Last night the NM Senate voted to pass HB 85 Union Security Agreements, Rep Ely. That, in and of itself, was really no surprise. If you follow the money, you know before many things happen in Santa Fe what the expected outcome will be. 

Sylvia Bokor asked New Mexico Business Coalition to share the following with the public:

"On July 19, 2018, Sylvia Bokor died from cancer of the lungs. Her ashes will be scattered in the Rose Garden at Sunset Memorial Park or some other location chosen by the Ayn Rand Institute. According to her wishes, no memorial services will be held.

I deeply enjoyed my time in New Mexico and meeting lots of it's citizens - kind, thoughtful and considerate. I greatly hope that all the work that I and other grassroots supporters of Right to Work did will not have been in vain. I encourage all those who want a more prosperous state to continue their work!

Commentary By Carla J. Sonntag, President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

As American business continues to move into an ever-evolving 21st century economic landscape, the role of local and grassroots movements has emerged as a principal factor in local economies. As American citizens and stewards of our country’s future, we are all obliged to educate ourselves on current civil, economic, and legislative issues, and to help carry forward our ideals to ensure a better tomorrow for our children. This has always been the American way, and it has helped make us the greatest country on Earth.

Commentary by NMBC President Carla J. Sonntag

There was discussion at an interim legislative committee about the ongoing debate of increased distributions from the Land Grant Permanent Fund. The New Mexico Business Coalition has been vocal for many years that taking more than the time-tested, economist approved distribution of five percent per year would be detrimental to the long term viability of the fund. The fund was set up when New Mexico first became a state to provide funding for education and certain other state needs in perpetuity. It cannot do that, if the fund’s corpus is damaged.

By Dan McKay / Albuquerque Journal Staff Writer

New Mexico lawmakers have repeatedly debated whether to pull more money out of the state’s largest permanent fund to help pay for early childhood education programs.

But in a legislative meeting Thursday, the state investment officer suggested a different approach.

Why not, he asked, leave the 5 percent distribution alone, but instead earmark a portion of the annual revenue growth that happens anyway?

Published by Albuquerque Business First on 5-23-18, written by Ron Davis.

With four counties on board, efforts to pass right-to-work legislation are heating up in New Mexico.

A local business group wants to keep the heat on.

The New Mexico Business Coalition confirmed to Albuquerque Business First it will contribute $20,000 for the legal defense of counties' decisions to implement right-to-work, which prohibits a company and a union from signing a contract that would require the affected workers to be union members. The contributions came from several businesses. A statement by the Business Coalition to ABF did not name the businesses.

Sandoval, Otero, Lincoln and most recently, Chaves counties have passed right-to-work legislation in New Mexico.

2018 State Economic Competitiveness Rankings Reveal Upward Standings tied to Federal Tax Reform.

New Mexico ranks 35th for economic outlook in 2018, unchanged from last year.

Albuquerque City Residents: The Albuquerque City Council will vote tonight regarding a three-eighths of one percent (.375%) Gross Receipts Tax increase. We are asking you to show up tonight to speak against this tax increase or, in the alternative, write to the City Councilors and voice your objection.

The facts are simple. This tax increase is: 1) Detrimental to business growth and job creation; and 2) It is especially difficult for low-income and senior citizens on a fixed income. If Albuquerque wants to grow and get out of this financial crisis it is now in, the answer is to broaden the tax base by encouraging business growth and relocation, not driving it away and trying to take more from those who live and work here.

Jay C. Block was born and raised in Manchester, NH and grew up with a strong interest to serve at a young age. In 1987 and early 1988 he worked for the Jack Kemp for President campaign during the New Hampshire primary season. In 1989, Jay graduated from high school and decided to serve his country by enlisting in the Air Force Reserve. He then transferred to the Air National Guard in North Dakota while attending college at North Dakota State University where he interned for a US Senator in 1993 and graduated in 1995 with a political science degree and a commission through the Air Force ROTC program.

Jonathan Williams is the Chief Economist and Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state policymakers, congressional leaders and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutions for the states. Williams also co-authors Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic State Competitiveness Index with Reagan economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. Prior to joining ALEC, Williams served as staff economist at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies.

Commentary by Cristina Arnold, Regional Vice President, New Mexico Business Coalition

The Roswell Healthcare Solutions Group recently met at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center with legislators, community leaders and physician recruiters from the area, to discuss the current crisis of obtaining and retaining healthcare providers for Roswell and the surrounding communities.

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) joined the Healthcare Solutions group when we realized that not only is the lack of providers in our area a problem for the residents and business owners of Roswell, it is also affecting the community’s ability to attract companies that will provide jobs and revenue needed to impact economic growth in our area.

New Mexico’s vibrant energy sector, which helped lead the state’s economic recovery, is facing a new threat.

Commentary By Carla J. Sonntag, President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

At a time when New Mexico has the worst unemployment rate in the nation, not repealing the BLM methane rule would be detrimental to our children's welfare.

' An ax, not a scalpel, is needed on BLM's venting and flaring rule.'Opinion by Cristina Arnold, NMBC Regional Vice President. publised by the Albuquerque Journal.


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