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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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Reactions to Town Hall Report Enthusiastic and Optimistic

Report calls for small business reform, economic expansion and smart financial foundations for families  ..

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Registration Opens for The Upcoming Town Hall on Economic Security and Vitality!

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!  ..

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NMED soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund!

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!  ..

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Economy Town Hall Registration Opening Soon!

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. ..

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Water Policy Meetings Hosted to Encourage Input on Water Planning

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:

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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

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