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

By Carla J. Sonntag
President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

As American business continues to move into an ever-evolving 21st century economic landscape, the role of local and grassroots movements has emerged as a principal factor in local economies. As American citizens and stewards of our country’s future, we are all obliged to educate ourselves on current civil, economic, and legislative issues, and to help carry forward our ideals to ensure a better tomorrow for our children. This has always been the American way, and it has helped make us the greatest country on Earth.

At the New Mexico Business Coalition, we focus specifically on advocating for pro-business legislation and educating elected officials, whether local or national. As a grassroots, non-profit, non-partisan organization, we pride ourselves on viewing issues clearly and without bias. To this end, the recent surge of natural gas in transportation, heating, and electricity has won our attention, and we consider advocating on natural gas’s behalf a top priority.

New Mexico (May 22, 2018) — The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) made a sizeable contribution to the fund set up for defense of county Right to Work ordinances thanks to the generosity of some enthusiastic business owners. The $20,000 contribution is the first of many to help assure that counties can focus on what could be the single best action a county can take to diversify its economy, attract new business, and create jobs.

“I’ve been supporting the passage of Right to Work (RTW) legislation at the state level for 20 years,” said Carla Sonntag, President and Founder of the New Mexico Business Coalition. “With over 60 percent approval rating from New Mexico registered voters, it was time for a different path forward to make RTW a long awaited reality in New Mexico.”

 By Carla J. Sonntag, President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

New Mexico’s vibrant energy sector, which helped lead the state’s economic recovery, is facing a new threat.

Despite being a critical source of jobs and providing millions of dollars of revenue for the state’s schools, the energy industry is being challenged, not only through regulation, but through little-known lawsuits funded by deep-pocketed special interest groups aimed at ending the industry altogether.

One group in particular is seeking to initiate a federal case and proceedings in all 50 states, filing lawsuits in eight of them, including Oregon, Colorado and right here in New Mexico.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Document Type: Rulemaking
Title: Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units
Document ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0355-0002

Comment:
New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) supports the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed repeal of carbon emissions guidelines for electric utility generating units, commonly referred to as the Clean Power Plan (CPP). This regulation is unlawful, unnecessarily costly, and a bad deal for America. It would drive up electricity costs for businesses, consumers and families, impose tens of billions in annual compliance costs, and reduce our nation's global competitiveness—without any significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions.