The 2016 legislative session has begun and both chambers are hearing bills. There are many positive things that can be done to make New Mexico a stronger economic engine and NMBC 2016 priorities, show how we think that can happen. We hope that partisanship will be set aside in the interest of the people in this great state.

CNM Spends $626,000 on 80 Year Old Homes, Asks Voters to Approve a Tax Increase For Dire Need Repairs: The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) has uncovered new information about the Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) request for a property tax increase.

Public records show that CNM has spent $626,000 on off-campus, residential homes that are 80 years old. The homes, listed on Bernalillo County (BernCo) property tax records, are located at 2101 Oxford Avenue SE and 2100 Coal Place SE.

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) will be in Santa Fe throughout the 2016 Legislative session. We will be providing our popular Heroes and Zeroes report to keep you current on elected officials’ actions and legislation.

A Day to Celebrate MLK: As we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King today, it is timely and relevant to remember what Dr. King said about public education:

The Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) and Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Bond Election is February 2. The Early Voting sites are open now until January 30.

The CNM Bond Election is underway, with early voting open until January 30.

NMBC supports a workers right to have a job in NM without being forced to join or pay dues to a union. Will our legislators take action during the 30 day 2016 Session?

SJGS Plan Approved: After years of discussion, hearings and community involvement, the NM Public Regulation Commission adopted PNM’s plan to shut down half of San Juan Generating Station (SJGS) yesterday. This decision is good news for those wanting affordable and reliable electric energy for the state.

New Mexico, Change is Possible! The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) is focused on working with lawmakers and business owners to find positive solutions to anti-business issues around the state. Onerous, overbearing government regulations and laws that prohibit business growth plague New Mexico. We believe that while discussing the issues is a great start, talk is not enough to spur change.

Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce is Hosting a Pre Legislative Round Table Discussion and NMBC Presentation Titled ‘Pro-Business – Talk is Not Enough,’ on December 15: The Alamogordo Chamber is hosting a Pre Legislative Round Table Discussion with legislators from the area followed by a presentation and Q/A with NMBC President Carla Sonntag. This is a free event, but an RSVP is needed.

NMBC accomplishments on behalf of New Mexico businesses highlighted by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

On behalf of NMBC, we wish you and your family a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving. We are grateful for each of you who take the time to get involved and support the work of making our state and nation better.

Another List Puts NM at Bottom: New Mexico scored low in an assessment on state integrity. Receiving an F grade for categories like “Executive Accountability,” “Legislative Accountability,” and “Public Access to Information”, the report gave New Mexico an overall “D-” grade, while placing it at a tie for 34th place among all states.

State Medicaid Needs $1 Billion: Members of the Legislative Finance Committee were told last month that almost $1 billion is needed for the state’s share of Medicaid costs. Costs have increased by 8.5% to keep pace with skyrocketing enrollment and the future loss of funds from federal government matching.

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