BASH Sold Out – Is New Mexico a Lobster Pot?

The Candidate Job Interview BASH on Thursday is going to be huge - with nearly all seats sold out! If you don’t already have a ticket, check availability HERE for limited remaining available tickets.

The following Candidates will be interviewed at the June 30 BASH: Secretary of State: Nora Espinoza, (Maggie Toulouse Oliver unable to attend); NM Supreme Court: Judith K. Nakamura and Michael E. Vigil; NM Court of Appeals: Stephen G. French and Julie J. Vargas; Senate District 9: John Sapien and Diego Espinoza; and Bernalillo County Commission District 2: Patricia Paiz, (Steven Michael Quezada unable to attend).

Thanks to NMBC BASH Partners: GAAR/CARNM; Edit House Productions, LLC - Ad House Advertising. and The ROCK of TALK: 95.9 FM & 1600 AM; And to NMBC Event Sponsors: New Mexico Restaurant Association, Bail Bond Agents of New Mexico, Farm Credit of New Mexico, Houston Wholesale Cars, LLC, New Mexico American Fire and Sprinkler, Association, New Mexico Stockman Magazine, Narrow Gate Security Agency Magazine, and Monroe's Restaurant.

Is New Mexico a Lobster Pot? Commentary by NMBC President, Carla Sonntag

Recently at a lunch with a friend we’ll call Susan (not her real name), we were discussing New Mexico and how we could make a difference. We were brainstorming about what it would take to move this state out of its ‘third world status’ and into true competition with all other states in the union.

Of course to effect change, you’ve got to first recognize the problem. . .

Susan said she thought the biggest problem we have in New Mexico is that our people act like lobsters in a lobster pot. How so? I asked.

Well, she said, if you ever watch lobsters in a pot, you’ll notice a few things. First of all, a lobster that is trying to get to the top, will step on the other lobsters to get there. And the other lobsters, noticing that one of them is trying to improve his lot in life, will pull him/her back down. The other lobsters will never allow ‘one of their own’ to do better than they are doing.

Drunk Las Cruces Employee Awarded 90% Worker's Comp Benefits by a NM Judge: This is not science fiction, it really happened a few years ago in New Mexico. HERE is a brief on the case. The NM Court of Appeals Judge said contradictory employee injury laws were the problem. So, pro-business members of the legislature introduced bills to fix the drunk/drugged worker injury issue. Other members of the legislature, however, blocked these reforms. Eventually, revised worker's comp laws that help (but do not fix) worker compensation issues have been passed and signed into law. This example, however, highlights the importance of electing judges and legislators who will work to improve the business environment in NM.

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All Rise – Order in the Court – Breaking News! NM Supreme Court Candidates to be interviewed at NMBC BASH (Business and Social Hour) on June 30! The candidates for New Mexico Supreme Court, incumbent Judge Judith Nakamura and her challenger, Judge Michael E. Vigil, have confirmed their job interviews. The New Mexico Supreme Court is the State's highest court and final court of review (court of last resort). In addition to reviewing decisions of lower courts, the Supreme Court, as the head of the Judicial Branch of Government, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all State courts and attorney regulation. The Court has authority to discipline attorneys and judges for professional misconduct and unethical behavior.

Join us in Albuquerque for the Candidate Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour): The ABQ BASH will be held Thursday, June 30, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Albuquerque Country Club, 601 Laguna Boulevard SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

Setting the Record Straight

Voters deserve to hear the truth in order to make an informed decision about what’s best for their community, not what’s best for special interest groups.

House District 32 Republican Primary Chandler vs Chavez

Campaigns have gotten nastier over the past few years to the point that some people will do anything to get elected. It’s troubling to see some campaigns based solely on destroying the opponent, rather than discussing issues. And it’s especially disturbing when the negativity is all in the hope of winning an unpaid legislative seat.

If a qualified candidate is running, is it necessary to completely destroy the character of the opponent?

Join us in Albuquerque for a Candidate Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour): The ABQ BASH will be held Thursday, June 30, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Albuquerque Country Club, 601 Laguna Boulevard SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

Capital Projects, General Obligation Bonds and Property Taxes: Frequently on ballots are ‘Bond Questions’ that relate to capital projects (construction of buildings, roads, … etc.) funded through property taxes. You may recall NMBC has encouraged voters to consider the use of those tax dollars, not just the emotional appeal such as ‘it’s for the kids'.

National Small Business Week, May 2 – 6: Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.

NMBC applauds the attention focused on businesses and works each day, not just one week out of the year, to advocate for job providers. NMBC believes a strong economy, job creation, and prosperity for all New Mexicans can only be realized in a healthy business environment, free of excessive regulation and taxation. We support free enterprise as the driver of economic development over government programs that limit individual prosperity and liberty.

‘Swiss Cheese’ Tax Code Creates Budget Woes: NMBC has been an advocate for a complete re-write of the current New Mexico Tax Code. Here is an excerpt of NMBC’s 2016 Tax Policy Objective:

The tax code should be completely rewritten based on the impact on business growth and expansion of private sector jobs without harming individuals and retirees. Tax exemptions for certain industries and businesses indicate tax code deficiencies. A clean, fair tax code will promote business growth, employment, increase state revenue and make New Mexico more competitive with surrounding states.

Last Chance to Sign Petition Supporting NM Jobs: Today is the last day to sign the petition to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and NM Congressional delegation asking for a stop to job-killing regulations that are being proposed by the BLM. Please sign the petition HERE.

It’s time to stop radical environmental groups from using agencies, like the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to push their no-compromise agenda which will kill jobs in New Mexico. Why now? The BLM has proposed new regulations dealing with natural gas venting and flaring.

It’s time to stop radical environmental groups from using federal agencies, like the BLM, to push their no-compromise agenda which will kill jobs in New Mexico. Why now? The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed new regulations dealing with natural gas venting and flaring.

We Need Your Help to Save NM Jobs – The Clock is Ticking: There are only a few days left for public comments to make a difference and NMBC needs your help to stop job-killing regulations that are being proposed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Biz Groups Sue DOL: The Department of Labor has issued a new rule requiring employers to disclose any meetings with outside consultants on how to craft their message to workers during union organizing rules. Several business groups are suing in response to this ruling. This is just one more example of how the government is limiting the freedom a business owner has to operate.

NM Manufacturing Update: After the manufacturing BASH (Business and Social Hour) on March 10, NMBC had some quality time with National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) VP Ned Monroe. Some great news for New Mexico manufacturers came out of our meeting!


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