State Advocacy

New Mexico Thrives' Advocacy Agenda
2021
  • Advocating for a more equitable distribution of the American Rescue Plan act funds

  • Amendment to the anti-donation clause, Article IX, Section 14

    • The anti-donation clause prohibits the state from giving credit or making a donation "to or in aid of any person, association or public or private corporation." The first exception is most relevant for nonprofits. The state and local governments are allowed to "make provision for the care and maintenance of sick and indigent persons."

    • The anti-donation clause is applied inconsistently and too often is a barrier to nonprofits getting funding, particularly capital funding.

    • New Mexico Thrives is working with legislators of both parties and nonprofit leaders to propose an amendment that preserves protections of state resources and provides workable guidelines for funding nonprofits.

  • Including nonprofits in the state's efforts to diversify the economy

    • New Mexico is developing plans to diversify its economy so its less reliant upon oil and gas revenues.

    • New Mexico Thrives has written a letter to state leaders to let them know about how nonprofits contribute to New Mexico's economy and the potential to do more. Letters were sent to:

      • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

      • Speaker Brian Egolf

      • Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth

      • Senate President Pro Tem Mimi Stewart

      • Secretary Alicia Keyes

      • Representative Angelica Rubio

      • Representative Daymon Ely

2020

2017-2019
  • Protecting nonprofits' tax exempt status at the state level

    • Nonprofits' 501(c)(3) status from the IRS means that nonprofits do not pay federal taxes on their revenues. With the economic downturn in 2017, the state was looking for new sources of revenue. The main targets were nonprofit hospitals and national labs. The argument for taxing nonprofit hospitals was that they were doing the same thing as for-profit hospitals, but have an unfair tax advantage. There was speculation that one of the national labs would change to a nonprofit structure and therefore not have to pay state gross receipts and other taxes.

    • New Mexico Thrives conducted a survey in 2018 to learn about the potential impact of nonprofits losing their state level tax exemptions and having to pay gross receipts tax on goods.
    • New Mexico Thrives presented to the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee on October 29, 2018.

    • New Mexico Thrives followed the introduction, amendments and passage of House Bill 6 in 2019 to ensure that nonprofits would not be harmed by the legislation. New Mexico Thrives met with legislators and attended House Tax and Revenue Committee and Senate Finance Committee meetings.

Get to Know Your State Representative and Senator:

 

  • Contact your New Mexico Representative and Senator

  • Tell them about your organization, what it does, and how it benefits their constituents. 

  • Let them know how the pandemic has affected the work or your organization. (Has demand for services increased? Were you able to switch to remote operations? Did you face increased costs? Did you lose revenues?) 

Understanding Committees

New Mexico's legislature meets for 30 days in the even years and 60 days in the odd years.  A lot of the work gets done during the interim committee meetings.

  • Familiarize yourself with the committees that have governance over your issues.

  • Watch and participate in committee meetings.

  • Provide information to committee members.

Note: if you encourage legislators to vote in a particular way on an issue, you are lobbying. All lobbyists must register with the NM Secretary of State's office.

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