Our Legislative Policy Priorities

2021 Regular Legislative Session

  • Download our fact sheet on what happened during the 2021 regular legislative session (March 2021; 2 pages; pdf)
  • Download our policy priorities (Nov. 2020; 2 pages; pdf)
  • NOTE: Bold text in the bullet points below indicates a link to our fact sheet on the issue or the legislation we support (links for legislation will take you to nmlegis.gov)

In January, 112 newly elected legislators will convene for a 60-day legislative session to address the dreadful impacts of the pandemic and build a budget that provides opportunity for all New Mexicans. This is not a time to pass a stingy budget – we need to continue building a stronger public school system, ensure health care for all, and keep dollars flowing to families to spend in communities large and small all across the state. Some of these investments will pay off quickly, others will set the stage for a strong, stable economy far into the future. These are the strategies we need to rebuild our economy.

Our priorities for the 2021 legislative session include:

Ensure all New Mexicans can meet the basic needs of their families

  • Fully fund Medicaid so that all eligible New Mexicans can be served without cuts to benefits, eligibility levels, or provider payment rates.
  • Create a basic health plan or Medicaid buy-in plan that is available to all residents, regardless of immigration status.
  • Expand food security resources (including the state’s Double-Up Food Bucks program and the state SNAP supplement) and reduce enrollment barriers to crucial safety net programs like TANF and unemployment insurance.
  • Ensure all workers have access to paid sick leave (see HB 37).
  • No longer allow courts to impose fines and fees on juveniles in the corrections system as this is an ineffective way to raise revenue and overwhelmingly harms families of color and those earning low incomes (see HB 183).
  • Oppose a food tax.

Build a strong budget that supports families, children, workers, and businesses  

  • Keep workers throughout the state employed by investing in building skills and providing opportunity for kids and families through adequately funding K-12 and higher education, early childhood education and care programs, and health system improvements.
  • Increase income eligibility for child care assistance; eliminate copays for those parents earning the lowest incomes; reduce copays for those earning moderate incomes; and provide funding to raise wages for child care workers and increase opportunities for their professional development.
  • Pass a constitutional amendment to support early childhood program funding with a small percentage of the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund (see HJR 1).

Keep and put money in the hands of New Mexicans who will spend it quickly and locally  

  • Increase the amount and expand who can receive the Working Families Tax Credit and update the long-neglected Low-Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate for New Mexico families in need (see HB 42 and SB 1).
  • Increase funding and expand eligibility for the General Assistance Program so families left out of federal economic relief who meet income qualifications can benefit, regardless of immigration status.
  • Enact a cap of 36% APR (including fees) on all lending products so families are not caught in cycles of increasing debt (see SB 66 and HB 99).

Protect existing revenues and, if necessary, raise revenue

Promote equity, transparency, and access in the policymaking process

  • Require analysis on the racial and ethnic impacts of proposed legislation.
  • Announce committee hearings and floor sessions at least 24 hours in advance and release any budget proposals, legislation, or amendments scheduled to be heard therein; continue webcasting all hearings and floor sessions; and ensure that there is a process for obtaining public input on proposed legislation, amendments, and budget changes.
  • Ensure language access for non-English speakers in the policymaking process, including interpretation of public hearings and public comment sessions, and translation of legislation posted online.

2020 Special Legislative Session

  • Download our fact sheet on what happened during the 2020 special legislative session (July 2020; 2 pages; pdf)
  • Download our policy priorities (May 2020; 2 pages; pdf)

2019 Regular Legislative Session

  • Download our fact sheet on what happened during the 2019 regular legislative session (March 2019; 2 pages; pdf)
  • Download our policy priorities (December 2018; 2 pages; pdf)

These fact sheets are part of our Roadmap to a Stronger New Mexico initiative. Find out more and sign up for email alerts here.