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The New Mexico Business Coalition will publish items of interest to business owners in this column.

New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) partnered with former Congressional Candidate Brett Kokinadis on a new initiative called "Dare to Change New Mexico." For 92 years, elected leaders have failed to produce the quality of life New Mexicans deserve. The results speak for themselves: 46th in median household income, 49th in education, 48th in best states for business, 2nd in poverty, 50th in child wellbeing, 1st in alcohol related deaths and the highest suicide rate in the nation.

NMBC President and Founder Carla Sonntag said, "It's time to consider a new path forward. The only way for our citizens and businesses to prosper is through electing a legislature that is balanced and responsive to the needs of New Mexicans."

NMBC kept track of incumbents voting record on legislation and we reached out to every candidate for House and Senate with our Legislative Priorities Survey to find out where they stand on important issues.

Incumbents and candidates were issued a grade from A to F:

A = Pro-Market/Job Creator

F = Anti-business/Government Growth.

Included below are the NMBC House and Senate scorecard results for candidates and incumbents.

Unemployment claims skyrocketed last week, nationally and in New Mexico: The weekly initial unemployment claims for the past week suggests that the U.S. economy came to a screeching halt, with millions of Americans losing their jobs and with the unemployment rate likely already 10% right now, and rising. New Mexico is following that model too with More than 28,000 New Mexico residents applying for unemployment benefits last week, over 50% more than the amount filed the previous week.  NMBC is glad employees have options for unemployment benefits during this crisis and we are working hard to ensure employers are not penalized with increased unemployment insurance taxes too.

Help for employers; payroll and other financial assistance is available:  For anyone who would like to apply for the federal Paycheck Protection Program or the COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan, you might consider registering for one of these webinars put on by the New Mexico Small Business Development Center.  Time is of the essence in applying for these assistance programs because the money available is being dispersed on a 'first come, first served' basis.

The first link is to an article from Albuquerque Journal and second link is a guide to the CARES act.



covid relief nmbc calls out gov

New Mexico (March 17, 2020) — New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) today announced that it is calling on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham for assurance that the recent Public Health Emergency Declaration will not only protect the public and workers, but also employers. The governor’s emergency order is being used to waive medical care costs to the public and waive existing rules for employees to receive COVID-19 related unemployment benefits. To protect businesses during this health crisis, the rules which increase unemployment taxes employers pay based on the number of workers who file claims and the balance of the state's reserve fund should also be waived.

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