — one, one-and-a-half, two. Those really are the debates. Not whether we can afford it, because we can. Not whether we have to, because we must.”
Thank you Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for speaking at our #NMKIDSCOUNT Databook release yesterday, and for emphasizing the importance of investments in early childhood education and care. It's time to invest at least 1% of the LGPF into the education of our youngest kids. #NMleg #NMpol #InvestInKidsNow
New Mexico Voices for Children on Wednesday released its annual Kids Count Data Book along with other indicators that help chart child welfare.
It's time to put more money into the pockets of hard-working New Mexico families by increasing the Working Families Tax Credit this legislative session. Let's continue to make strategic investments in this proven poverty-fighting program in order to build a #StrongerNM. #NMleg #NMpol
It's finally here! This year's #NMKIDSCOUNT Databook is on our website, with all of the latest data on child well-being. Click below to find out how COVID-19 has impacted our kids, and to find other important data on child well-being in New Mexico. #NMleg #strongernm
Building on Resilience Download the full data book (Feb. 2021; 106 pages; pdf) Find more data for New Mexico and the U.S. at the KIDS COUNT Data Center Introduction There is no place quite like New Mexico. From our beautiful landscapes to our unique
Senate Bill 11 will help to diversify our economy, create new jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions harming our environment. Thank you Senator Mimi Stewart and Senator Nathan Small for sponsoring this legislation! #NMleg #NMpol
OPINION | There is a common misperception improving our environment comes at the cost of our economic well-bei ...
Our 2020 #NMKIDSCOUNT Databook is being released tomorrow! Join us for a press conference with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham where we'll discuss this year's data and the overall state of child well-being in New Mexico. The press conference will be live right here on our page, so be sure to tune in at 9am. #NMleg #NMpol
According to a 2021 poll, 75% of voters including Republicans, Democrats & Independents support using 1% of New Mexico’s $20 billion Land Grant Permanent Fundfor early childhood programs. #InvestInKidsNOW #nmleg #HJR1
New Mexico families need economic relief. Expanding the Working Families Tax Credit is one way to put money directly back into the pockets of those who need it most. We urge #NMleg and @GovMLG to expand the WFTC and invest in families. #StrongerNM #EITC
When families receive the Working Families Tax Credit, they spend the money quickly and locally. This is a direct investment not only in working families, but in our local economy. The WFTC is a crucial financial support that helps build a #StrongerNM. #NMleg #EITC
It’s finally here! The Climate Solutions Act sponsored by Rep. Angelica Rubio & Rep. Melanie Stansbury is NM’s first step towards a #JustTransition for every New Mexican–regardless of class or background–ensuring they have a fair chance to be part of the new clean energy economy.
#HB9 begins to set the right foundation for the bold, long-term work NM needs to do to make sure communities across the state have a say in what they need to successfully be part of the new clean energy economy. It also ensures historically marginalized communities across the state, especially rural communities and communities of color, can diversify their local economy and guarantees New Mexicans are first in line to prepare for the high quality jobs in clean energy.
A Just Transition into NM’s new clean energy economy is vital for increasing fairness on how our families will be first to reap the benefits of new industries and economic development. Making sure that historically disadvantaged communities have a seat at the table to envision a stronger and healthier NM is the best way to move forward together!
Can you email Legislators on the House Labor Committee and tell them to leave no working family behind? Pass the ‘Paid Sick Leave Act’ w/ no amendments, tiers or carve-outs. New Mexicans need paid sick leave & HB37 is the bill to do it. #nmleg
HJR1 is being heard today in the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. We urge our state legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to make the equitable education of our youngest kids a top priority. #NMLeg #HJR1
After a decade of organizing, early childhood education advocates in New Mexico are convinced they are about to secure something historic: a change to
HB 42 is being heard in the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee. This bill will update the Low Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate and give critical financial support to families struggling to survive the pandemic. #NMleg #StrongerNM #UpdateTheRebate
"We can build the kind of New Mexico we all want – one where jobs pay a family-sustaining wage and children receive a world-class education – but only when everyone does their part."
We simply cannot build a #StrongerNM without adequate, sustainable revenue sources that will allow us to fully fund education, healthcare, and more. It's time to get off of the oil and gas roller coaster and provide economic relief to those who need it most. #NMleg #NMpol
We can build the kind of New Mexico we all want – one where jobs pay a family-sustaining wage and children receive a world-class education – but only when everyone does their part. That means having a stable and equitable tax system – one that asks the most from those who have the most and …
This Wednesday at noon, join the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for a launch of the department's new Early Childhood Strategic Plan. You can join via Facebook live on the ECECD page, or by clicking on the link below.
