New Mexico Voices for Children

New Mexico Voices for Children 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.
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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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We're very pleased to welcome Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales as the opening speaker for our 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Con...
11/20/2020

We're very pleased to welcome Lieutenant Governor Howie Morales as the opening speaker for our 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference Session 3! To see more of our speakers, and to register for this virtual event today, go to www.nmvoices.org/kcc #NMKIDSCOUNT

Families need support now more than ever, and the Working Families Tax Credit can help put money back into the pockets o...
11/19/2020
The Working Families Tax Credit Will Help New Mexico Bounce Back

Families need support now more than ever, and the Working Families Tax Credit can help put money back into the pockets of families who have lost income due to the pandemic. We urge our state policymakers to expand the WFTC in support of kids and families. #NMleg #StrongerNM

Download this fact sheet (Updated Nov. 2020; 2 pages; pdf) For more information on the Working Families Tax Credit: Link to our 4-page policy brief (Jan. 2020) Link to our 20-page report (Feb. 2019)

If NM stands any chance of recovering from this economic downturn, legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham have ...
11/18/2020
New Mexico wary of oil downturn as agencies trim budgets

If NM stands any chance of recovering from this economic downturn, legislators and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham have to come up with bold solutions that prioritize New Mexicans without slashing the budgets of the programs they rely on. We MUST diversify now. #NMleg #StrongerNM #NMpol

Drilling for new wells in state's share of Permian Basin falls sharply

11/17/2020
Methane Voices - Penny Aucoin & Dee George

“If the industry is flaring or venting gas without paying a royalty for it, then that's taking money out of the pockets of the people of New Mexico and the people of the United States.” Hear more from Carlsbad resident and longtime former Bureau of Land Management employee Jim Goodbar in a new video at MethaneMattersNM.org.

Penny Aucoin and husband Dee George think about leaving the land Dee planted trees on when he was nine due to their experience with oil and gas pollution fro...

New Mexicans need bold and innovative solutions from policymakers to accelerate the diversification of our state’s econo...
11/16/2020
OPINION | It's time NM diversified away from oil, gas

New Mexicans need bold and innovative solutions from policymakers to accelerate the diversification of our state’s economy, to make our tax system more fair, and to strategically invest in our most precious asset – our people. #NMleg #StrongerNM #NMpol

OPINION | From the supercomputing work at our national labs to the out-of-this-world flights from our spacepor ...

The 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference Session 3, the final installment of our virtual #NMKIDSCOUNT Conference, is in just...
11/16/2020
KIDS COUNT Conference

The 8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference Session 3, the final installment of our virtual #NMKIDSCOUNT Conference, is in just two weeks! Click below to see the agenda for this event, to learn more about our speakers and to register today.

8th Annual KIDS COUNT Conference 2020 VIRTUAL SERIES REGISTER HERE Haga clic aquí para Español NM Voices for Children

Are you in need of cash assistance due to the economic fallout of COVID? Request your NM #CareCard today! Anyone who is ...
11/12/2020

Are you in need of cash assistance due to the economic fallout of COVID? Request your NM #CareCard today! Anyone who is struggling for income amid this pandemic is illegible. Visit https://nmcarecards.org/request/ to request your card.

All New Mexicans deserve access to affordable, nutritious food, especially during a global pandemic that is impacting ou...
11/12/2020
Demand ‘increasing dramatically’ for food aid in New Mexico

All New Mexicans deserve access to affordable, nutritious food, especially during a global pandemic that is impacting our economy. This is another reason why implementing a food tax will seriously harm kids and families and make it even more difficult to put food on the table. #NMleg #NoFoodTax

The Food Depot estimates the demand for hunger relief in the state has risen 30 percent amid the pandemic.

Loopholes like these enable the oil and gas industry to continue polluting our lands and communities. It's time to hold ...
11/12/2020
New Mexico treasurer says methane proposal has loopholes

Loopholes like these enable the oil and gas industry to continue polluting our lands and communities. It's time to hold the oil and gas industry accountable, close loopholes that allow dangerous pollution, and diversify our economy so we can move away from our dependence on oil and gas revenue. #NMleg #CutMethane

Proposed rules by the energy agency deal with waste due to venting and flaring in oilfields.

