Welcome to the New Mexico Prosperity Project!

The New Mexico Prosperity Project is a nonpartisan voter education organization, oriented toward providing information that will help promote more free enterprise prosperity in New Mexico. We provide information to help people learn how, when and where to register, to “early vote,” and to vote – and information on key public policy issues affecting the free enterprise economy. Tabs above and below provide lots of information to help in that process, as well as to provide information regarding current issues facing New Mexico.

 


 
 

Education is part of Prosperity Project

Harold Morgan, New Mexico Progress 1:01 a.m. MDT October 26, 2016

 Worried about the election?

Worried about the not-so-creeping dogmas of control, dependence and redistribution driving the thinking of the so-called “progressives?” Worried about the $350,000 dumped into New Mexico local races during September and October by the Washington, D.C.-based Patriot Majority Democratic political action committee? Worried that the sources of that money were American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees ($250,000) and the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund ($100,000)?

Wondering if your fellow employees at your organization might find value in issue information but also reluctant to step into the back-and-forth nastiness characterizing campaigns these days, especially because stepping into campaign nastiness would get in the way of your organization’s mission of doing the work and profitably serving the customers?

Communicating with employees about policy and political matters is completely appropriate, observed Jim Gerlach, CEO of BIPAC of Washington, D.C. After all, Gerlach said during his June visit to Santa Fe, everyone else communicates about all sorts of issues. But it is a mistake to assume that candidates and campaigns will direct enough attention to matters affecting businesses and the people involved in businesses, including employees.

BIPAC (bipac.org) calls itself “the engine behind America’s largest grassroots business network,” helping with employer-to-employee grassroots advocacy about elections, candidates and issues. The New Mexico Prosperity Project (newmexicoprosperity.org) is the state partner for the promotion of free enterprise.

"The employer has a special relationship with the employees,” Gerlach said. That’s an obvious enough idea, but one ignored by those characterizing organizational relationships as coldly exploitative.

 The idea of BIPAC and the Prosperity Project is that the most credible source of information for employees is the company.

The key is in the delivery of the information. The “right way” is that information comes from a “civic education standpoint” in a strictly nonpartisan, unbiased, objective manner. The point is to arm the employee/voter with information needed before casting that ballot.

Help from the Prosperity Project is available, even at this late date in the election process.

“At this point, what we can do is let people know who are the candidates,” says Robin Otten, New Mexico Prosperity Project executive director. One of the six tabs at the top of the Project website says, “Elections.” Under that tab, one can find elected officials, candidates and how they voted. The search can be by address with the results showing legislative and state officials with responsibility for that address.

When requested, Otten helps individual firms and employees in Albuquerque sort through confusion about where to vote. A few years ago, starting with a city election, neighborhood polling places were consolidated into what are called “voting convenience centers.” A voter can vote at any convenience center. This is especially handy for working people who might be employed at a place across town from the former polling place.

“It really is a whole lot easier,” Otten said. She can remember standing in line for hours to vote. “Now you have no excuse for not voting.”

However, people aren’t used to the new process. Implementing such changes can take a while, your columnist can testify.

“We’re definitely at the get-out-the vote stage," Otten said.

The political process doesn’t stop with the polls closing Nov. 8. It is perpetual.

Prosperity Project is already thinking about what it can do in the next election cycle, Otten said. Working with other organizations may be an option. Tracking votes during the legislative session might be possible.

Issues such as jobs and the workplace, energy, taxes, infrastructure and agriculture aren’t going away. Continuing attention and communication is needed.

For more information contact Robin Dozier Otten at  robin@newmexicoprosperity.org.

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Hispanic Issues are more nuanced than often thought
Part One:  Hispanics in New Mexico -- a long, complex history

By Carroll Cagle

Many politicians and journalists have simplistic and inaccurate views about Hispanics, primarily by wrongly equating all Hispanics with relatively recent immigrants from Mexico – many being of the illegal, or undocumented, variety.

“The Hispanic vote” and related issues are big this year – bigger than in previous presidential races -- both nationally and here in New Mexico, which has the largest percentage of Hispanics in the United States -- 45 percent.

There are multiple reasons for this year’s increased attention to Hispanic voters, but they are relevant nationally and particularly so in New Mexico.

Hispanic issues have been highlighted, most of all, by Donald Trump. 

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