Program areas at New Mexico Voices for Children
Tax fairness & budget adequacy- nmvc believes in equitable, responsible, and transparent tax & budget policies that generate sufficient revenues & address income inequality. Nmvc also believes that Children & families should be a high priority in federal, state & local budgets, as should essential services & functions. This includes ensuring adequate budgets for health, education, & public safety services, as well as infrastructure improvement; supporting progressive tax policies & essential government programs that directly benefit low and middle income New mexicans & reduce poverty; promoting transparency & accountablity in tax policy, tax incentives, and throughout the budgeting process; and close tax loopholes & require that all corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
Economic security & prosperity - nmvc believes that long-term economic prosperity involves promoting economic and workforce development opportunities for all New mexicans and supporting access to adequate wages, benefits, and work supports. This includes extending increase access to, and fully fund wage and work support programs such as unemployment insurance, adult education, temporary assistance for needy families, job training incentive program, and the raising and indexing of the minimum wage; promoting consumer protection initiatives, especially those related to financial services; increase funding for programs serving homeless and low-income individuals and families; and support evidence based economic development strategies that are committed to job creation, educational improvement, and infrastructure investments.
Healthy and safe communities - nmvc believes that it is an ethical and moral imperative that all New Mexico Children and families should have access to a comprehensive and high-quality system of physical, oral, mental and behavioral health care, as well as prevention and wellness resources. Nmvc also believes that all New mexicans should live and thrive in safe and supportive communities. This includes fully supporting and completely implementing the affordable care act, including the "no wrong door" policy; simplifying and increasing enrollment in and expanding access to public health, prevention, and wellness programs, especially in rural, tribal and low-income area; increasing investments in school-based health care, teen pregnancy prevention, out-of-school-time programs, community & youth development, community schools, and community involvement; supporting efforts to enhance public and child safety, reduce incidence of adverse childhood events such as child abuse and domestic violence, promote effective gun safety measures, and enacting restorative justice initiatives to break the school-to-prison pipeline.