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.
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:
- If passed,SB53: PRC Jurisdiction Over Local Exchanges, updates New Mexico Telecommunications Act to better allow for developing broadband throughout out state.
- If passed, HB60: Broadband Infrastructure Development, amends the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) to allow funds to be used for increasing access to broadband.
- If passed, SB24: Local Gov't Broadband Infrastructure, amends the Infrastructure Development Act to allow for local governments to develop broadband infrastructure.
- 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.
- If passed, HB340: Education Strategic Planning Task Force creates a broad group to develop a 20-year strategic plan for education.
Taxes and Regulations
- If passed, HB 202: Tax of Businesses Without Physical Presence partly addresses the town hall’s goal of providing adequate revenues for state operations by taxing large out-of-state internet vendors (as several states already do).
- 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.