Introduction

How This Report is Structured

The New Mexico Progress Report is the result of closely following the results of past town halls, and thus the best ideas of thousands of people in the state. This starting point, coupled with future-focused research, offers the structure for this report:

  • Vision of the future in each policy area
  • Goals and indicators of progress
  • Actions that have been implemented

Indicators

This report does not offer every possible performance measure. Instead, our advisory committee selected a small number of indicators to illustrate whether New Mexico is making progress toward the overall vision and goals called for in our town halls. Throughout this report, we use green, yellow or red icons to illustrate progress.

Regional comparisons are made when possible and appropriate. In many cases, we compare New Mexico to the other states in the Four Corners region because of their similar climate, resources and cultural diversity. They are also states with which New Mexico often competes economically. Texas is not included because it operates on a very different scale than the Four Corners states. Its economy is 17 times the size of New Mexico and considerably larger than the Four Corner states' combined economies.  

Figure 1-1. Comparison States

Goals at a Glance

For almost 30 years, New Mexico First has brought people to consensus on solutions to our state's most difficult issues. The following goals reflect those New Mexicans' aspirations for the future.

Education
Goal 1: Engage parents and children to work together to achieve success in education.
Goal 2: Prepare our youngest children for school success.
Goal 3: Ensure K-12 students thrive academically, with no differences in achievement based on race or ethnicity.
Goal 4: Graduate college students with the skills to compete and be successful in demanding work environments.
Health
Goal 5: Ensure New Mexicans are healthy, without racial or ethnic disparities.
Goal 6: Make healthcare accessible and affordable for all New Mexicans.
Goal 7: Improve the overall health of New Mexicans through preventive activities.
Goal 8: Provide adequate, high quality behavioral/mental health services.
Economy
Goal 9: Improve economic conditions, thus increasing household incomes and reducing poverty.  
Goal 10: Diversify the economy to provide high-wage jobs and opportunities for entrepreneurs.
Goal 11: Maintain a regulatory and tax environment that enables business development and job creation.
Goal 12: Advance New Mexico as a leader in energy production and supply.
Water
Goal 13: Reduce water use in New Mexico, and ensure consumption does not exceed legally allowable amounts.
Goal 14: Ensure forests, watersheds and waterways are healthy, providing safe water for humans and the environment.
Goal 15: Generate adequate water data and mapping, informing long-term planning.
Goal 16: Adjudicate and administer water rights fairly and efficiently

Moving Forward

The following chapters lay out New Mexico’s status in addressing these goals. As you read, we hope you are inspired to ask, what policies would “move the needle” in each of these areas? What would it take to make New Mexico first?

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