Think New Mexico Welcomes Its 2014 Leadership Interns: Tiffany Cox, Maya Durvasula, Shane Gilbert, and Rylee Stenberg!
Shane and Rylee worked with us in May and June, and Tiffany and Maya have joined us for July and August.
Think New Mexico Fights Effort to Reverse Lottery Reform! In 2007, Think New Mexico successfully championed a law requiring that 30% of the revenues raised by the state lottery be dedicated to student scholarships. This reform has resulted in an additional $50.6 million going to scholarships since 2008. Now the CEO of the state lottery is seeking to reduce or eliminate the 30% requirement: read more about this issue and email your legislators and the governor to ask them to oppose this misguided proposal!
Think New Mexico Recognized as One of the World's Top Think Tanks! The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program has ranked Think New Mexico 57th in the world in the category of "Best Advocacy Campaign" in its seventh annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. Think New Mexico was the only state-level think tank to make the ranking, among a distinguished list including Amnesty International, the Pew Research Center, and the Brookings Institution. Read more in this article from the Los Alamos Monitor.
Farewell and happy retirement to Lynne Loucks Buchen, Think New Mexico's stellar Business Manager since 2001! And please join us in welcoming Think New Mexico's new Business Manager, Jennifer Halbert!
Legislation Enacted to Create a One-Stop Business Portal for New Mexico! Senate Bill 9 was signed into law by Governor Martinez on March 6, 2014 after passing the Senate 41-0 and the House 61-0! Senate Bills 8 and 10, which would have implemented Think New Mexico's other job creation policy proposals, passed all of their Senate committees unanimously but were never brought up for a vote of the full Senate. Read more about these proposals to address New Mexico's jobs crisis!
Watch KNME "In Focus" interview with Fred Nathan about Senate Bills 8, 9, and 10:
Think New Mexico Fights New Proposal to Reimpose the Food Tax! Once again, a proposal has emerged to reimpose New Mexico's regressive food tax, which Think New Mexico led the fight to repeal in 2004. Learn more and get involved!
Think New Mexico Asks State Parties to Open Their Primary Elections The number of New Mexico's "independent" voters, who are not affiliated with either the Democratic or Republican party, has tripled from 6% to 18% in the last three decades, yet none of those 230,839 voters are allowed to vote in the state's primary elections. Learn more by reading a column on Think New Mexico's effort to open the state's primaries by Steve Terrell of the Santa Fe New Mexican or listening to an interview with Executive Director Fred Nathan on KSVP Artesia AM 990 (mp3, 12:30).
Think New Mexico Fights for Refunds for Homeowners who Refinanced Mortgages If you refinanced your mortgage after May 1, 2009, when Think New Mexico's title insurance reform law took effect, you may be due a partial refund! Check out this Santa Fe New Mexican article and this KRQE News 13 story for more:
What Do the Top Ten Performing Schools in New Mexico Have In Common? Although they come from every corner of the state, and include elementary, middle, and high schools, every one of the top ten schools in the state is a small school, enrolling fewer than 450 students. Read all the details in this letter to the editor of the Albuquerque Journal, and learn about Think New Mexico's ongoing effort to make small school opportunities accessible to more of New Mexico's children.
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