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Why Ever, but Especially Why Now? Concerned About NM Businesses

As we enter into the midpoint of the legislative session, I need to raise some concerns with you.

New Mexico businesses have had to endure – and in several quarters, continue to endure – tremendous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is especially true for small businesses. A recent report indicates that New Mexico is the 9th most dependent state in the U.S. on small businesses for employment. We've lost too many of these job creators forever, and the future for others remains uncertain. The ground on which small businesses stand is shaky, and the thread by which many of them are hanging is thin and fraying.

This is reality… which brings me to the situation unfolding in Santa Fe right now.

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It's Time to Take a Stand, Rural New Mexico

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Legislative Update

 

Health Care in Rural New Mexico

Many rural communities already lack adequate access to many health care services. Unfortunately, New Mexico Legislators have introduced a handful of bills that will make it even worse. We need your help! Contact your legislators about the bills below and let them know these bills take New Mexico in the wrong direction!

House Bill 122 (Health Insurance Premium Tax)  

Despite the cost of health insurance remaining as one of the most severe problems for small-business owners, House Bill 122 increases the surtax on health insurance by 275 percent. This tax will devastate small businesses by imposing a new $160 million tax on health care coverage purchased by New Mexico small-business owners, their employees, and families. An increased tax could put health care out of reach for many when they need it most. The bill is waiting to be heard on the House Floor. 
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Governor Shutters Socorro County Restaurants Days before Valentine's Day Weekend

Senator Joshua Sanchez, Representative Gail Armstrong Respond

SANTA FE – On Wednesday, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health updated their statewide COVID-19 "Red to Green" map. The Governor and health officials were quick to highlight that several counties moved from red to yellow. They said little, however, about the fact that at least one county – Socorro County – was downgraded from yellow to red just days before Valentine's Day.

"While the Governor dines at the White House in Washington, D.C. today, Socorro County residents and restaurants are facing another shutdown," said Senator Joshua Sanchez (District 30-Cibola, Socorro, McKinley, and Valencia). "How does the Governor expect these businesses to survive with such uncertainty from week to week? It is time to rethink the 'Red to Green Framework' and take the necessary steps to reopen our state."

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Destroying US Economy won't stop global warming

By Paul J. Gessing

In New Mexico and the United States as a whole, recent months have seen unprecedented attacks on the traditional energy sector from policymakers in Santa Fe and Washington. The potential harm of President Biden's ban on oil and gas production on federal lands has been well-documented.

Our State, New Mexico, will be disproportionately impacted by such a ban, particularly if it lasts for many months or years. We are the 3rd-largest oil producing state in the nation and about half of that production (more than any other state) comes from federal lands.

Unfortunately, the Biden Administration's anti-energy animus doesn't stop there. Policies across the board are being pushed on the assumption that if the United States acts, we can address global climate change. In Washington that means everything from pulling the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline to shifting the federal government's fleet of vehicles away from gasoline and towards electric vehicles.

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 Is Governor Lujan Gisham paying attention?

The Governors of Texas and Oklahoma have stepped up to protect their state’s energy jobs after President Biden issued an executive order to eliminate fracking on federal land

Yet Michelle Lujan Grisham is refusing to lift one finger to protect the 65K New Mexico jobs and $1.1 billion in revenue for the state school system reliant on energy production on government land.

New Mexico needs Lujan Grisham to stand up for students and workers.

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Senate Republican Leaders Release Statement to New Mexico Law Enforcement Officers

[Editor's Note: The link is to a YouTube video, which you will find at the bottom of this article.] 

SANTA FE – In response to recent remarks by New Mexico State Police Association President, Sgt. Jose Carrasco, Senate Republican leaders today released the following statement:

"We stand by our law enforcement officers."

Republican Leader, Senator Greg Baca (District 29-Bernalillo and Valencia)
Republican Whip, Senator Craig Brandt (District 40-Sandoval)
Republican Caucus Chair, Senator Mark Moores (District 21-Bernalillo)

2021 COVID-19 Forward

By Senator Pete Campos

As a global community, we have been living with the effects of the COVID-19 virus for more than a year. Over two million deaths have been attributed to the virus worldwide. There have been 425,000 deaths in the United States alone, with nearly 3,200 of those deaths in New Mexico. Along with this catastrophic loss of life, we have experienced challenges in providing medical care to the patients who have fallen ill due to complications of the virus and obstacles to providing social services to those who need them the most. Finally, we have dealt with lifestyle changes that have diminished our quality of life.

On the brighter side of a challenging year, we have witnessed great breakthroughs in science and research. Empirical results have shown that wearing a mask, safe distancing and washing hands regularly can greatly reduce the quick spread of the virus. Furthermore, research has led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. The current challenge is to mass produce those vaccines and get them to the public as quickly as possible. The health and safety of the public is of paramount importance, but there are other challenges that need our attention if we are to return to any semblance of normal life.

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Biden's climate executive orders devastated these US workers in a day

"On the morning of Jan. 20, every room of the two-story Stroppel Hotel in Midland, SD, was filled with men and women who work on the Keystone XL pipeline. Most of these union laborers, welders and pipefitters started their day over a cup of coffee in the hotel's common room before heading out to their jobs.

By 4 p.m., the entire place was cleared out, leaving the historic hotel silent for the first time since owners Laurie and Wally Cox took it over six months ago.

'Our whole world turned upside down with the stroke of a pen,' Laurie said.

Read the full op-ed here: https://nypost.com/2021/01/30/bidens-climate-executive-orders-devastated-these-us-workers/

Thanks to Power the Future for pointing this out.

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