Elections Have Consequences & NMBC Takes on the EPA

  • Post published:March 1, 2016
  • Post category:Issues

While the number of municipal elections are too numerous to detail every race and issue, HERE is a starting point for information on municipal elections.

NMBC Takes on the EPA in U.S. Court of Appeals on Behalf of New Mexicans: On Tuesday of last week, New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) joined 166 other business associations from 40 different states in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit opposing the devastating economic impact posed by the EPA’s carbon regulations. “As the only party to the litigation with New Mexico in it’s name, NMBC welcomes the challenge to take a stand for clean, reliable and affordable energy for our state,” said Carla Sonntag, NMBC President. Read more here.

BASH Reminder: Have you RSVP’d for the March 10th, Post Legislative – Manufacturing BASH (Business and Social Hour)? Join Lt. Governor John Sanchez, Washington D.C. based Ned Monroe, Vice President of the National Association of Manufacturers, as well as many elected and appointed officials from around the state on March 10 at the Albuquerque Country Club from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Seating is limited, RSVP today!

Thanks to these great sponsors for their support of the March 10 BASH:
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NMMEP)
NM American Fire Sprinkler Association (NMFSA)
New Mexico Restaurant Association
Sierra Peaks

Today is the time to get out and vote New Mexico! Don’t believe your vote makes a difference? The following news stories are important examples of how important it is to vote for pro-business candidates and issues:

SF City Council votes to pay off $33.7M in Bonds: Last week, the Santa Fe City Council voted to use some of the cash surplus built up by the city Water Division to pay off $33.7 in bonds. This vote comes in the middle of controversy regarding use of the Water Division surplus. This action is expected to save the city about $3.5 million a year in debt service payments. The city Finance Committee chairman recommended taking the $3.5M in savings to put towards the city’s general fund, which has a projected $18M shortfall for the next fiscal year. Read more here.

New Methane Regulations Proposed: While the benefits of oil and gas are strong and prove to provide clean, reliable energy and employment to our country, the EPA is still pushing for stronger methane regulations. NMBC is leading the opposition against more federal rules and taking a stand for New Mexico and against the ‘War on Jobs’ being pushed by groups like the Sierra Club. At a speaking event last week, EPA chief Gina McCarthy said that methane regulations the EPA is developing “really are going to be challenging” for the energy sector. Read more here.

Labor Department Proposes Paid Leave Rule: A proposed federal rule would require paid sick leave for more than 800,000 workers under federal contracts. Time off would be accrued based on the amount of time workers put in. The rule is currently a proposal and now must go through a period of public comment before it can be finalized and go into effect. Read more here.

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