Loopholes, Land Use and Call for Heroes

  • Post published:April 25, 2016
  • Post category:Issues

A recently published ABQ Journal Op-Ed highlights some of the loopholes in our current tax code and what they mean to New Mexico’s declining tax revenue. Read more here.

Elected Officials Stand Up for Ranchers: Fifty members of the New Mexico State Legislature have come out against the U.S. Forest Service and their protection of the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The Forest Service has been installing fences in Santa Fe and Lincoln forests since 2014 to protect mouse habitats, causing a disruption in ranching and access to watering holes for cattle. The State Engineer will be investigating the complaints from ranchers.

NMBC has always encouraged lawmakers to take steps to protect our lands, our businesses and cultural traditions from federal regulation, laws and executive orders. Thank you to those New Mexico legislators who have stepped out against the federal government’s overreach in New Mexico! Read more here.

Santa Fe Budget Update: The Santa Fe City Manager released a proposed budget that includes $5.3 million in spending cuts, as well as fee increases for parking and parks and recreation. In the past, the city has used money from the water division fund to close the budget gap, creating controversy. While money from the water fund is still in the proposed budget, it has been reduced to $1.5 million and is characterized as a “franchise fee” allotted to cover costs related to the water system.

Santa Fe Government announced last year that there would be a deficit in the budget without increased taxes or cuts. We applaud those who agree that tax increases are not the answer to an inflated budget!

Budget hearings will be held at Santa Fe City Hall today, Tuesday 4-26 and Thursday 4-28 from 9 am to 3 pm. Read more here.

2016 Heroes Nominations: Do you know a New Mexican (elected, appointed, community volunteer and youth leaders) who goes above and beyond the call of duty to serve their community? NMBC is taking nominations for 2016 Heroes to be honored at the Annual Heroes Banquet on August 25, 2016. Download the application here and email it to nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org today!

Elections Matter and We Need Your Help! NMBC is working hard during this election year to provide voters with crucial information – but we can’t do it all on our own! We don’t rely on billionaires or tax dollars for our operations – we rely on New Mexicans and entrepreneurs like you to support our work with membership options that are affordable for everyone! Join us today to become a part of this great organization!