In the case of a Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) contractor who did not meet expectations last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) levied stiff penalties against the contractor for what it claims to be inadequate operations. Rather than paying the potential $8.2 million allowed by the contract, the DOE paid only $561,266.
This is a good example of how government can and should be prudent with tax dollars. Read more HERE.
Proceed with Caution When it Comes to Online-Voting: New Mexico is moving towards technology based tools that encourage more citizens to exercise their right to vote. In fact, SB 643 that allows online voter registration was passed during the last session and signed by Governor Martinez. Expanding voter registration may be helpful, but with the reality of cyber hacking and internet threats we must proceed with caution. Read more HERE.
NM employment gains: Seven private employment sectors registered year-over-year job growth. The NMBC is a strong advocate for free enterprise as the driver of a healthy economy and is glad to see the steady growth in New Mexico’s private-sector. Read more HERE.
Federal lands for Sale? The U.S. Senate last month narrowly approved a budget amendment sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, which could set the stage for future legislation to sell or transfer federal land to state or local governments. Read more HERE.
Southwest Business Summit to be held May 19: The SW Business Summit held in Albuquerque on May 18-19 will feature keynote speaker Lt. Gov John Sanchez and many other guest panelists, including NMBC President Carla Sonntag. Do not miss this great event!
Contact the NMBC with questions or comments at (505) 836-4223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.