Vote in Albuquerque Today: The election in Albuquerque today has important City Council races, a tax increase and other issues on the ballot. NMBC encourages voters to vote in support of pro-business candidates, against more GRT increases, and for the election reforms in City Charter Amendment Question 1.
New Mexicans Must Defend Reasonable Energy Usage
New Mexico is a strong state with valuable natural resources. We can be one of the nation’s leaders of economic opportunity and prosperity, if we will work together for a common sense approach to how our state manages its energy decisions. But many decisions are often a result of dealing with requirements of the Obama administration and EPA.
Manufacturing Day in New Mexico: Manufacturers contribute over $2 trillion to the U.S. economy, 12 percent of GDP and supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. Nationwide, more than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. And in New Mexico, the average annual compensation within the manufacturing industry was over $58,000.
Get Out The Vote: You’ve heard before that “Elections have consequences,” and it’s worth pointing out that local elections, while receiving less attention and voter turnout than statewide and national elections, directly impact our daily lives. And, if you haven’t noticed, City, County and School Board elections often are the stepping off point leading to higher offices.
BREAKING NEWS: NMBC named State Affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM):
Washington, D.C., September 14, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) welcomes the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) as the association’s newest State Associations Group (SAG) member. The NAM’s SAG program consists of 51 independent state manufacturers, business and industry associations. With the NMBC’s membership, the NAM has excellent representation in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
NMBC is pleased to be working with NAM in opposition of the move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would tighten federal ozone standards. To help educate New Mexicans on the negative impact the proposed EPA ozone regulations would have on our state, the following ad is out on local television stations and via social media:
Realities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are Taking Hold Across the U.S. and in NM: Realities of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are Taking Hold Across the U.S. and in NM: Part of the federal healthcare program referred to as Obamacare provided guidelines for each state to establish healthcare exchanges. NM was one of the states that 'opted in' and chose to set up an ACA state exchange. Now, several state programs including Minnesota, Maryland, Vermont and Oregon are experiencing problems that affect policy holders. Hawaii completely shut their state exchange down. Here in New Mexico, Blue Cross Blue Shield Here in New Mexico, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) announced it would pull out of the state health exchange beginning January 1 of 2016. After losing more than $19.2 million, BCBS requested a 51.6 percent average premium increase that was denied. BCBS felt there was no alternative other than to pull out of the state exchange program.
U.S. Marshall Conrad Candelaria provided a moving keynote speech honoring heroes at the New Mexico Business Coalition's annual Heroes luncheon. The event sold out twice, but the Marriott Pyramid came through and made room for everyone. Read the front page ABQ Journal article HERE.
Google is Leaving NM after announcing it would pull Titan Aerospace out of Moriarty. New Mexico invested $1 million in infrastructure and an additional $141,000 in Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) funds. Google has agreed to repay the infrastructure investment which will be available for a future tenant.
The ABQ Fair Workweek Act will do ZERO Good for Employees and Businesses: Albuquerque City Councilor Ken Sanchez has asked for a fiscal and economic impact analysis to be conducted before further action on the ‘Fair Workweek’ ordinance is taken. That’s good news. Hopefully the council will be able to see that the proposed ordinance will hurt businesses, jobs and our economy. The NMBC will continue working against this ordinance and will monitor the proceedings.