Voter Info, Ozone Rules & Common Core

  • Post published:October 5, 2015
  • Post category:Issues

Information on Polling Locations are HERE and read more here from the Albuquerque Journal on Brad Winter, Hess Yntema and the proposed tax increase HERE.

Las Cruces needs a City Council that will represent the best interests of the community: For some politicians, millions of dollars in “surplus tax revenue” creates just one problem – how to spend it. The Las Cruces City Council has taken so much of your money through increased gross receipts taxes that they have more money than they immediately know where to spend, leaving you with less than you’d like to have. Read more from an Op-Ed by NMBC President Carla Sonntag, published in the Las Cruces Sun on 10-4-15 here.

The EPA never seems to stop with new rules and policies that hurt economic prosperity and jobs: The new Ozone Emission Standards set last week puts ozone emissions at a limit of 70 parts per billion or less in the atmosphere, down from the existing standard of 75. Read more here.

The business community led by NMBC, has not been silent about the potential harm to the economy and job loss that will be caused by stricter emission standards. Read a press release from NMBC President and Founder, Carla J. Sonntag, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Neenah Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO and NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Tom Riordan HERE:

New Ozone Rule Will Inflict Pain on Manufacturers

Jobs Could be Lost Across New Mexico

Washington, D.C., and Albuquerque, NM, October 1, 2015

Today, the President and Founder of the New Mexico Business Coalition, Carla J. Sonntag, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons and Neenah Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO and NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Tom Riordan, who represent manufacturers and business across the United States and New Mexico issued the following statements on the Environmental Protection Agency’s new ozone regulation:

NMBC President Carla Sonntag said, “New Mexico manufacturers and others are producing valuable jobs for our state. The new ozone requirement could be detrimental to businesses required to navigate the tide of increasing government regulations at the expense of job creation opportunities. New Mexicans are satisfied with air quality and are against more government regulations that hurt businesses. They are far more concerned with job creation and feeding their families.” See the New Mexico poll here on our website.

“Today, the Obama Administration finalized a rule that is overly burdensome, costly and misguided,” said NAM CEO Jay Timmons. “For months, the Administration threatened to impose on manufacturers an even harsher rule, with even more devastating consequences. After an unprecedented level of outreach by manufacturers and other stakeholders, the worst-case scenario was avoided. However, make no mistake: The new ozone standard will inflict pain on companies that build things in America—and destroy job opportunities for American workers. Now it’s time for Congress to step up and take a stand for working families.”

“We know that this regulation could have been worse, but it still feels like a punch in the gut,” said Riordan. “Manufacturers are tough and resilient, but when Washington puts politics above job creation, we still pay a price. Now manufacturers across this country, especially smaller companies, will be forced to choose between navigating this rule and hiring new workers, between complying with Washington’s mandates and giving raises for their employees.”

Curious about all the controversy surrounding the educational method referred to as “Common Core”? Attend an informative conference on November 7 to hear from professionals and learn more about it. More info HERE and HERE or RSVP HERE.

The New Mexico Business Coalition works to improve the business environment of the state – contact us today on how you can join us and help support our efforts at nmbiz@nmbizcoalition.org!