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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

What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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2014 New Mexico First Legislative Accomplishments!

The 2014 NM Legislative Session closed with the approval of a $6.2 billion dollar budget.  The budget, which now goes to Governor Susana Martinez for signature, passed in the New Mexico Senate 42-0 and it passed in the New Mexico House of Representatives 58-8.  During the legislative session, New Mexico First championed bills in the areas of water planning, STEM education, energy planning, healthcare, workforce development and economic growth. We are pleased to announce that several policies we supported were successful. ..

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Healthcare Bill to Provide Loans to Nurses Who Want To Receive A Graduate Degree

The New Mexico First supported bill, HB 59: Expand Nurse Educators Fund, passed the House 61-0 and is now headed to the Senate.  Participants from the Centennial Town Hall recommended more ways in which New Mexico can increase the number of licensed healthcare professionals. The bill would provide educational loans from the Nurse Educators Fund for all registered nurses who want to pursue a graduate degree in nursing. ..

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Broadband Working Group Offers Recommendations in Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development

Report calls for government and industry technology initiatives in rural and urban New Mexico

After eight months of research and meetings, the NM Broadband Working Group announced the completion of its report: Broadband Assessment and Recommendations: Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. The working group included experts in education, healthcare, economic development, and tribal issues.  

The report inventories current and emerging broadband and technology requirements, identifies barriers to meeting technology needs, articulates gaps, and describes a path forward.

The 22 policy recommendations outlined will enable government and industry to develop technology initiatives to bolster education, healthcare, and economic development in New Mexico – and thus strengthen the state as a whole.  Some proposals include:

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Senator Udall invites input on the connections between STEM and healthcare

The Office of Senator Tom Udall will host two roundtable discussions on the role of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in meeting the growing need for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. The events will feature presentations and small group discussions. Presenters include economist Kelly O'Donnell and healthcare researcher Sam Howarth.

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Governor Martinez signs New Mexico First supported bills!

New Mexico First is thrilled to announce that Governor Susana Martinez has signed the following bills that are part of our Centennial Town Hall and the STEM Action Planning Summit legislative agenda. Please click on the individual bill links below to view the final signed version of each bill.  ..

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New Mexico First supported bills are steadily moving through the legislature

A lot has happened in the last few days!

HB238
would expand the chile advertising act. It passed the House 69-0 and now moves on to the Senate Conservation Committee.

HB310
on K-3+ program eligibility passed the House 63-0 and now moves on to the Senate Education Committee.
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Rural Primary Healthcare Bill Supported by New Mexico First

New Mexico First is delighted to announce that we are supporting SB 137, the rural primary healthcare bill sponsored by John Arthur Smith.  The bill would make an appropriation to the Department of Health to support rural primary healthcare and the recruitment, hiring and retention of additional primary healthcare clinicians in rural underserved areas.  This bill perfectly aligns to the healthcare centennial town hall recommendation, which calls for the recruitment and retention of more healthcare professionals.  ..

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Peer-to-peer substance abuse memorial passed unanimously in the house!

UPDATE: 1/31/2013 11:46 AM - Peer-to-peer substance abuse prevention memorial passed unanimously in the House 64-0. Based solely on the student town hall recommendation on substance abuse prevention, NM Representative Rodella introduced HJM 12, which calls on health-related state agencies to incorporate peer-to-peer approaches into existing substance abuse prevention efforts. Yesterday, the item passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee! The lawmakers specifically said they appreciated the students’ work in this area. We’ll keep you posted as it moves through the process.  ..

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