More Taxes – Higher Utility Bills

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) is concerned about the welfare of our state. Raising taxes on businesses, which leads to increased costs of products and services, and lost jobs is not a solution to our ailing economy. Now, some Bernalillo County Commissioners are looking to raise taxes in a way that will lead to higher utility bills. But the entire state should pay attention. If the effort succeeds in Bernalillo, you can bet the same tax will be coming to counties all over New Mexico.

The ordinance of concern, sponsored by Commissioner O’Malley, will charge a 3% tax to companies who are using a county right of way. It is aimed at taking a percentage of water, gas, electric and utility company revenue. This is the kind of tax that progressive politicians love to pass when no one is looking. But the NMBC has taken note and we will be monitoring this policy to keep voters informed.

The NMBC encourages voters to look at this ordinance HERE and make your voices known by emailing the commission at

Win a 7-day trip! Raffle tickets are now for sale for the NMBC 2013 Raffle. Last year’s winner is off to Hawaii and you could be next to win a 7-day trip to any U.S. Wyndham or RCI Resort. Tickets are $20, three for $50 or ten for $100. To buy tickets, click here, email or call (505) 836-4223. The drawing will be held at the NMBC Heroes Banquet in September. You do not need to be present to win.

ABQ MAYOR JOB INTERVIEWS at the NMBC BASH, June 27: We will conduct ‘Job Interviews’ for the position of Albuquerque Mayor at the NMBC BASH (Business and Social Hour) on June 27, 2013. Current Mayor, R.J. Berry, and candidates Pete Dinelli and Paul Heh have confirmed their interviews at the BASH. You don’t want to miss this event. Limited seating is available, get your tickets today!

HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES? Submit your questions by email to:

NMBC Comes to Las Cruces! The first NMBC Las Cruces BASH (Business and Social Hour) is Thursday, July 11, 2013, from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. This BASH will be held at La Posta de Mesilla, and will feature guest speaker Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen. This is a free event, limited seating is available. RSVP here.

NMBC 2013 HERO NOMINATIONS: We will honor ‘NMBC HEROES,’ (those who serve the public and routinely go beyond job requirements for the benefit of all New Mexicans) on September 12, 2013. Nominations for NMBC HEROES may be submitted to

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: Interested in sponsoring the Albuquerque or Las Cruces BASH events, or the NMBC Heroes Luncheon? Contact NMBC at or call 836-4223.