The nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First will recognize five outstanding leaders for their exceptional commitments to collaboration
and effective policy. The Spirit of Bipartisanship Awards will be presented at the First Forum Lecture Series on June 25 in Albuquerque. “This organization
is proud to recognize lawmakers and community leaders who put the people of New Mexico first and work to find good solutions to the challenges we face,”
said Janet Green, selection committee chair. “This award shines the spotlight on hard-working role models who put good policy above partisan politics.”
From the Albuquerque Journal to the Washington Post, voters read that our government is broken. Partisan finger-pointing, money in politics, and voter
distrust all contribute to a growing culture of negativity around politics. Is it possible to re-create a positive, productive political environment?
How can our state foster a true spirit of collaboration among our elected leaders, while honoring authentic differences of opinion or priority? And
what will it take to rekindle voter trust in our democratic process? To answer these questions, New Mexico First will host its biennial fundraiser 2015 First Forum: From Gridlock to Good Government! ..
New Mexico First, on behalf of the New Mexico Partnership for Math & Science Education’s “STEM Action Team,” followed a number of education items during
the legislative session. Priorities aligned to the 2012 STEM Action Planning Summit, which resulted in an ongoing collective impact effort. The STEM
Action Team works to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in New Mexico. ..
New Mexico First is pleased to announce that a number of policies we supported during the 2015 legislative session passed. Our platform resulted from the
2014 statewide water town hall, which produced recommendations on water planning, watersheds and ecosystems, legal issues, new sources of water, funding,
conservation and water quality. We joined with numerous organizations and individuals to support the following items, most of which have gone to the
governor for signature. ..
New Mexico First supported bills continue to advance in the legislative process! A few items of note regarding the 2015 policy platform:
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! ..
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: ..
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: ..
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. ..