Last Call for Hero Nominations, NMBC Member Highlight & Sick Leave Ord. Update

  • Post published:September 12, 2016
  • Post category:Issues

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) has grown over the past five years into a formidable, outspoken advocate for pro-business public policy, elected officials and candidates who agree New Mexico needs to be business friendly. The work and success NMBC equates to a brighter future for New Mexico businesses and the opportunity for all New Mexicans of a better economy through private sector job growth. NMBC is proud to profile some of the great businesses who support NMBC and provide the jobs, products and services that improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.

New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) Business Member Highlight – Gerard Richards, Allstate Insurance Company NM Field Sales Leader: Gerard Richards is has been the New Mexico Field Sales Leader for Allstate Insurance for the past 4 years. Why is that good for New Mexico? The Allstate Corporation is the largest publicly held personal lines property and casualty insurer in America, serving more than 16 million households nationwide. Founded in 1931, Allstate has been dedicated to protecting their customers from life’s uncertainties and preparing them for the future for more than 85 years.

Gerard Richards has more good news – JOBS for New Mexicans! Gerard is seeking entrepreneurial spirited individuals to become the ‘Good Hands’ in New Mexico communities. Do you know someone who is looking to become their own boss and control their own destiny? Allstate is dedicated to growing its presence in the state of New Mexico and needs your help to add great small business owners and motivated staff people to work within these agencies. Do you know somebody who might be a great fit? Gerard says, “If you refer someone who becomes an Allstate agent, you will earn a $6,000 referral bonus!”

If you know someone who wants to own their own business helping customers better protect what they have today and prepare for a brighter tomorrow, Gerard Richards says, “Call me at (480) 235-5814, and you could earn a $6,000 referral bonus!”

City of Albuquerque Ballot Initiative on Mandatory Sick Leave Update: There was a great response from NMBC members and pro-business community advocates who attended the Bernalillo County Commission meeting last Thursday. An NMBC spokesperson, our members and many others from the community who are business owners spoke against putting the Albuquerque ballot initiative concerning mandatory sick leave on the November 8 ballot.

The good news is a majority of the County Commission listened and voted against putting the issue on the November ballot. The bad news is advocates for the mandatory sick leave ordinance immediately went to court and obtained a temporary restraining order, barring the Bernalillo County Clerk from preparing the November 8 ballot without at least a summary of the sick leave ordinance on the ballot. A hearing on this matter was held yesterday and NMBC, along with our members was in there (in the courtroom) until 7 pm last night. After three hours of attorneys from both sides presenting background, established law, contested and uncontested matters of fact about why the Albuquerque Mandatory Sick Leave Ordinance should, or should not be placed on the November 8 ballot, and if so whether it should be the full text or a summary of the ordinance, the judge asked for final arguments before he made his decision.

Final arguments were made, the judge took at short break and then came back with two decisions: 1) The Sick Leave Ordinance will not be placed on the November 8 ballot; and 2) The Sick Leave Ordinance must be placed on the 2017 City of Albuquerque municipal election in it’s entirity, as it was originally submitted as a ballot initiatiave. NMBC is glad to have part of a coalition of pro-business advocates who came together against this ordinance. We will be involved in educating voters about the number of jobs that will be lost if this ordinance does pass and efforts to change the process that allows anti-business groups to use a ‘petition drive’ to further their agenda.

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