Now that the 2017 Legislative Session has concluded, and as of Friday the Governor has completed her signing deadline, New Mexico First is pleased to announce
that your voice for smart, bipartisan policy played an influential role in this year’s session. Our public policy organization promotes recommendations
developed by citizens during our town halls and forums. This year, New Mexico First supported or informed legislative efforts on economy, ethics reform,
water and education. ..
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. ..
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. ..
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
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, 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.
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