Statements of Representatives Antonio Maestas and Javier Martinez on the Tabling of HJR1, Permanent Funds for Early Childhood

Statements of Representatives Antonio Maestas and Javier Martinez on the Tabling of HJR1, Permanent Funds for Early Childhood

Resolution Proposing Statewide Funding for Early Childhood Education Passed the House for the First Time, But Tabled in Senate Committee

Santa Fe, NM

“I am profoundly disappointed in our inability as a state to fully embrace the science of early childhood education, however, I am proud of history we have made. It is a great victory to get this far in the process with such a far-reaching proposal. We will not stop fighting for New Mexico’s future until this resolution goes to the voters. The hardworking people of New Mexico deserve the opportunity to have a say in the future of their families and their state. It is a moral imperative that we invest in early childhood education now." - Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque)

"Children who benefit from early childhood programs have significantly better life outcomes in education, health, social behavior, and employment. They are more likely to graduate from high school and college and less likely to be involved in crime. We intend to keep this momentum on early childhood education going forward and we will not stop until it is on the ballot for the voters to decide." - Rep. Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque)