The NMBC is a true grassroots operation that will educate individual voters about the candidates and issues in their district and motivate them to take that knowledge to the polls and vote.
It is the voter who will affect the change we need because educated voters will elect the best candidates when they understand the issues. Reaching those voters is where the NMBC will make a distinct difference in political races.
- It's Time for a BASH (Business and Social Hour)
Why is New Mexico rated as the 'worst run' state in the latest edition of Rich States, Poor States and what can be done about it? Join us on March 1 and find out. We know we can do better. Let's celebrate worker rights, new opportunities and get to it! It's time for a BASH (Business and Social Hour) to hear what NM is doing right, what we're doing wrong, and what we can do to improve our state.
The BASH, on March 1 at the Albuquerque Marriott, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, will feature Rich States Poor States co-author Jonathan Williams, with special guest, Sandoval County Commissioner Jay Block. Join elected officials from around the state, candidates, business and community leaders and New Mexicans who want to help change our state from poverty to prosperity! Light hors d'ouvres provided, cash bar will be available.
- Proposed GRT Tax Increase
Did you hear about the proposed City of Albuquerque tax increase? It's true, ABQ City Councilors Trudy Jones and Ken Sanchez have proposed a $55 million dollar (estimated per year) gross receipts tax increase. As pointed out in the Rich States, Poor States book, areas that insist on raising taxes end up losing their greatest resource---their people---resulting with bigger budget problems than before taxes were raised. Better management of tax dollars, not higher taxes are what is needed.
The legislation will be introduced today, 2-21-18 at the ABQ City Council meeting. If councilors pass the tax increase ordinance before April, the tax will start on July 1. You can let the councilors know how you feel HERE.
- Anti-crime bills advance
Legislative Update: There is still time for a grouping of anti-crime bills to pass both chambers. NMBC is pleased to report continued hard work and cooperation by leaders from both parties in Santa Fe to pass an omnibus package of 5 bills that would improve safety and help fight crime in our state.
- NMBC stands against massive overspending by our federal government
NMBC stands against massive overspending by our federal government and the band-aid approach to 'keeping government open.' Yesterday our elected officials in Washington, D.C., were faced with voting on another kick-the-can down- the-road budget.
Beside the problems on expansion of our national deficit, the budget also has language that will hurt manufacturers, impacting the jobs they provide. NMBC took the opportunity to communicate with New Mexico's congressional delegation, encouraging them to vote against this a bloated and otherwise troublesome budget. As we know, however, the bill passed and the President already signed it.
When the dust settles and how each of our members of Congress voted, NMBC will let voters know.
- The House passed HJR 1 Land Grant Fund Distributions
The House passed HJR 1 Land Grant Fund Distributions, CA, Reps ‘Moe’ Maestas, Javier Martinez, and Stephanie Garcia Richards. It’s sad for our state when so many representatives misunderstand the proper use of the land grant permanent fund and what raiding it would mean to our children in future generations.
This fund is not a piggy bank or rainy day fund to be raided whenever you think of something we should be doing in New Mexico. No one disagrees that our children need a better education, but we’ve seen proof positive that money is not the answer. We’ve increased funding for 10 years and yet our results of a poor educational system have not changed. Obviously money is not the answer. But if you take more of those precious funds now, there will be smaller distributions later.
- Senate Public Affairs committee tabled SB 179 Employee Preference Act
Senate Public Affairs committee tables SB 179 Employee Preference Act, Senator Ingle. The union representatives gave impassioned testimony about those who want to kill the unions and how Right to Work (RTW) legislation is destroying the economy in every state that has enacted the legislation.
That’s just too much nonsense to cover here, because we’ve seen RTW states’ economies take off after passage of RTW legislation. We’ve seen huge corporations relocate away from non-RTW states to RTW states. But what’s interesting is that the unions are also saying that their membership in New Mexico is growing significantly.