For too long, the EPA has ignored the impact of its regulations on the lives and livelihoods of the men and women who make things in America. Manufacturers and other business owners want to see improvements at the EPA so that the goals of environmental stewardship and economic growth can be achieved at the same time. President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for EPA administrator signals that change is finally coming.

Based on unofficial projections, the state Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) will pay out a record-high $688 million for public schools and other beneficiaries in the coming budget year. That amount is based on a 5 percent withdrawal rate. But there is some bad news.

When it comes to important issues like jobs, our economy, the New Mexico budget deficit and the upcoming legislative session – NMBC provides the perfect venue to discuss all of these issues at the BASH (Business and Social Hour), this Thursday, January 12!

Business and community leaders will be at the BASH along with Albuquerque Mayoral Candidates, state and local elected officials and more. Richard Anklam, President and Executive Director of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute will provide insightful comments and you don’t want to miss what Carla Sonntag, NMBC President and Founder, is going to cover!

As followers and members of NMBC, I want you to know firsthand about an unfortunate situation that has received some recent media attention, and that affects our efforts to advance important issues for businesses in New Mexico.

In December, the Republican Party of New Mexico (RPNM) published false and defamatory claims about me and my family. In an email sent to Republicans in our state, the RPNM said I or my family authored anonymous emails that criticized candidates in the recent RPNM election. The RPNM also attacked my integrity and character.

The 2017 New Mexico legislative session will be starting soon and based on the bills that have been pre-filed, elected officials are full of ideas on how to change our lives through legislation. Do YOU want to see more regulation, increased taxes and more money taken from our permanent funds for an education system that needs a complete overhaul before it needs more money? From what we've heard, the answer is a resounding 'No!'

NMBC recently conducted a survey, asking for your input on topics such as minimum wage increases, the state budget, addressing crime, tax reform and more. We got some amazing responses and thoughtful feedback that we'll be sharing at the BASH (Business and Social Hour) on January 12.

The New Year is only a few days away and the excitement of 2017 brings with it new challenges.

New Mexico is at a crucial juncture. Are we going to stand for free markets that will diversify and grow jobs or will politicians control and limit our state’s economy with ‘tax and spend’ policies?

Some in our Capitol seek to make New Mexicans rely more on government. They work each day to expand programs that require citizens to bend to the will of politicians and bureaucrats in Santa Fe or Washington, D.C.

At the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) we work for you.

In politics everyone works for someone.

Politicians work for bureaucrats, bureaucrats work for corporations, corporations work for shareholders, all the while the person who should be the boss, the taxpayer, is left out in the cold.

At the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) we know citizens are supposed to be the real leaders in our system of self-governance. That’s why we work each day, fighting on their behalf, while keeping them informed and engaged with what’s happening politically.

No one else in New Mexico does what NMBC does.

As we focus on time with family and friends this holiday season, NMBC wishes you all the love and joy that the celebration of Christmas brings.

From President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 message, a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas:

“The Nativity story of nearly twenty centuries ago is known by all faiths as a hymn to the brotherhood of man. For Christians, it is the fulfillment of age-old prophecies and the reaffirmation of God's great love for all of us. Through a generous Heavenly Father's gift of His Son, hope and compassion entered a world weary with fear and despair and changed it for all time.

Increasing the minimum wage in New Mexico will be one of the issues that will come up in the 2017 legislative session. Now is the time to let us know where you stand on this, and other issues.

NMBC was Proud to Take a Stand with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently in a court case against a Department of Labor overtime rule that would have taken effect on December 1. Along with a coalition of other associations and 21 states, NMBC supported the NAM Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The great news for New Mexicans who are already struggling with some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation is that we succeeded in delaying, if not stopping implementation of the job killing rule!

The work done by New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) and our sister organization, Rebound New Mexico (RNM), is changing New Mexico. You can support that work with a tax-deductible contribution to RNM, which can also help your year-end tax planning!

NMBC and RNM exist because New Mexico needs a reasonable government that supports business operations – not hinders them. NMBC and RNM are nonpartisan grassroots coalitions that bring New Mexicans, like you, together to make that happen. While NMBC focuses on policy, accountability and voter education, RNM works to break the chain of generational poverty in New Mexico, empowering New Mexicans to achieve prosperity without dependence on government.

Excerpts from President John F. Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Message, 1961:

"I ask the head of each family to recount to his children the story of the first New England thanksgiving, thus to impress upon future generations the heritage of this nation born in toil, in danger, in purpose, and in the conviction that right and justice and freedom can, through man’s efforts, persevere and come to fruition with the blessing of God.

When it comes to choosing candidates who favor private sector job growth over those who favor government growth, the choices are pretty clear when you have good information on hand. As the State Association Group for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), NMBC is pleased to provide this valuable 2016 Voter Guide to help identify candidates who stand for free market job growth.

Guilt by association? Some campaigns have hit new lows with pointless accusations that say nothing, are based on nothing and have no point.

Case in point: Elizabeth Thomson’s mailer against Christina Hall. The flier states, “If she goes to Santa Fe, Christina Hall will join Republicans who voted against hiring more police officers . . .”

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