New Mexico Food & Agriculture Policy Council (NMFAPC) meeting and special legislative presentation
July 22, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm MDT
- Increase our knowledge about the legislative process and how we can be most effective advocates throughout the legislative session and year.
- Learn about the outcomes of the Special Session, how to work with agencies moving forward, and plan for the 2021 Legislative Session
- Learn about the recently released New Mexico Farm and Food Economy Report and 2020 Recommendations
- Begin our NMFAPC policy priority setting and advocacy plan — if you plan to introduce legislative ideas please us the attached form
- Be informed about national policy that can benefit us in NM.
We are looking forward to a special presentation, 10am – 11am, “Inside the Legislative Process – Things You’ve Always Wanted to Know”, with two veteran policy leaders who will share their wisdom about the year round legislative and budget processes, the “behind the scenes” legislative session process, and how we can be effective advocates.
Joining us to share and lend to our curiosities are Barak Wolff, MPH, Long Time Advocate and Legislative Staffer and David Abbey, Director of the Legislative Finance Committee.
New Mexico is rare in that both the governor and a legislative agency (LFC) propose comprehensive state budgets to the Legislature. The New Mexico budget currently amounts to about $6 billion in general fund appropriations and about $14.7 billion in total funds. Four areas account for seventy-eight percent of the general fund budget: 43 percent for public schools, 15 percent for higher education, 13 percent for Medicaid and 7 percent for public safety. Get a rare glimpse of the inside of budget making and the legislative process.
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