Are taxpayer funded job incentives a good investment?

People often ask if NMBC supports Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP). Quite honestly, JTIP has rarely been a good thing for New Mexico. While NMBC can support the concept of what was designed to provide on-the-job and classroom training that reimburses for 50 to 75 percent of wages for newly created jobs, it seems we just have not found an effective way to manage it. New Mexico is really good at giving away taxpayer dollars, but we often get nothing for it.

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Call to Action – Stop the ABQ GRT increase

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.

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Proposed GRT Tax Increase

Did you hear about the proposed City of Albuquerque tax increase? It's true, ABQ City Councilors Trudy Jones and Ken Sanchez have proposed a $55 million dollar (estimated per year)…

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Just Breathe …. and Vote!

Special Session starts tomorrow: There’s been a lot finger-pointing, name-calling, and postcard mailers with bad information over the past two months. Now, it’s time to take a breath, pray for a short and successful session, and move on to productive business!

We should be New Mexicans first with the desire to move our state from its dismal statistics to the greatness we all know is achievable. We won’t get there with animosity and blaming. Take the time – right now – to send an encouraging note to your senator and representative and tell them you would like to see a short special session that ends with a budget that works for all New Mexicans.

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Local Elections with Statewide Implications

Sugar Tax Vote in Santa Fe – is Your Community Next?

It’s Election Day for some parts of the state from Santa Fe to Las Cruces and Voter turnout is expected to be high: The much debated Santa Fe ‘Sugar Tax’ will be decided today and early voting has brought out a record number of voters. For those voting today, NMBC encourages voters to notice these red flags: 1) The tax is regressive, that is, it would disproportionally hurt low income working families; and 2) Out of state billionaires and special interest groups have put hundreds of thousands of dollars into trying to influence voters to approve this tax. More reasons for Santa Fe voters to reject the sugar tax can be found HERE. A sample ballot and voting locations can be found HERE.

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BASH SOLD OUT – BernCo out of control!

Farmington Energy BASH with Secretary Ken McQueen, today, 3/30/17, 5-7 pm, is sold out! If you are registered, we look forward to seeing you tonight. If you didn't get into this event, you can catch a similar event, "Engaging the Community in Energy" with Secretary McQueen for the Rio Grande corridor. It will be held May 11, 2017, 4:30 - 6:30 pm, in Albuquerque. Location TBD.

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High ENERGY in Farmington & Higher GRT in BERNCO

Last chance to register for the Farmington Energy BASH (Business and Social Hour), featuring Ken McQueen, Cabinet Secretary, Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources. Seating is limited; 5 seats left. ONLY pre-registered guests will be admitted. Register here.

High interest for the ENERGY BASH by The Farmington Daily Times, read the article here.

Legislative wrap up by NMBC President, Carla Sonntag. Carla will give a summary at the Energy BASH of the good, the bad and the ugly including bills that would impact taxes and energy production in New Mexico. Read more here.

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Blank Checks — Low Expectations – No Accountability

Protecting our Children’s Future: Why does the NMBC fight to maintain our permanent funds? Because we care about our children’s education and the opportunities for their future! The NMBC opposes the efforts of some state legislators to pass constitutional amendments (CA’s) that would raid New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund. Read more in the Op-Ed titled ‘Special-Interest Groups Loving NM Permanent Fund to Death,’ written by NMBC President Carla Sonntag.

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NMBC BillTracker Rocks!

Legislative Heroes and Zeroes Update: Currently, over 1,100 pieces of legislation (901 Bills, 196 Memorials, 35 Resolutions) are making their way through the House and Senate. At the midpoint of the session, there are way too many ‘revenue enhancement/tax increase’ and government growth bills that do ZERO good for New Mexico on the table.

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NMBC Survey Says – Let’s get to work!

The 2017 Legislative Session got underway last week and it’s shaping up to be a busy one. Click here to check out the bills that have already been filed – over 370 and counting!

Just prior to the session, NMBC initiated a survey to gain insight on what issues are most important to New Mexicans. We used the responses to shape our 2017 NMBC Priorities and are making sure that all the lawmakers in Santa Fe are taking note of what you had to say.

We read every comment and very much appreciate the feedback!

Here’s a glimpse of what NMBC survey responders had to say on the potential of government-mandated minimum wage increases in the range of $10 - $15 per hour:

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