Decision America 2016 Tour: Ronald Reagan once said “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

The Post Legislative – Manufacturing BASH (Business and Social Hour) is this Thursday, March 10! The BASH will feature Lt. Governor John Sanchez and NAM Vice President Ned Monroe, with commentary on the Legislative Session from NMBC President Carla Sonntag. Join us at the BASH on March 10, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Albuquerque Country Club.

Who We Elect Matters! Today is Election Day for municipal elections around the state! NMBC encourages voters to tune in, get informed about the candidates and issues in your area and take the time to vote. Voting in support of pro-business candidates and policies rather than a government growth or partisan agenda will improve New Mexico’s economy and --- every vote counts!

With the 2016 Legislative Session over, it’s time for a Post Legislative – Manufacturing BASH (Business and Social Hour): Join the NMBC at the Post Legislative – Manufacturing BASH on March 10, 2016 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at the Albuquerque Country Club. Light hors d'oeuvres provided; cash bar available. Seating is limited, get tickets HERE.

2016 Legislative Session Depression? For those who run a business, plan a family budget and work in the private sector, the news out of our state capital ranging from several hundred million dollars in ‘new revenue’ for next year’s budget to a potential deficit of almost a billion dollars is hard to follow. This much is clear - millions of dollars in increased spending for Medicaid, the Rail Runner, the Spaceport and other ‘investments,’ coupled with a severe drop in the state’s economic driver (oil and gas), have left legislators and New Mexicans with a depressing outlook for at least the next couple of years.

It’s Time to Stop the War on New Mexico’s Children: As the last days of the 2016 Legislative Session unfold, our elected officials need to be reminded that responsible withdrawals from the State Land Grant Permanent Fund (LGPF) are necessary to provide for our children’s education in perpetuity. To increase withdrawal rates and risk our children’s future is irresponsible and would jeopardize the fund. NM already has two “permanent” funds, Tobacco and Severance Tax, which are either dead or dying because of over depletion. We don’t need to use the LGPF that saves taxpayers approximately $814/year per household in taxes as yet another example of how to kill a fund.

Have you had enough of groups like the Sierra Club using the Obama administration’s EPA and BLM to kill NM jobs? Now is the time to speak up because more job killing ‘rules’ are on the way from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The good news is you can easily let the BLM know how you feel by attending a meeting on 2-16 in Farmington.

NMBC Recognized as the Only Business Group Standing Up for Better Stewardship of Tax Dollars and Accountability from Public Officials: NMBC is proud to have been singled out recently by KOAT Action 7 News, Albuquerque Business First, Santa Fe New Mexican, political blogger Joe Monahan and a local Albuquerque paper as the only business group willing to take a stand for better stewardship of tax dollars and against voter suppression.

UPDATE: A Senate Floor vote was taken on SJR 1 on 2/2/2016 and, unfortunately it passed. Please contact all members of the House to encourage them to vote NO on SJR 1.

Get Out The Vote! Election day for the CNM Mill Levy Bond is Tuesday, February 2. We urge all Bernalillo and Sandoval County voters, including Rio Rancho and Corrales residents, to get informed and vote! Voting information can be found here.

The business community has become laser-focused on New Mexico’s educational system because it is producing what we hope will be our future workforce. But the CNM tax increase in the current special election will do nothing to address that need.

Stop the Special Interest Raid of the Land Grant Permanent: NM continues to be ranked among the worst of all states for educational achievement. Many young adults leave school unable to read or grasp basic math skills. Recent reports show we’ve made some improvement, but New Mexico is still ranked 49th.

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