2018 Advocacy Agenda Summary
Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – NM is called to advocate for justice in public policy, with a particular emphasis on alleviating poverty and hunger, by speaking with and for those who have little or no political power and supporting ELCA members, congregations and ecumenical partners in the ministry of advocacy. As a state public policy office of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Rocky Mountain Synod , Lutheran Advocacy Ministry – NM speaks on behalf of the official positions of the ELCA as applied to the specific context of public policy issues in New Mexico.
Our 2018 Advocacy Agenda can be found HERE.
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Affordable Housing & Homelessness
- Support for the state Housing Trust Fund
- Programs that assist children & adults experiencing homelessness
Family-Sustaining Income: Policies and programs that assist people living in poverty to work toward family-sustaining income
- Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
- Quality early childhood programs & childcare assistance
- Raising the minimum wage with adjustments for inflation
- The right of workers to organize & bargain collectively
- Outreach & enrollment of those eligible for Medicaid or the NM Health Insurance Exchange
- Creation of the mid-level profession of dental therapist to increase access to dental care
- Protecting funding for the state SNAP supplement program & against increasing barriers to SNAP enrollment
- Efforts to close New Mexico’s food gap & funding for food banks
- Tax policy that is fair & provides stable, sustainable & adequate revenue to meet the needs of our state, particularly the most vulnerable
- Effective oversight & review of state tax credits, exemptions & incentives
- Ending solitary confinement for juveniles & people with serious mental illness in prisons, jails & detention centers; restricting the use of solitary confinement for the general population in prisons, jails & detention centers
- Working against efforts to reinstate the death penalty
Note: The LAM-NM Policy Committee may add issues as opportunities arise.