Shut Downs, Raising Taxes and Time to Vote

Congratulations to New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) Supporters:

Tom and Jerean Hutchinson, La Posta Restaurant, New Mexico Restaurant Association’s “Restaurateur of the Year”! They hosted the NMBC southern NM BASH and provided great food and venue.

Gary Padilla, Albuquerque’s Houston Wholesale Auto Sales, won the NMBC Seven Day Vacation raffle drawing held at the Heroes Luncheon on Thursday, 9-26-13. Thank you to all who bought tickets and supported this fundraiser – we’re already planning next year’s Seven Day Vacation raffle, so don’t give up – you could be the next winner.

Las Cruces City Council Election is Coming: The next municipal election in Las Cruces is coming soon and City Councilors in Districts 3, 5 and 6 will stand before voters to keep their jobs. The NMBC reminds voters of the recent tax increase passed by these elected officials during a time of economic distress. If raising taxes was not in your best interest, we hope you will keep that in mind when you go to the polls and vote for your next city councilor.

Time to vote NOW – Albuquerque: Early voting is underway until Friday, 10/4. Remember that the early voting locations are not open on the weekends and will be closed for the holiday on Monday, October 8. Voting in this election is critical – please don’t miss the opportunity.

Mayor and City Council races – Setting the Record Straight:

Right to Work: Mayor Berry is the ONLY candidate who supports true equality for worker rights. This is not anti-union, it simply provides the right to work without paying union dues. Freedom of choice to support unions should be every worker’s choice.

Minimum Wage: Councilor Janice Arnold-Jones wasn’t even on the council when ABQ city voters increased the minimum wage. Enforcement isn’t her job and bogus attack ads on this issue (and others) with no basis for fact show the true character of her opponents. The fact is, Mayor Berry is working through appropriate channels for enforcement of the minimum wage city ordinance that was passed.

Union time: Mayor Berry, Janice Arnold-Jones, and District 3 candidate Tania Silvia have this one right: Let the unions pay workers for time spent on union duties – not taxpayers.

Police Oversight: Dan Lewis sponsored and passed a bill that authorized and funded changes to the Police Oversight Commission.

Right to Life – Right to Choose: This issue is not in Mayor Berry’s or City Councilor’s control to determine the outcome. City Councilors Janice Arnold-Jones and Dan Lewis voted to have the late term abortion ordinance question go to the voters. How they will personally vote, shouldn’t become campaign fodder – and yet it has for some unscrupulous campaign attacks.

Wouldn’t it be better to focus campaign attention on how a councilor proposes to make ABQ a business-friendly city? We think so.

Speaking of Business Friendly: Councilors Dan Lewis, Janice Arnold-Jones, and candidate Tania Silva own or have owned a business. They are proven to favor the private sector as the driver of a healthy economy and pro-business public policy.

Contact the New Mexico Business Coalition at (505) 836-4223 or for more information on how you can join the NMBC.