On behalf of a broad coalition of individuals, businesses, and NGOs, New Mexico First is pleased to present a Letter to the NM House and Senate Leadership
on the 2020 Special Session of the NM Legislature. The intention of the letter is to promote sound democratic processes and outcomes during the special
legislative session. With gratitude to our legislative leadership, this broad coalition is offering suggestions to ensure community voices in policy
decision-making are heard. ..
Good Government Tops 2019 Session Agenda ..
Higher education, workforce development, agriculture bills led the list ..
NM SB81 - Increase Certain Scholarship Amounts (sponsored by Sen. Gay Kernan) passed the Senate
Education Committee unanimously. This bill would begin to replenish New Mexico’s College Affordability Endowment Fund,
helping to ensure that older, nontraditional and tribal students receive modest tuition relief when pursuing a degree or certificate program. ..
New Mexico First’s legislative platform comes from consensus‐driven town hall deliberations. The two‐day statewide town halls are typically comprised
of 200 or more people representing urban, rural and tribal communities. Participants include students, parents, educators, nonprofit and business professionals,
and government officials. New Mexico First is pleased to advance high priority legislation that is based on the 2018 higher ed town hall recommendations and the 2016 economy town hall recommendations. Additionally,
New Mexico First supports legislation that is based on the Ag Plan. The plan was developed as the result of the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture project that began in 2016 to address unprecedented challenges to
the health of the industry. Track legislation with us! Download our legislative priorities brief.
Heather Balas, New Mexico First's executive director, testified before N.M. State Legislature, House Education Committee about the role of the College
Affordability Fund bill and the importance of reinstating funding, a priority of New Mexico First's 2018 statewide town hall on higher education. ..
Now that the 2018 Legislative Session has concluded and the Governor has met her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce that your voice
for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations developed by
citizens during our town halls and forums. We are delighted to report that the Legislature agreed with multiple bills and memorials during its 30-day
legislative session, which ended Feb. 15, and the governor signed most of those bills by the March 7 deadline.
The legislative session is underway, and New Mexico First is actively following economy, water, agriculture and education policy. We are supporting legislation
that aligns with town hall recommendations from the Statewide Town Hall on Water (2014) ,
the Statewide Town Hall on Economic Vitality (2016)and the Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Strategic Plan (Ag Plan). ..