Join our Deputy Director Amber Wallin tomorrow morning for a panel on child well-being! Amber will present to the Legisl...
11/11/2020
www.nmlegis.gov

Join our Deputy Director Amber Wallin tomorrow morning for a panel on child well-being! Amber will present to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee at 9:30 am. Click the link below for more details. #nmleg

Many parents are sacrificing income to care for their children during the pandemic, which is slowing our economy. Like o...
11/11/2020
Surveys say inadequate child care options slow Montana's economy | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Many parents are sacrificing income to care for their children during the pandemic, which is slowing our economy. Like other states, New Mexico should prioritize the funding of early childhood education and care programs, and we can start with the Land Grant Permanent Fund. #NMleg #InvestinKidsNow

Households and employers report substantial losses from a shortage of child care arrangements that meet families’ needs

NM #CareCards are prepaid gift cards that people can use to get a meal at a local restaurant, or purchase groceries or n...
11/11/2020

NM #CareCards are prepaid gift cards that people can use to get a meal at a local restaurant, or purchase groceries or necessities. Donate today to help more of these cards reach households struggling amidst the COVID pandemic. To donate visit https://nmcarecards.org/donate/

When more families have access to health coverage through laws like the Affordable Care Act, families and communities ha...
11/10/2020
How the Affordable Care Act has helped make New Mexico families healthier (part 1)

When more families have access to health coverage through laws like the Affordable Care Act, families and communities have better health outcomes. Today, the Supreme Court began hearing a lawsuit to repeal the ACA, which would have a huge impact on New Mexicans who depend on it for health coverage. Read more in our latest blog below. #NMleg #NMpol

By Derek Lin, MPH November 10, 2020 Expanding access to health care is one of the most effective ways to promote a healthy future for New Mexico. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has made significant progress on this front by helping cut New Mexico’s uninsured rate in half

Join us for the FINAL session of our 8th Annual #NMKIDSCOUNT Conference! Registration is now live, so please visit www.n...
11/10/2020

Join us for the FINAL session of our 8th Annual #NMKIDSCOUNT Conference! Registration is now live, so please visit www.nmvoices.org/kcc to secure your tickets, and to learn more about our speakers and programming.

"Women legislators introduce more bills that directly benefit women; they bring home greater funds to their home distric...
11/09/2020
Electing women to office makes a difference

"Women legislators introduce more bills that directly benefit women; they bring home greater funds to their home districts; and on average, female lawmakers have passed twice as many bills as their male colleagues in recent sessions of Congress, according to a report on the news site Vox." #NMleg #NMpol

Glass ceilings are not broken in an instant, as the nation as seen. But eventually there is progress.

We can use this momentum to build a path to a #StrongerNM by putting child and family well-being first! By prioritizing ...
11/06/2020

We can use this momentum to build a path to a #StrongerNM by putting child and family well-being first! By prioritizing a fairer tax and budget system, expanding healthcare and early childhood programs, and doing so much more for our families, our state will rise to defeat this recession. #NMLeg #NMPol

11/05/2020
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New Mexico State Legislators will join community organizations and allies to discuss Albuquerque’s proposed paid time off bill introduced by Albuquerque City Councilors Lan Sena and Pat Davis. Workers will share why having paid time off is crucial for their health and safety and the health of their families. Legislators will discuss the importance of paid sick leave and paid time off for hardworking families in New Mexico.

Representation matters! We're pleased to see New Mexico elect its first Black State Senator. This is a good step towards...
11/04/2020
A 108-year barrier falls as N.M. gets first Black senator

Representation matters! We're pleased to see New Mexico elect its first Black State Senator. This is a good step towards representation for New Mexicans and more equitable public policy at the state level. #NMleg #NMpol #BLM

Democrat Harold Pope Jr. bested Republican Sen. Sander Rue in Northwest Albuquerque's District 23. The unofficial margin was about 5 percentage points.

Funds like these are a step in the right direction, but we can do more at the state level to support mental health in sc...
11/04/2020
State receives $2.4M from feds to fund behavioral health in public schools

Funds like these are a step in the right direction, but we can do more at the state level to support mental health in schools. By prioritizing student mental health, we can lower unnecessary school discipline and keep our students on the right track for success. #NMleg #NMpol

The Public Education Department will receive $2,387,208 to hire more than 400 mental health providers for schools over the next five years.

