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. ..
The 2019 Spirit Awards honor public officials, civic leaders and journalists who make positive impacts in New Mexico! Nominate a leader who is advancing
a stronger New Mexico. Nominees should address serious problems, attempting progress or education on major issues. All awardees put good policy or
fair coverage above partisan politics. ..
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. ..
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. ..