County Commission Chair Maggie Hart Stebbins and Vice Chair Debbie O’Malley introduced a new business-related bill this week that would require employers to grant sick leave to all employees, including part-timers and seasonal employees – at least 1 hour for every 30 hours worked.
Crime rates in Albuquerque have long been a metropolitan issue, but affect the business environment statewide. The Albuquerque Journal points out just how jarring the stats are with a headline that reads “In Bernalillo County: 114 people shot in 112 days.” While the crime rate is lower in other parts of our state, these types of headlines impact the view of our state and whether or not businesses choose to relocate or open here.
The New Mexican oil and gas industry continues to do great work for our state. In spite of increased levels of natural gas consumption nationwide, the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to their lowest levels since 1992. New Mexico’s oil and gas industry is making incredible progress in reducing methane emissions as production surges in our own portion of the Permian Basin – the world’s top producing oilfield and some of the highest natural gas production in the country.
PRC decision could hurt New Mexico’s business reputation: A recent decision by the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) could leave Facebook on the hook to cover half the cost of an $85 million transmission line, a conclusion that Facebook says could affect the company’s long term operations in the state.