Increasing the minimum wage in New Mexico will be one of the issues that will come up in the 2017 legislative session. Now is the time to let us know where you stand on this, and other issues.

NMBC was Proud to Take a Stand with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently in a court case against a Department of Labor overtime rule that would have taken effect on December 1. Along with a coalition of other associations and 21 states, NMBC supported the NAM Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action (MCLA) in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The great news for New Mexicans who are already struggling with some of the highest unemployment rates in the nation is that we succeeded in delaying, if not stopping implementation of the job killing rule!

The work done by New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) and our sister organization, Rebound New Mexico (RNM), is changing New Mexico. You can support that work with a tax-deductible contribution to RNM, which can also help your year-end tax planning!

NMBC and RNM exist because New Mexico needs a reasonable government that supports business operations – not hinders them. NMBC and RNM are nonpartisan grassroots coalitions that bring New Mexicans, like you, together to make that happen. While NMBC focuses on policy, accountability and voter education, RNM works to break the chain of generational poverty in New Mexico, empowering New Mexicans to achieve prosperity without dependence on government.

Excerpts from President John F. Kennedy’s Thanksgiving Message, 1961:

"I ask the head of each family to recount to his children the story of the first New England thanksgiving, thus to impress upon future generations the heritage of this nation born in toil, in danger, in purpose, and in the conviction that right and justice and freedom can, through man’s efforts, persevere and come to fruition with the blessing of God.

When it comes to choosing candidates who favor private sector job growth over those who favor government growth, the choices are pretty clear when you have good information on hand. As the State Association Group for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), NMBC is pleased to provide this valuable 2016 Voter Guide to help identify candidates who stand for free market job growth.

Guilt by association? Some campaigns have hit new lows with pointless accusations that say nothing, are based on nothing and have no point.

Case in point: Elizabeth Thomson’s mailer against Christina Hall. The flier states, “If she goes to Santa Fe, Christina Hall will join Republicans who voted against hiring more police officers . . .”

Constitutional Amendment on the November ballot – Support or Oppose?

The Constitutional Amendment (CA) has much to do with crime in New Mexico and is something every voter should carefully consider. The two basic issues that it covers are: 1) Keeping the worst felons incarcerated without the option for bail until their trial; and 2) Releasing many arrestees, without bail, if their case meets certain criteria.

It's Time for the NMBC Pre-Election BASH (Business and Social Hour): Join us on October 28, 2016, from 4:30 - 6:30 pm, at the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors (GAAR), 1635 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, for a Pre-Election, BASH. Light h'orderves provided. Get tickets HERE.

This is a MEMBERS ONLY event for NMBC, GAAR and Commercial Association of Realtors New Mexico (CARNM) members. Not an NMBC member? Many options available for every budget HERE. Elected-Appointed Officials and Candidates get in free! Limited seating available - the last BASH sold out! Get discounted/early-bird tickets today.

The First-Ever Simulated Convention of States: NMBC President Carla Sonntag, along with NM Representative Yvette Herrell will be in Colonial Williamsberg later this week for a historic, simulated Convention of States. "Despite this year’s election chaos, I feel optimistic about the future of our nation. Why?

Last Chance to Nominate an NMBC Hero is this Friday: The Annual NMBC Heroes Banquet will be on November 17, from 6pm – 8pm, at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana, NE. This uplifting banquet will honor Heroes in our state who devote their time, energy and talents to protect our families, expand free enterprise and improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans. The Deadline to Nominate a Hero is September 16.

If you know an Elected Official, Appointed Official, Business Leader, Community Leader, or Young leader who deserves to be recognized as an NMBC Hero, download the nomination form HERE and email it to NMBC at nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org no later than 9-16-16.

So Many Issues: In the midst of important issues our elected officials (and voters) should be focused on, the Bernalillo County Commission has called a special meeting for Thursday, September 8, at 2pm. The point of the meeting is what to do with an Albuquerque Ordinance that will dictate to employers the type of paid leave they provide employees. While the issue is in Albuquerque for now, it has implications for every city in the state. NMBC will be at the meeting with several business owners to speak against the ordinance being placed on the November 8 ballot.

NMBC Invites You to Attend a Rally in SE New Mexico Supporting our Oil and Gas Industry and 'Push Back' Against the 'Keep it in the Ground-ers': Are you tired of special interest groups attacking New Mexico's Oil and Gas Industry with their anti-fossil fuel agenda? NMBC is and we're joining others to rally in Roswell, celebrating oil and gas and all that it means for NM. Join us Wednesday, August 31, from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Roswell Convention and Civic Center Parking lot for a fun, free event!

Our Federal Government is Out of Control: Unless some political force outside of Washington, D.C., intervenes, the federal government will continue to bankrupt this nation, embezzle the legitimate authority of the states, and destroy the liberty of the people. Rather than securing the blessings of liberty for future generations, Washington, D.C., is on a path that will enslave our children and grandchildren to the debts of the past. The problem is big, but NMBC is up for the challenge and will be in Virginia to demonstrate a solution. Article V gives us a tool to fix the mess in D.C.

Historic Williamsburg, Va., will host a first-ever practice of a Convention of States (COS) next month. The practice COS will focus on shutting down President Obama's use of executive orders and blocking the Supreme Court's heavy hand by returning power to state governments long overshadowed by Washington. The "Convention of States Project" said Monday that it is hosting the meeting September 21-23 in Colonial Williamsburg to show how the event, proposed in the Constitution's Article V, would work to restore a power balance between the federal and state governments. Read more from the Washington Examiner HERE.

Join the NMBC in Roswell to Support and Celebrate New Mexico Oil and Gas: NMBC will be in Roswell to support and celebrate all that New Mexico Oil and Gas producers do for our state. Please join us on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center Parking Lot.

National groups that are pushing the ‘keep it in the ground’ agenda are again trying to make sure they are the only voice heard. NMBC, along with others in the state who appreciates all the GOOD that comes from oil and gas will make sure our voices are heard too! Don’t miss this free event that will have food, music and lots of fun. More information about the event HERE.

NMBC Members Give NM Public Regulation Commissioners Feedback supporting Cleaner Air and Carbon-Free Energy in NM (Sign the Petition HERE): An articulate and engaged NMBC member had some the following thoughtful feedback for the NM PRC:

“Dear NMPRC Commissioners: I respectfully submit to all five PRC Commissioners the following comments in opposition to the proposed rate cuts.

The NMPRC may be on the cusp of making a really bad decision to cut PNM’s requested rate by about two-thirds. While the PRC Evaluator may believe that such a reduction is in the best interest of the rate payers, I think that not having the leverage of PNM’s negotiated Palo Verde position will be more expensive in the long run because alternative fuels to supply the delta distribution will be more costly than nuclear and contain carbon emissions; which nuclear does not.

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