From the Four Corners area to SE New Mexico, NMBC is bringing a great BASH (Business and Social Hour) to a city near you.

MFG jobs have increased across the nation, but not in NM. How will import tariffs impact manufacturers in our state? Give us your thoughts HERE.

Good (very good) news for BASH lovers! Thursday’s BASH in Albuquerque was a huge success with 180 attendees and people around the state are asking what about us. The very good news is – you’re next! Here’s the lineup for the next two scheduled events around New Mexico:

Farmington, 4/19/18, 5 – 7 pm, keynote speaker, Andrew Vecera, Chief of Staff, representing U.S. Rep Rob Bishop, Chair of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.

Hobbs, 5/3/18, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, back by popular demand, keynote speaker Jonathan Williams, co-author of Rich States, Poor States.

It's time to stop complaining and start taking action. If you are ready to hear some actionable steps we can take (right now) to improve our state, you don't want to miss the BASH (Business and Social Hour) in Albuquerque on Thursday afternoon.

Ticket information here.

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.

$10 advance tickets on sale now ($15 at the door). Limited seating will be available, get your tickets today!

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.

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 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, 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 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.

Bi-partisan work at the Legislative Session is good for New Mexico.

Last week the House of Representatives passed HB19, which morphed into a collection of crime bills aimed at making New Mexico safer.

HB169/SB179 Employee Preference Act, cosponsored by Representatives Scott, Townsend, Nibert, Wooley, and Senator Ingle.

HB 2 General Appropriations Act of 2018

This bill will be voted on soon by the full House and then move over to the Senate. Let’s hope it properly funds our courts (we need more judges and staff) and our public safety needs. What is more important when there is about $330 million in new revenue?

HB 129 Biennial Budget Pilot Program. Cosponsored by Reps Hall, Dodge and Townsend.


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