How many U.S. Forrest Service employees does it take to run a chipper? While in northern New Mexico near Taos recently, NMBC came across the above scenario. Apparently, it takes nine federal workers to handle feeding pine branches into a wood chipper. NMBC spends a lot of time talking about the need to reduce dependence on government programs in New Mexico. The other half of the equation is reducing government dependence on a bottomless pit of tax dollars that encourages waste and a ‘spend it so we can get more next year’ mentality.
NMBC will host a Roswell Action Luncheon at ‘The Liberty’, 312 N Virginia Ave, July 12, 2017, from 11:30 to 1:00pm. Join NMBC, business leaders, elected officials and candidates for office to discuss a proactive and positive approach to making New Mexico a better place to live and do business. Get tickets for the Roswell Action Lunch HERE.
Vote today in the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD). Polls are open today for In person voting to pick four MRGCD commissioners for the following counties: Sandoval, Socorro and Bernalillo. Water rights, conservation and usage are important and property owners in the district should use their vote. You can find information on the candidates HERE and if you are eligible, get out and vote.
ExxonMobil shows what it means to be a good corporate neighbor, going above and beyond to support New Mexico's higher education. In a generous move, ExxonMobil and their employees have donated almost $200,000 to higher education institutions in New Mexico. Education is one of the most important tools we can use in creating a better state for all our citizens. Thank you ExxonMobil for standing with New Mexico! You can read more about this generous donation here.
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!
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.