Home of the free because of the brave, may we never forget that freedom isn’t free.

We are grateful to live in a country that was founded on freedom and opportunity for all. Beginning today, with the formal holiday on Monday, many will enjoy time off from work in observance of Memorial Day. As for New Mexico Business Coalition, our office will be closed on Monday.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate, remembering those men and women in uniform who have died defending our freedom. NMBC wishes you a restful, fun and safe Memorial Day spent with loved ones and filled with appreciation for the sacrifices others have made.

Special Session starts tomorrow: There’s been a lot finger-pointing, name-calling, and postcard mailers with bad information over the past two months. Now, it’s time to take a breath, pray for a short and successful session, and move on to productive business!

We should be New Mexicans first with the desire to move our state from its dismal statistics to the greatness we all know is achievable. We won’t get there with animosity and blaming. Take the time – right now – to send an encouraging note to your senator and representative and tell them you would like to see a short special session that ends with a budget that works for all New Mexicans.

Last week was a busy one for NMBC – Meetings, Media & Awards: On Monday, 5-8-17, NMBC attended and gave comments at a public meeting in Counselor, NM regarding hydraulic fracturing and related oil and gas activities on the Navajo Nation. Read more HERE.

On Tuesday, 5-9-17, NMBC was contacted by several media outlets to comment on the U.S. Senate failing to repeal a harmful methane rule. Read more HERE, and HERE. On Friday, 5-12-17, NMBC attended a meeting and gave comments in Sandoval County concerning a proposed country ordinance on oil and gas development. In between all that was the BASH (Business and Social Hour) titled, ‘Engaging the Community in Energy,’ on Thursday, 5-11-17. Whew! No wonder NMBC is known as New Mexico’s ‘Voice of Energy!

All of the Above Energy Production in NM? Find out at the BASH!

New government data shows that carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation are at their lowest levels in nearly 30 years, and natural gas is the key reason why. Read more HERE.

And, speaking of high energy…it’s time for a BASH!

Much more than a slogan on the #USA dollar bill, 'In God we Trust,' reflects what a blessing it is to be an American. As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, NMBC encourages citizens of the United States to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.

It’s almost time for the Albuquerque BASH (Business and Social Hour)! Join with business leaders, elected officials, candidates for office and community leaders on May 11, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Courtyard by Marriott in Albuquerque for appetizers, cash bar, good information and a great time.

Sugar Tax Vote in Santa Fe – is Your Community Next?

It’s Election Day for some parts of the state from Santa Fe to Las Cruces and Voter turnout is expected to be high: The much debated Santa Fe ‘Sugar Tax’ will be decided today and early voting has brought out a record number of voters. For those voting today, NMBC encourages voters to notice these red flags: 1) The tax is regressive, that is, it would disproportionally hurt low income working families; and 2) Out of state billionaires and special interest groups have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into trying to influence voters to approve this tax. More reasons for Santa Fe voters to reject the sugar tax can be found HERE. A sample ballot and voting locations can be found HERE.

The American Lung Association’s Top City for CLEAN AIR? See below…

Energy Headlines Environmental Activists Don’t Want You to See: ‘CO2 and Methane Emissions Drop Significantly’. New government data shows that carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation are at their lowest levels in nearly 30 years, and natural gas is the key reason why. Similarly, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methane emissions from oil operations declined 28.8 percent from 1990 to 2015. Over the same period, methane emissions from venting and flaring of associated natural gas production decreased more than 78 percent. The EPA report can be found HERE.

When it comes to energy production, New Mexico and the U.S. can (and should) learn from other countries’ experiences concerning clean, affordable AND reliable energy. Germany, for example, recently faced mass blackouts because the wind didn’t blow and the sun didn’t shine when power was needed. The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that wind and solar power plants under-performed in January, 2017, because of cloudy weather with little or no wind, setting the stage for massive blackouts. The bottom line appears to be that Germany’s green energy approach is failing to meet production goals sufficient to provide grid stability - even after spending $1.1 trillion dollars. Read more HERE.

The National Mood is Improving – How about You?

The USA mood and key indicators of the economy point to better times ahead: In preliminary figures provided to NMBC by NAM (National Association of Manufacturers), the consumer sentiment rebounded in April after pulling back somewhat in the prior two months. Confidence remained high and not far from January’s 13-year record. Indeed, the underlying figures suggest that Americans remain quite upbeat. That message is also being conveyed in the spending data, with retail sales up 5.2 percent over the past 12 months. The American consumer has been more willing to open his/her pocketbook, especially when compared to this time last year.

Business owners dealing with other people’s data, please take note: The Governor signed HB 15 Data Breach Notification Act. This new law requires notice be given to persons who are affected by a security breach involving their personal identifying information (PII).

It also requires a person who owns or maintains computerized data elements that include PII to notify each New Mexico resident whose unencrypted PII is reasonably believed to have been subject to a security breach, generally within 45 days following discovery of the breach. The bill sets out required contents and methods of notification.

In the latest National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Outlook survey, 93.3 percent of manufacturers across the nation are either somewhat or very positive about their own company’s outlook, up 77.8 percent from December 2016. It was the second straight quarter where the outlook exceeded its historic average and there were strong gains in confidence for all firm sizes.

The NMBC Farmington Energy BASH (Business and Social Hour) last week, themed “Engaging the Community in Energy”, brought out a huge crowd. Check out this great write up in the Farmington Daily Times about the event: Energy BASH served as forum for energy advocates.

We are glad New Mexicans are ready to engage in our state's future, because YOU are the difference between success and status quo (or worse). We must unite on the side of common sense to defend New Mexico’s most important trades: the extractive industries and energy production.

Farmington Energy BASH with Secretary Ken McQueen, today, 3/30/17, 5-7 pm, is sold out! If you are registered, we look forward to seeing you tonight. If you didn't get into this event, you can catch a similar event, "Engaging the Community in Energy" with Secretary McQueen for the Rio Grande corridor. It will be held May 11, 2017, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, in Albuquerque. Location TBD.

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