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You are invite to attend the New Mexico First Facilitation for Success Workshop

You are invited to attend the New Mexico First Facilitation for Success Workshop!

New Mexico First has a strong tradition of influencing public policy initiatives through our unique consensus-building process. We consistently look for people who are interested in using our facilitation model. Whether you are interested in volunteering to be a member of our leadership teams in the future or in leading groups at your own organization, we’d like to encourage you to attend our 2017 facilitation workshop.

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First Forum 2017 - Buy your tickets today!

First Forum 2017 - Buy your tickets today! U.S. Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott headline the event and awards ceremony.

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PED invites public comment on ESSA state plan

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has posted the proposed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state education plan for public review and comment. Feedback from over 600 New Mexicans from the fall 2016 ESSA community outreach series, convened by the PED in partnership with New Mexico First, played a significant role in shaping the proposed plan. ..

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Legislation advances on cliff effects, broadband and agriculture

The New Mexico First team has been busy in Santa Fe, with major advancement on three pieces of legislation and steady progress on several others. ..

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Nominations open for the 2017 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards


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New Mexico First Advancing Economic Reforms

From expanding statewide broadband to broadening opportunities for workforce training, to researching ways to reduce “cliff effects” for low-income families, New Mexico First continues to advance a robust platform of reforms. These priorities and more are based on citizen recommendations developed during the 2016 economy town hall. The event, held last May, was attended by over 200 people from throughout New Mexico, representing urban, rural, and tribal interests.

A set of consensus recommendations resulted and addressed: small business climate and entrepreneurship, rural and tribal development, diversifying our economy, government and the New Mexico economy, economic security for families and a changing workforce.

Potential Reforms

New Mexico First endorses the following legislation because the proposed changes align with a one or more of the town hall recommendations.

Economic Security for Families

  • Authored by New Mexico First, SJM18: Family Support Services Information advances the town hall recommendation to address “cliff effects” that can trap families in poverty. This memorial, if passed, will enable the collection of economic data on family support programs – focusing mainly on the Child Care Assistance Program.
  • If passed, HB 86: Caregiver Leave Act, advances the town hall recommendation to address economic challenges facing family caregivers by allowing New Mexico employees to use accrued sick leave to care for family members.


Three bills advance the town hall’s call for expanded broadband:

Changing Workforce

  • If passed, HB147: Workforce Training Residency Requirement advances the town hall’s recommendation to expand a qualified workforce to meet employer needs by making it easier for new residents to take part in the Industrial Job Training Program.

Taxes and Regulations

  • If passed, HB58: Rulemaking Requirements helps advance the town hall’s call for a results-driven, effective government by providing a detailed, uniform process for state agencies to process and adopt rules and regulations.
  • New Mexico First expects to introduce additional legislation regarding tax research in the coming days.

You can access the complete list of legislative priorities on our website, where you can also track all the bills we are supporting.



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Ethics Commission Focus Group Findings Released

Should New Mexico establish an independent ethics commission to oversee its governmental officials? Multiple legislative efforts to establish an ethics commission in New Mexico have been attempted in recent years, but all failed. To understand the reasons for the recurring efforts – as well as the objections – New Mexico First conducted a series of focus groups about the pros and cons of ethics legislation to answer this question. Meetings were held with current and former public officials, as well as members of the media. ..

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New Mexicans urged to complete education survey, informing ESSA reforms

Survey available in English and Spanish  ..

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NM PreK Las Cruces Community Meeting


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New Mexico First to testify on economy town hall at state legislative hearing

Join us TOMORROW as we share citizen recommendations on small business reform, economic expansion and smart financial foundations for families with our state representatives and senators!  ..

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