Think New Mexico Welcomes Our Terrific 2015 Leadership Interns: Seth Barany, Naftali Burakovsky, Julia Downs, Ellen Rabin, and Michael Sedillo!
Seth, Noel, and Michael worked with us in May and June, and Julia and Naftali are joining us in July and August. Ellen will be here in the fall.
Legislation Enacted to Create Health Care Transparency Website! The bill, Senate Judiciary Substitute for Senate Bills 323 & 474, was sponsored by Senators Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Sander Rue & Mark Moores. It passed the Senate 26-0 and the House 52-0 and was signed into law by Governor Martinez on April 9, 2015. When fully implemented, it will create a website where New Mexicans can easily find information on hospital prices and quality.
Think New Mexico Recognized as One of the World's Top Think Tanks! For the third year in a row, the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania's International Relations Program has recognized Think New Mexico as one of the most effective think tanks in the world in the category of "Best Advocacy Campaign." The 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, released on January 22, 2015, ranks Think New Mexico 56th in this category, up from 57th in 2013 and 70th in 2012. 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.
Think New Mexico Fights New Proposal to Reimpose the Food Tax! Once again, in 2015 legislation was introduced to reimpose New Mexico's regressive food tax, which Think New Mexico led the fight to repeal in 2004. Fortunately our efforts to oppose the food tax were successful and it did not pass either chamber of the legislature in 2015. Sign our petition against the food tax, learn more about this issue, and get involved!
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. In 2015, Think New Mexico successfully defeated legislation that would have repealed the 30% requirement.
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!
Think New Mexico Asks State Parties to Consider Opening 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).
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