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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious problems facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions to those problems. Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions. Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico's board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank. Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.

Results: Think New Mexico is best known for its successful initiatives making high-quality full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico; repealing the state’s regressive tax on food and successfully defeating efforts to reimpose it; establishing a Strategic Water Reserve to protect and restore New Mexico’s rivers; expanding access to Individual Development Accounts to help alleviate New Mexico’s persistent poverty; redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships; reforming title insurance to lower closing costs for homebuyers and homeowners who refinance their mortgages; streamlining and professionalizing the state’s troubled Public Regulation Commission; modernizing the state’s regulation of taxis, shuttles, and moving companies to promote job creation, business formation, and lower prices for consumers; and creating a one-stop online portal for all business fees and filings.

Target demographics: Improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 26,000 children now have access to full-day kindergarten, the average family of four has an additional $250 a year thanks to the food tax repeal, and New Mexico's high school graduates have an additional $9 million a year in college scholarships through our lottery reform law

Geographic areas served: New Mexico

Programs: Think New Mexico has successfully developed and championed the enactment of over a dozen landmark laws and constitutional amendments, including laws repealing the state’s regressive food tax, making full-day kindergarten accessible to every child in New Mexico, and redirecting millions of dollars a year out of the state lottery’s excessive operating costs and into full-tuition college scholarships.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff at Think New Mexico are innovative, insightful, proficient, and visionary. Their services are invaluable to New Mexicans and are an important resource for lawmakers and citizens alike. I cannot recommend them enough.

Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent organization that advocates and is constantly representing the disadvantaged. Thank you for your hard work and please keep up the good fight!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My community was introduced to Think New Mexico when our local school board voted to close our "Blue Ribbon" awarded winning school and incorporate it into the adjacent community school miles away.

Think New Mexico supported our small school community through their representation, speaking on our behalf, research/data, editorial opinions, advise and suggestions to help us in our conflict, but most of all with their constant encouragement to not give up.

Recently, four years later, after much turmoil, the school board retracted their decision and our school remains open.

Thank you, Think New Mexico staff, for being a small school advocate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico works tirelessly to help increase the quality of life for all New Mexicans. Their non-partisan approach to issues allows them to view issues objectively and research solutions based on what will work rather than a predetermined notion of what should be done. It is that evidence based approach that allows Think New Mexico to advocate so effectively for the citizens they serve.

Shannon139

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico is always looking for innovative ways to make a real difference in the lives of New Mexicans - from making healthcare costs and quality ratings more transparent, to ensuring that the lottery continues to benefit students who rely on scholarships. I appreciate the diligent work that Think NM does for our state!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico is amazing! I have a leadership cohort scholarship that wants to get more involved in NM concerns and issues. Othiamba was amazing when he came and spoke to the cohort. The information was valuable and the students have become more engaged in issues that are happening to New Mexicans. Their quality of care to do outreach and educate is something to value and appreciate as New Mexicans.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I interned at Think New Mexico this past summer and it was a great experience. Not only did I learn a lot about public policy but the people who work there are all very friendly and passionate about the work they do. It creates a great environment to work in and I learned how to do research on current issues around the state. The policy papers Think produces are very informative and helpful to the general public.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico has done a magnificent job in fighting for causes that will help New Mexicans, such as in Lottery Reform and improving the current Capital Outlay system. From my experience with TNM in working with them, there has always been an emphasis on having Quantitative Research to support any type of policy that TNM advocates for. Besides that, the core group of individuals at TNM are hard-working and dedicated in fighting for causes, and that really does inspire others, like myself, to fight for my own causes as well.

Julia73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Think New Mexico produces quality research reports that are respected by the legislature and other government bodies, as well as the public. Think NM's work is truly factual, and based not on politics or affiliations, but on issues that harm New Mexico and how to fix them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a current Intern at Think New Mexico and the passion, dedication and determination the TNM staff has towards developing sound policies in the state is very contagious! TNM has been addressing very important issues in the state with an unbiased perspective. The work conducted at the organization is very solution-oriented and research-based. Cognizant of the results attained so far, TNM seems to be an effective advocate for the citizens of New Mexico.

For example, I was recently assisting the staff in conducting research regarding the NM Lottery. We not only studied the Lottery and its revenues/payouts in New Mexico, but we also researched the inner-workings of lotteries in other states so that we had the full picture before reaching any conclusions. I thought that was an excellent initial approach to developing proposals.

With a month left to complete the internship, I’m really looking forward to learning a lot more about state government and also about what a well-functioning government should look like. It is very encouraging to be in an environment where change is initiated.