"New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squand...
11/02/2020
New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squander It.

"New Mexico Has the Opportunity to Enact Some of the Best Oil-and-Gas Pollution Rules in the Nation. It Shouldn’t Squander It.” Time for the New Mexico Environment Department to hold oil and gas accountable and close loopholes in methane and air pollution rules #NMPol #CutMethane

If done right, it will deliver tremendous environmental and economic benefits and set an example for other states to follow... This summer, as massive wildfires raged across the west, destroying towns and cities and forcing hundreds of thousands of Americans to evacuate their homes, the Trump Admini...

"As an outdoor educator, I know what is possible when young people engage with nature."Oil and gas operations are threat...
11/02/2020
Protect our children by protecting our public lands

"As an outdoor educator, I know what is possible when young people engage with nature."

Oil and gas operations are threatening kids, especially our young kids of color, and limiting their potential to engage with nature. We can move away from our dependence on the oil and gas industry and protect kids. #NMleg #NMpol

Not until I lived in New Mexico did I appreciate the value of public lands as an educational tool.

New Mexicans need health coverage more than ever. Health insurance exchange's open enrollment is now open, so be sure to...
11/02/2020
New Mexico health insurance exchange's open enrollment begins

New Mexicans need health coverage more than ever. Health insurance exchange's open enrollment is now open, so be sure to enroll and get covered today! #NMpol

Enrollment is likely to increase this year because the pandemic has left more people jobless, and they may want to ensure they're covered if they contract the virus, exchange officials

We can pave a path to a #StrongerNM by closing costly and ineffective tax breaks, but we need to and can do that without...
10/30/2020
New Mexico tax breaks cost $1B in annual revenue

We can pave a path to a #StrongerNM by closing costly and ineffective tax breaks, but we need to and can do that without taxing food. It's time for New Mexico to diversify its economy and move away from its dependence on oil and gas revenue. #NMleg #NMpol

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🚨🚨The IRS has extended the deadline for some parents to claim $500 stimulus checks for children under 17 to November 21....
10/29/2020
Perspective | The IRS is making a final push to get stimulus payments to millions of Americans

🚨🚨The IRS has extended the deadline for some parents to claim $500 stimulus checks for children under 17 to November 21. Click the article below to learn more and find out if you're eligible. 🚨🚨

The IRS is making a push to get people who haven't received a stimulus payment to use its online non-filers tool by Nov. 21. Low-income Americans who are non-filers were previously told they had until Oct. 15 to claim a payment.

New Mexico has an oil and gas waste problem. Permian-wide about 4 to 7 barrels of wastewater are produced for every sing...
10/28/2020
Environmental Watchdog Group Highlights Radioactive Waste as Consequence of Oil and Gas Industry

New Mexico has an oil and gas waste problem. Permian-wide about 4 to 7 barrels of wastewater are produced for every single barrel of oil. This waste contains radioactive materials, secret chemicals, heavy metals and hydrocarbons.

KSFR-FM has a great story w/ Earthworks that lays out how New Mexico’s Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department needs to step up.

Wake Up Call's MK Mendoza speaks with Melissa Troutman Research and Policy Analyst for Earthworks.org about recent concerns surrounding radioactive waste

Transit equity is about the communities most impacted having what they need and transit sovereignty is communities most ...
10/28/2020
Report: Albuquerque park access lacking for vulnerable communities, but expanded transit could help

Transit equity is about the communities most impacted having what they need and transit sovereignty is communities most impacted making their own decisions about transportation needs including being at the decision-making table. A new #TransitToParks we helped release today is one way for those most impacted to be at the table and make suggestions for how we can have better transit, better communities and increased health outcomes.

Albuquerque is home to many parks and open spaces, but they’re not accessible enough to low-income families and communities of color. Expanded public transit and other policy changes can make Albuquerque parks more equitable.

Every hard working person in #NM deserves the opportunity to earn paid sick time to care for themselves or their family,...
10/27/2020

Every hard working person in #NM deserves the opportunity to earn paid sick time to care for themselves or their family, especially now during the pandemic. People without earned sick leave are more likely to go to work with contagious illnesses and put the general public at risk. The state needs to pass common sense policies that protect ALL workers under this state of emergency.

