New Mexico First 2017 Legislative Session Priorities

New Mexico First 2017 Legislative Session Priorities


Date(s): January 17th -March 18th

Time(s): Noon

Location(s): New Mexico State Capitol

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2017 Economy Policy Priorities

In May 2016, the nonpartisan public policy organization New Mexico First convened a statewide deliberation on economic development policy. The two-day event was attended by over 200 people from all six New Mexico regions, representing urban, rural, and tribal interests. The event produced a set of consensus recommendations addressing:

  • Small Business Climate and Entrepreneurship
  • Rural and Tribal Development
  • Diversifying Our Economy
  • Government and the NM Economy
  • Economic Security for Families
  • A Changing Workforce

The town hall’s background and final reports are posted at nmfirst.org. From the town hall recommendations, the following 2017 policy platform was developed. These items will be advanced through legislation, memorials, regulatory and funding recommendations.

Advance Family-Friendly Economic Policies

Cliff Effect Joint Memorial – SJM18 (Sponsors: Sen. Ortiz y Pino, Rep. Harper)

  • Requires state agencies that oversee family support services to provide the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) with eligibility thresholds and related information for participation in support programs like the CYFD child care assistance program, SNAP, TANF, Medicaid etc.
  • Beyond the memorial, New Mexico First would:
    • Convene a taskforce of experts who would use this data collected by the LFC, analysis of other states’ proposals and programs, and use tools such as simulators to identify cliff effects in New Mexico and make recommendations for smoothing cliff effects especially for child care support services.
    • Convene focus groups comprised of low-income families, employers, nonprofits and government agencies to inform the taskforce’s recommendations.
  • Taskforce recommendations for possible solutions may include adjustments to laws and regulations as well as restructuring economic thresholds that impact family support programs. The goal would be to present these proposals to legislative committees during the 2017 interim legislative session.

Further Diversify the Economy

Border trade – Support appropriations line items that sustain and increase funding for border trade and “supply the supplier” economic development work between New Mexico and Mexico.

Strengthening the Workforce Through Education

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

  • Support generally for funding and programing for STEM education, training, workforce and economic development purposes.

Actively Support Small Business and Entrepreneurship

Broadband

  • Bring high-speed universal broadband to all New Mexico communities.
  • Support SB24 -Amends Infrastructure Development Act, HB60 -Amends LEDA which would allow for funds to be used for increasing access to broadband when used for economic development purposes, and SB53 that updates the New Mexico Telecommunications Act to better allow for developing broadband throughout out state.

Create Thriving Rural and Tribal Economies

Rural & Tribal Small Business Support

  • New Mexico First and the Resiliency Alliance will partner to identify rural and tribal community barriers to economic development.
  • Present recommendations to the legislature for 2017 Interim session and 2018 session.

Advance Effective Roles of Government

Town hall participants called for reforms to make government more efficient, consistent and inclusive. They recommended building a government that is results-driven, transparent and efficient for businesses and communities.

  • Support HB58 – Bipartisan legislation that provides for a detailed, uniform process for state agencies to process and adopt rules and regulations.

Restructure the Tax Code

Form a commission to study and recommend tax code reforms to the legislature that:

  • Attract and retains economic base businesses
  • Provide adequate state revenue
  • Inclusive of low-income families

How do we develop legislative priorities? We support legislation based on recommendations proposed by New Mexicans at our town halls. Our town halls and forums create concrete, actionable recommendations for policymakers and the public. The bill tracker below lists details of the legislation we are supporting, and the town hall with which the legislation closely aligns. 


Legislation Sponsor(s) Description Location Supporting town hall or forum
SB53: PRC Jurisdiction Over Local Exchanges Michael Padilla (D) Updates the New Mexico Telecommunications act to better allow for developing broadband throughout out state.

Passed, Signed by Governor

2014 Economy Town Hall
HB60: Broadband Infrastructure Development Carl Trujillo (D)
Jacob Candelaria (D)
Amends Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) to allow for LEDA funds to be used for increasing access to broadband when used for economic development purposes.
Passed, 

Signed by Governor


 

2014 Economy Town Hall
SB24: Local Gov't Broadband Infrastructure Michael Padilla (D)
James E. Smith (R)
Amends the Infrastructure Development Act to allow for local governments to develop broadband infrastructure.
Passed, Vetoed   
2014 Economy Town Hall
HB147: Workforce Training Residency Requirement George Dodge, Jr.
Bill McCamley
Amends the residency requirement to participate in the for the Industrial Development Training Program (i.e. JTIP) from one year to one day.

Passed, Signed by Governor

 


2014 Economy Town Hall
HB58: Rulemaking Requirements Nate Gentry (R)
Linda M. Trujillo
(D)
Tomás E. Salazar
(D)
Daniel A. Ivey-Soto (D)
Provides a detailed, uniform process for state agencies to process and adopt rules and regulations.

Passed, Signed by Governor

 


2010, 2012, 2014 Town Halls
HB 86: Caregiver Leave Act
Deborah A. Armstrong (D)
Michael Padilla (D)

Requires all employees of public and private entities within the state be allowed to use accrued sick leave to care for family members.  
Passed, Vetoed
Economy Town Hall 2014
SJM18: Family Support Services Info To LFC
Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D)
Requires state agencies that oversee family support services to provide the LFC with eligibility thresholds and related information for participation in family support programs. Information would later be used in a taskforce that would recommend how to smooth cliff effects for child care support services.
Passed 
Economy Town Hall 2014
HM27: Resilience In NM Agriculture Task Force
George Dodge, Jr. (D)
The memorial expresses support and endorsement for the Resilience in New Mexico Task Force.
Passed
 
HB340: Education Strategic Planning Task Force Nathan P. Small(D)
Stephanie Garcia Richard
(D)
Dennis J. Roch
(R)
William Soules (D)

Creates an Education Strategic Planning Task Force to develop a 20‑year strategic plan for education from early childhood through college graduation; creates advisory panels of experts, advocates, parents, students and others to aid the task force Passed House
Economy Town Hall 2014
HB 202: Tax of Businesses Without Physical Presence
Carl Trujillo(D)
James P. White(R)

Expands reach of New Mexico gross receipts tax to some vendors outside New Mexico who sell products, including selling products over the internet, into New Mexico but who have no physical presence in New Mexico.
Passed, Signed by Governor
Economy Town Hall 2014
HB 24: State Trust Lands Restoration Fund
Candy Spence Ezzell (R)
Creates the State Trust Lands Restoration and Remediation Fund to administer contractual surface damage and watershed restoration and remediation projects on state trust lands.

Passed, Signed by Governor

 


 

New Mexico First presented the results of the economy town hall to the NM House Taxation and Revenue Committee on Friday, January 26th.

NMF president and executive director Heather Balas, NMF natural resources policy director and NMSU Cooperative Extension Service professional Bruce Heinrichs presented to the House agriculture and water resources committee on HM27: Resilience In NM Agriculture Task Force. To read the memorial and learn more click here.

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