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Albuquerque – Power The Future Western States Director Larry Behrens released the following statement in response to the proposed merger of PNM and Avangrid:
"New Mexico's largest electric utility will now be a part of an eco-left corporation, with political ties to the Governor, that brags it will put New Mexicans out of work.
New Mexico's families will no doubt be 'thrilled' to know our electric bills will now be determined by an eco-company based thousands of miles away that doesn't seem to care about our energy workers."
By: Carol Wight, CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant Association
So much has changed for all of us in the last six months. It is time to take a look at the raw numbers of the restaurant industry.
To be sure, restaurants are taking the virus seriously. They are cleaning, sanitizing, social distancing, following the CSP’s, and wearing masks. The safety of restaurant employees and customers has been and always will be our top priority in restaurants.
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Grant County Clerk and staff are to be commended for their COVID-19 practices during early voting. Voting at the County Administrative Building was very efficient, and included COVID-19 innovation I'd not yet experienced. In addition to the usual masks and 6-foot spacing in line outdoors on the walkway, sanitation was clearly a top priority. Entry was controlled at the County Clerk's Office door so check-in maintained spacing. At the check-in counter, voters sign the electronic signature pad with a fresh wooden coffee stick which is then deposited in a small countertop wastebasket. I was handed a clean felt pen with my ballot. Someone sanitized the check-in counter just after I vacated it. There were empty booths despite the line behind me; I had a choice. When I left the voting booth to deposit my ballot, my booth was sanitized. I dropped my felt pen in a box by the door on my way out, fed my ballot into the machine, and happily accepted my "I voted early" sticker.
By Paul J. Gessing
Recently, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made headlines with his announcement that by 2035 his State will ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles. That is an ambitious goal, but given the time line, it is hard to say what compliance will look like.
But for another, arguably even more ambitious car mileage proposal, one need look no further than New Mexico. Last September New Mexico Gov. Lujan Grisham announced that by just model year 2022 New Mexico would be increasing its fuel economy requirement for new cars to 52 MPG. The current average fuel economy rate is 25.1 MPG according to the EPA.
Paul GessingSeptember 29, 2020
“Way” back in 2019 when the New Mexico and national economies were booming and COVID 19 wasn’t even on the radar, Democrats in the Legislature and Gov. Lujan Grisham passed legislation (SB 437) to increase New Mexico’s minimum wage. In March of 2019 the unemployment rate was just 5.0%.
Albuquerque – With New Mexico's unemployment rate currently at 11.3%, the 6th highest in the nation, three non-profit groups are calling on Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to forgo her own paycheck until the state's unemployment ranking improves. The New Mexico Business Coalition, the Rio Grande Foundation and Power The Future believe Governor Lujan Grisham's lockdown is destroying New Mexico's economy and she should place herself in the same position as over 100,000 of her constituents who are without a paycheck. The organizations are calling on the Governor to give up her taxpayer-funded paycheck until New Mexico is no longer ranked among the top ten states for unemployment.
By Paul J. Gessing
According to the latest unemployment figures (for August), New Mexico's unemployment rate is 11.3 percent. Only 5 states, all of them locked down "blue" states have worse rates. And, there is a distinct pattern in which only such states have unemployment rates in the double-digits.
Interestingly, the performance of those states when it comes to deaths from COVID 19 (the cause of the lockdowns) is statistically all over the place. Notably, New Mexico is right in the middle nationwide when it comes to saving its citizens from the worst impacts of the Virus. Some of the worst-economic performing states (New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts) have also been pummeled by the Virus that has affected all of us. Hawaii and California, on the other hand, have been locked down and face major unemployment issues, but have performed relatively well insofar as the Virus is concerned.
Albuquerque – A recent study outlined how Vice President Joe Biden's energy plan would be devastating for New Mexico, yet it's difficult to see where some of New Mexico's leaders stand. When it comes to an industry that employs over 100,000 of our neighbors and contributes billions of dollars to our state, New Mexicans deserve answers.
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