These upcoming federal lease sales are a treat for the oil and gas industry, and a trick for the rest of us. The propose...
10/27/2020
Upcoming federal lease sales put the trick in “trick or treat”

These upcoming federal lease sales are a treat for the oil and gas industry, and a trick for the rest of us. The proposed lease sales of over 7,000 acres of public land in the Carlsbad area is irresponsible, bad for our economy, and more importantly bad for our children, families, and communities. Read more in our lastest blog linked below. #NMleg #NMpol

By James Jimenez October 27, 2020 We all love a little scare at Halloween, but what the Trump Administration has cooked up for this October will be truly frightening. What’s more, it’s a treat for the oil and gas industry and a trick for the rest of us. This upcoming

🚨🚨 New Mexico voters! If you plan to vote by mail, mail your ballot TODAY to make sure your vote counts. For more inform...
10/27/2020

🚨🚨 New Mexico voters! If you plan to vote by mail, mail your ballot TODAY to make sure your vote counts. For more information visit https://www.sos.state.nm.us/ #NMpol 🚨🚨

We're thankful to see New Mexico's behavioral health system being prioritized and funded. We need to continue to make in...
10/26/2020
New Mexico Awarded $9.6M In Behavioral Health Grants

We're thankful to see New Mexico's behavioral health system being prioritized and funded. We need to continue to make investments in the kinds of services that strengthen our families and communities, especially during these difficult times. #NMleg #NMpol

https://ladailypost.com/new-mexico-awarded-9-6-million-in-behavioral-health-grants/

SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded two federal grants: $6 million from the Department of Justice to support those impacted by illicit opioids, stimulants and other drugs of abuse, and $3.6 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address the growing behavioral health needs of th...

Covid has taught every parent the true value of having qualified, well-compensated teachers in the classroom. But teache...
10/26/2020
Study shows drop in educator vacancies across New Mexico

Covid has taught every parent the true value of having qualified, well-compensated teachers in the classroom. But teachers need to be compensated what they're worth. We've made some strides toward better teacher pay, but still have a lot of catching up to do. #NMleg #NMpol

Lower enrollment may have reduced vacancies, researcher says

No one in New Mexico should be at risk of losing their housing because of financial difficulties brought on by the COVID...
10/23/2020
housingnm.org

No one in New Mexico should be at risk of losing their housing because of financial difficulties brought on by the COVID pandemic. Thank you to MFA Housing New Mexico for offering housing payment assistance during these difficult times. For more information, please read the flyer below.

The oil and gas industry has been declining for years. It's time for New Mexico to pave a path to a #StrongerNM with sta...
10/22/2020
New Mexico's oil and gas collapse could last years amid calls for economic diversification

The oil and gas industry has been declining for years. It's time for New Mexico to pave a path to a #StrongerNM with stable revenues, instead of continuing to prioritize corporations and the wealthy. #NMleg #NMpol

Earlier this year, lawmakers faced a $400 million shortfall in the state’s budget which many attributed to declines in the oil and gas markets.

Students of color have always experienced disparities in our education system. Now, COVID is making those disparities wo...
10/22/2020
COVID complicates college prep for Native students - New Mexico In Depth

Students of color have always experienced disparities in our education system. Now, COVID is making those disparities worse and more transparent. This is just one reason that our lawmakers should robustly fund our education system instead of making cuts, so our students can achieve their true potential, regardless of race. #NMleg

It’s a crisp late afternoon in Northern New Mexico, the kind of day that invites you to drive with your windows down or chop firewood in preparation for winter. If this were a normal year, Marisa Gutierrez might not register the seasonal change. The 18 year old is usually beyond busy. But this is ...

We can't blame COVID-19. NM's oil & gas industry has been in trouble for the last decade -- and it's not likely to recov...
10/21/2020
Top 10 Signs New Mexico’s Oil and Gas Industry Won’t Save our State Budget

We can't blame COVID-19. NM's oil & gas industry has been in trouble for the last decade -- and it's not likely to recover to pre-2019 levels. Read more in our latest factsheet, based on the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis's latest report. #NMleg #CutMethane #NMpol

Download this fact sheet (Oct. 2020; 1 page; pdf) O&G Prices are Down. Prices for New Mexico’s oil and gas have been declining since 2014. From 2015 to 2019, prices fell an average of 44% – and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Ending Child Poverty in NM

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.

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