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. ..
Survey available in English and Spanish
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! ..
Report calls for small business reform, economic expansion and smart financial foundations for families
Calling on all community members, business leaders, family and labor advocates, educators, tribal representatives, economic development planners, government
professionals, youth and elected officials to register for the upcoming town hall on economic security and vitality! ..
The New Mexico Environment Department Construction Programs Bureau is now soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund! This is a federal program, administered by NMED, offering low cost financing to eligible public entities for planning/design/construction of wastewater
collection and treatment facilities and non-point source water pollution control projects. All applications are ranked in order of: 1). Water Quality
Factors 2). Permit Compliance 3). Financial Need 4). Sustainability and 5). Readiness to Proceed. Bonus Points are awarded for green projects incorporating: green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency or environmentally innovative activities! ..
New Mexico First Announces 2016 Town Hall Topic: Economic Security and Vitality! A vibrant economy is perhaps the most sought after policy goal for our
state. For this reason, New Mexico First will hold a statewide town hall on economic security and vitality to develop practical recommendations for
the future. The event will focus on economic strategies that address the needs of small and large businesses – as well as low and middle-income families. The event will encourage participants to think creatively about strengthening the states’ economic health in ways that reach people from all walks
of life. ..
During the New Mexico First 2014 Town Hall on Water Planning, Development & Use, New Mexicans called for improved state and regional water plans
that strengthen the regional and state water planning and implementation process to promote long-term planning, while maintaining short-term adaptability.
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) asked New Mexico First to provide information on upcoming meetings hosted on water planning.
All New Mexicans interested in water policy planning are invited to attend.
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) is currently working with all of New Mexico's 16 water planning regions to finalize regional water
plan updates by the fall of 2016. Early this year the ISC will be facilitating a series of three meetings with each regional steering committee
to finalize the draft updates which are now in progress. These meetings are open to the public and regional stakeholders are encouraged to attend.
Objectives of the current regional water planning update process include:
2015 New Mexico Progress Report ..