New Mexico First Blog

2017 Legislative Session Policy Victories

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.  ..

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

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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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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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Task Force Report on Tobacco Use And employer Costs Released

Report includes legislative policy proposals, funding and tax options, and recommendations for employers

The Tobacco Use and Employer Costs Task Force concluded its work and released the Tobacco Use and Employer Costs Task Force Report.  The 22-member task force was the result of a 2012 memorial sponsored by Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino. It called for the “formation of   a task force to study the relationship between tobacco use and employer costs, including the impacts on organizations that employ tobacco users.” Specifically, the task force was asked to recommend changes in law to decrease workplace productivity losses and reduce costs due to tobacco use. The task force included healthcare, employer, and tribal stakeholders.

The three-month task force was facilitated by New Mexico First and funded by Presbyterian Healthcare Services. ..

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