The New Year is only a few days away and the excitement of 2017 brings with it new challenges.

New Mexico is at a crucial juncture. Are we going to stand for free markets that will diversify and grow jobs or will politicians control and limit our state’s economy with ‘tax and spend’ policies?

Some in our Capitol seek to make New Mexicans rely more on government. They work each day to expand programs that require citizens to bend to the will of politicians and bureaucrats in Santa Fe or Washington, D.C.

At the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) we work for you.

In politics everyone works for someone.

Politicians work for bureaucrats, bureaucrats work for corporations, corporations work for shareholders, all the while the person who should be the boss, the taxpayer, is left out in the cold.

At the New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) we know citizens are supposed to be the real leaders in our system of self-governance. That’s why we work each day, fighting on their behalf, while keeping them informed and engaged with what’s happening politically.

No one else in New Mexico does what NMBC does.

As we focus on time with family and friends this holiday season, NMBC wishes you all the love and joy that the celebration of Christmas brings.

From President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 message, a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas:

“The Nativity story of nearly twenty centuries ago is known by all faiths as a hymn to the brotherhood of man. For Christians, it is the fulfillment of age-old prophecies and the reaffirmation of God's great love for all of us. Through a generous Heavenly Father's gift of His Son, hope and compassion entered a world weary with fear and despair and changed it for all time.

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.

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