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All New Mexicans deserve access to quality healthcare programs, and we all benefit when we have healthier and stronger communities. We urge our state legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to fully fund Medicaid, making sure even more New Mexicans have access to this crucial program. #NMleg #NMpol
Residents have flocked to the federal- and state-subsidized health care program for people living in poverty or on the cusp, with 43 percent enrollment statewide as of November.
The Low Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate has the potential to be a great financial support for New Mexicans, especially during this economic crisis. But in order for that to happen, we need to bring this tax credit into the 21st century by updating it for the first time in 22 years. Read more here 👉 https://www.nmvoices.org/archives/14823 #NMleg #StrongerNM #NMpol
Private prisons commit human rights abuses, contribute to deadly #COVID19 outbreaks, and funnel money out of our state and communities. We urge #NMleg to #passHB40. Learn more at the link below.
The Problem Private profit driven prison contractors are inherently incentivized to maximize profits while minimizing costs. These contractors' primary duty is to their shareholders rather than to New Mexicans. New Mexico relies more heavily on private prisons than any other state in the US and rank...
The pandemic has caused childhood food insecurity rates to worsen in New Mexico. Now 1 in 3 kids lack access to quality, nutritious food. We continue to strongly oppose a tax on food, especially at a time when so many of New Mexico's kids are food insecure. #NMLeg #NoFoodTax #NMpol
New Mexico can't plan for a #StrongerNM without dependable and sustainable revenue sources. That's why we need to repeal the capital gains deduction, which largely benefits high earners and costs our state $30 million each year in crucial revenue. This tax giveaway will not pave the path to a better and more prosperous future for our state. #NMleg
The capital gains deduction limits New Mexico’s ability to plan for its future Download this fact sheet (Updated Jan. 2021; 2 pages; pdf) Download the 2020 fact sheet (updated Jan. 2020; 2 pages; pdf) The Problem New Mexico is one of only nine
Now that the legislative session has begun, we can make strides toward improved child well-being in our state, and build a #StrongerNM for all New Mexicans. We look forward to working with our state legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to make all of these positive changes happen for our state. #NMleg #NMpol
Today is the first day of the legislative session and we're ready to advocate for New Mexico's kids and families. We'll be there to fight for sound, evidence-based measures that will advance our state's economic recovery. We will continue to be a voice for New Mexico's kids. #NMleg #StrongerNM
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2020 KIDS COUNT Data Book Release Press Conference
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History Repeats: Lessons from the Kerner Commission for Today. A Conversation with Fred Harris
So wonderful to see the roundhouse packed with kids fighting for #ClimateJustice in New Mexico! Our kids are our future, and they’re urging us to prioritize climate justice as an investment in their futures. #NMleg
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There are still a few vendor tables left for the 7th Annual #NMKIDSCOUNT Conference! Get a table for only $150 to showcase your work, business, and materials to as many as 500 attendees. Go to www.nmvoices.org/kcc for more info.
Increase New Mexico's Working Families Tax Credit
Investing in New Mexico's families makes New Mexico thrive. Increase the Working Families Tax Credit, instead of adding more corporate tax cuts.
Morning greetings from the Southern New Mexico #KIDSCOUNT Conference in beautiful Las Cruces, with James Jimenez, Amber Wallin, Bill Jordan, and Farah Council!
End Hunger in New Mexico Day
Bill Jordan speaks to the crowd at the NM state Capitol during End Hunger in New Mexico Day.
Advocating for a future where all NM kids have the opportunity to thrive & achieve their potential.
NM Voices for Children was founded in 1987 by pediatricians who wanted to address the social determinants of the health of their patients. While they could treat the symptoms of conditions like poverty, hunger, abuse and neglect, they could not treat the underlying causes. To do that, they needed to change the state policies that allowed those conditions to exist and grow.
We are a nonpartisan, statewide advocacy organization. We champion public policies that improve the status and well-being of New Mexico's children, families, and communities in the areas of health, education, and economic security.
Because we believe in evidence-based advocacy, we conduct rigorous research and data analysis. We use that information to educate policymakers and the public about the problems New Mexico’s low-income children and families face, and the possible solutions. We often work in coalition with ally organizations that bring different strengths and strategies to the table. We also work with national partners, highlighting their data and research findings, and helping to make those findings relevant for New Mexicans.
Because disparities exist in child and family health and well-being along racial and ethnic lines, we look at data disaggregated by race and ethnicity whenever available, and consider the disparate impacts that public policies are likely to have for different races and ethnicities.