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Have you made your nomination for the Spirit of Bipartisanship Award!

There are only two more weeks to submit a nomination for the 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards! Do you know lawmakers or community leaders who put good policy above partisan politics? Nominate a leader who is a role model for cross-party collaboration in areas such as health, education, economy or environment. Your nominee can work at state, local, federal or tribal levels. You can recommend an individual or a bipartisan duo! ..

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Water bills moving steadily forward

So far, so good on water policy this session. New Mexico First, joined by almost 100 people in the Capitol Rotunda, presented proposed water reforms at last week’s lobby day. Town hall attendees, New Mexico First staff, and board members are talking with lawmakers and attending hearings to advance the organization’s 2015 policy platform. All our supported bills are still moving forward! A few items of note: ..

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Nominations open for the 2015 Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards!


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NM First Unveils Water Policy Plan at NM Capitol

Joined by nearly 100 citizens, New Mexico First celebrated “New Mexico Water Awareness Week” at the NM Capitol by unveiling a policy plan to address New Mexico’s critical water problems. The plan was revealed at a press conference acknowledging “New Mexico Water Awareness Week,” which was the result of a memorial sponsored by Rep. Andy Nunez (R-Hatch) and co-signed by Sen. Gerald Ortiz Y Pino (D-Albuquerque).

The press conference spotlighted the comprehensive legislative plan, which was developed from recommendations created at the New Mexico First 2014 water town hall, which was attended by over 300 people from 31 counties, representing urban, rural, and tribal interests.The legislative plan includes:  ..

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Join us for Water Policy Day at the Legislature!

Join New Mexico First, Rep. Andy Nunez (R-Hatch), Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) for Water Policy Day at the legislature on Thursday, February 5th in the Capitol Rotunda. The event starts at 9 a.m.

The event kicks off “New Mexico Water Awareness Week,” February 5-11, 2015. A wide range of water policy reforms will be advanced, including watershed restoration, brackish water research, incentives for conservation, and other policy priorities from the New Mexico First 2014 water town hall..

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2015 Policy Priorities Released

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New Mexico First is pleased to share our preliminary 2015 Water Policy Priorities. This document will be updated throughout the upcoming legislative session. With help from advisors throughout the state, the organization honed recommendations from the 2014 water town hall into this set of immediate goals on planning, watersheds, legal issues, new sources of water, conservation and of course, funding! ..

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First Responders Event Produces Recommendations

Over 100 law enforcement officers, fire fighters, emergency medical professionals, emergency management professionals, telecommunications experts, public utility professionals and wireless industry operators came together this week in Albuquerque. The event, sponsored by the NM Department of Information Technology and facilitated by New Mexico First, identified needs and priorities to ensure statewide coordination for implementing the Public Safety Broadband Network in New Mexico. ..

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New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Task Force Report Released

In conjunction with the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership, New Mexico First released the New Mexico Child Care and Early Education Task Force Report. The report is the result of recommendations made by a task force of statewide stakeholders representing child care providers, early childhood education institutions, business associations, foundations, advocacy groups, state agencies, and legislators. It details recommendations on stability for children and families, child care workforce, and child care quality and accountability.
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Major New Mexico employers sign STEM education proclamation

The below message  is a courtesy announcement from the STEM Action Team. New Mexico First convened a summit for the STEM Action Team in 2012.

Six major employers in New Mexico are collaborating to put New Mexico on the forefront of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and workforce development. The employers signed a STEM Education in New Mexico proclamation earlier this summer and will hold a press conference on November 22 at the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. The November 22 press conference for the proclamation will take place at 10:00 a.m. as part of the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. Click herefor details. ..

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New Mexico First President to speak on water in Las Cruces

New Mexico First President Heather Balas to speak on water issues at the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance’s monthly luncheon on November 4th in Las Cruces.  Balas will discuss the 2015 Water Policy Priorities for the upcoming legislative session.   ..

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