State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto has been credibly accused by multiple women of a long history of sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse. Several groups have called on Ivey-Soto to resign. Short of his resignation, there are additional steps that Senate leadership can take to hold him accountable and prevent further harm.
New Mexico deserves better.
Early Childhood Education – Vote Yes for Kids
In 2022, voters made it clear that New Mexico needs to prioritize early education for children across the state. Constitutional Amendment 1 passed with 70% support, increasing the amount of money our state invests in our children. The Constitutional Amendment will allocate roughly $150 Million to the New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department for early childhood education and roughly $100 million will go to the Public Education Department to improve educational outcomes for at-risk students.
NM Voting Rights Act
The fight for voting rights remains critical as states across the US are trying to make it harder for voters to cast their ballots. We’re seeing voter suppression tactics increase across the country – including voter registration obstacles, limiting early voting options, and walking back access to mail-in ballots. The Center for Civic Policy is partnering with organizations in 2023 to pass multiple voting rights legislations that will restore the voting rights of previously incarcerated people, increase access to voting for tribal communities, make voter registration easier, and expand voters’ options to cast their ballot.
Voters should feel safe when they cast their votes – full stop. The Center for Civic Policy supports New Mexico’s Secretary of State and our state’s Voter Bill of Rights and will continue our work to fight disinformation and voter intimidation. CCP supports our community partners who train poll watchers and poll monitors, increasing the safety and credibility of our elections.
Modernization of the NM Legislature
New Mexico is the last state to utilize a “Citizen Legislature” – meaning our elected officials and staff in the Roundhouse are unsalaried. This may have made sense when our state was founded, but the system no longer serves our communities and CCP is proud to be a part of the efforts to modernize our legislative bodies and infrastructure. This will include a salary for legislators, increasing capacity with paid internal staff, and increasing the length of our legislative sessions to ensure important bills and policies are not stalled or curtailed.
Nuevo Mexico Prospera is a coalition of grassroots economic, social and environmental justice organizations from around the state working to diversify the state’s economy while creating thousands of jobs for communities most impacted by climate change. We believe communities and frontline workers who are disproportionately affected by climate change should lead the just transition to a sustainable economy that provides good paying jobs while protecting our water, air, and land.