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Reckless and wrong: The long-term damage of Gov. Martinez’s higher education veto

On April 7, 2017, Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed the entire state budget for higher education. Every cent for every college and university in New Mexico. Continue reading

2017 School Board Election Information

The future of our communities depends on great public schools. Our local school boards make critical decisions that affect our children and families and have long-term impacts on our community’s economic strength. We encourage everyone to participate in our democracy … Continue reading

2017 Landscape Poll

Every year, the Center for Civic Policy (CCP) commissions a statewide poll to get a reading of public opinion regarding some key public policy issues as New Mexico prepares for another legislative session. The poll was conducted on December 15 … Continue reading

How tax cuts for the powerful are behind the backlogs

by James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for ChildrenAugust 30, 2016 To be safe, healthy, and financially secure is something we all want for ourselves, our children and our families. New Mexico can be a place where communities … Continue reading

New Mexico’s Budget Crisis: “It’s No Laughing Matter” (RADIO SPOT)

With the prospect of a special session of the legislature fast approaching to address a looming budget crisis, the Center for Civic Policy is running this radio ad in selected areas of the state which offers our take on the … Continue reading

What’s really behind New Mexico’s budget woes

By Bill Jordan, senior policy adviser and government relations officer for NM Voices for Children. Most complex systems — like airplanes, for example — have built-in redundancies. So for a catastrophic failure to occur — such as falling from the … Continue reading

Primary Election Day – June 7: Don’t Forget to Vote!

Primary Election day is Tuesday, June 7. Polls open 7 am to 7 pm. The New Mexico Secretary of State Website has a useful voter information guide. It’s easy to inquire about your voter status at Voter View where ou can … Continue reading

Everything you need to know about NM’s FY17 budget in one infographic

A great infographic from our friends at NM Voices for Children. Everything you need to know about NM’s budget (INFOGRAPHIC).    

2016 New Mexico Landscape Survey

The Center for Civic Policy (CCP) commissioned a statewide poll in early December of 2015 for the purpose of getting a reading of public opinion regarding some key public policy issues as New Mexico prepares for another legislative session. Here … Continue reading

Family-Friendly Businesses

The New Mexico Family-Friendly Business Award was created by the Task Force on Work Life Balance to recognize New Mexico employers and businesses that offer family-friendly employee benefits and promote increasing the number of businesses with family centered polices and … Continue reading

Our baby steps toward expanding early childhood services are not getting us far

By Bill Jordan, MA, is Senior Policy Advisor/Governmental Relations for NM Voices for Children Thousands of adorable and inquisitive youngsters are trotting off to school for the first time this month. From all around the state these wide-eyed kiddos are … Continue reading

How Corporate Tax Loopholes Compromise Our Future

By Donald Simonson, Ph.D.  The notion of “paying it forward” is a popular one, and while we may not think about our income taxes as a form of paying it forward, that’s exactly what we’re doing. The public works that … Continue reading

Where to vote in New Mexico

The early voting period ends on Saturday, November 1. Days and hours depending on specific counties and polling locations. Election day is Tuesday, November 4. Polls open 7 am to 7 pm. Bernalillo County: Early Vote Centers and Election Day … Continue reading

Pearce a roadblock to immigration reform

By Stephanie Maez (Guest Column, Las Cruces Sun News, Sept 7, 2014) Many of us have been working for comprehensive immigration reform longer than most people have been with their current employer. We do this because we believe in the … Continue reading

More on Governor’s Budget Wizard “Oops” Moment (VIDEO)

Brought to you by Sarah Kennedy:

Corporate Tax Giveaway Update: Gov. Martinez’s budget wizard apologizes for misleading legislature

Back in mid-March during the closing minutes of the 2013 session, the New Mexico House passed a massive corporate tax cut package — with no floor debate and no questions permitted. And, in what most observers believe was an unprecedented … Continue reading

May 9 Tele Townhall: In a time of drought, let’s protect our water (VIDEO)

Sarah says: New Mexico is experiencing one of the worst droughts in history. Shouldn’t we protect our water, NOT polluters? Answer the call. Join in. Speak out! TELEPHONE TOWN HALL Thurs. May 9th, at 6:00pm

Happy May Day: Immigration Reform and a Roadmap to Citizenship (VIDEO)

America deserves a common sense immigration process that includes a roadmap for new Americans who aspire to be citizens… take it away, Sarah:

Minimum Wage Increase Vetoed (VIDEO)

In case you missed it, Governor Martinez vetoed a statewide increase in the minimum wage. Sarah Kennedy had something to say about that:

New Mexico, it’s time to modernize our elections (VIDEO)

What’s wrong with this picture? Voters waiting in line for hours to vote in Chaparral and Rio Rancho. Hard-to-update, inaccurate paper-based voter registration systems. It’s little wonder that New Mexico’s voter participation rate is so disappointing. Our elections should be … Continue reading