The 2014 NM Legislative Session closed with the approval of a $6.2 billion dollar budget. The budget, which now goes to Governor Susana Martinez for signature, passed in the New Mexico Senate 42-0 and it passed in the New Mexico House of Representatives 58-8. During the legislative session, New Mexico First championed bills in the areas of water planning, STEM education, energy planning, healthcare, workforce development and economic growth. We are pleased to announce that several policies we supported were successful.
2014 New Mexico First Legislative Accomplishments
STEM Education: Two million dollars ($2,000,000) for STEM education initiatives, with five-hundred thousand ($500,000) of those funds allocated for professional development. The legislature also declared February 7 through 14, 2014, as “New Mexico STEM Education Week.”
Workforce and Economic Development: One million five-hundred thousand ($1,500,000) to the New Mexico Economic Development department for the job training incentive program (JTIP).
Water planning: One-hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) for water planning to the Interstate Stream Commission to update the state and regional water plans.
Healthcare: New Mexicans called for increasing the number of licensed healthcare professionals at the centennial town hall. We are pleased to announce that healthcare expansion received considerable attention and numerous appropriations!
In the coming legislative sessions, we will continue to champion policies based on citizen recommendations developed at our town halls and planning summits.