New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) values your opinion to help guide our work to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.   Please take a few minutes to fill out this short survey and you could win $25*.   

The feedback you provide will be used to help NMBC establish priorities. Those priorities will be relayed to all NM Legislators before the 2018 30-day legislative session.  Your responses to this survey will be anonymous; you do not have to provide your name to participate.   
* To participate in a drawing to win $25, you must be a NM resident, complete the survey and question #23.

* 1. Please confirm New Mexico residency and email address.

* 2. What do you believe should be the top New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) priority for the 2018 legislative session?

* 3. To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: “New Mexico is overly reliant on government spending that contributes to higher deficits.”

* 4. From your experience as an employer or employee, how have increased government-mandated wages (minimum wage increases) affected you?

* 5. If you have employees and are forced to raise wages by state law, at what hourly wage rate will you consider relocating your business or adding automation to reduce human resources?

* 6. Do you support or oppose a state preemption law that would prohibit local governments from passing local ordinances such as minimum wage, mandated time off, etc.? 

* 7. New Mexico has increased educational funding over the past 10 years, but our educational results continue to lag the rest of the country.  Each year there is legislation proposed to increase withdrawals from the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund with proceeds designated for Early Childhood Education (ECE).   Do you support or oppose increasing disbursements from New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund for ECE?

* 8. What do you think about the following statement:  Local Economic Development Act, Job Training Incentive Programs and other state-funded incentives that use tax dollars to entice companies to open or expand operations in New Mexico are beneficial? 

* 9. Recently the federal government began reviewing and (in some cases) reducing regulations and restrictions by environmental and land management agencies on businesses. Should New Mexico elected officials review New Mexico’s land use regulations to assess whether they are overly burdensome on businesses and the extent to which they inhibit economic development?

* 10. Regarding crime legislation, what do you believe should be the top priority during the 2018 legislative session? 

* 11. New Mexico continually lags most other states in regards to education even though spending per student is above average as compared to other states.  What do you believe should be done to better educate our children and prepare our future work force? 

* 12. The federal government owns more land in New Mexico than it does in many other states. If federal land is returned to New Mexico control there would be added costs to manage it, and there would be potential for increasing revenue to the state from use of the land. Where do you believe control of New Mexico’s public lands should reside?

* 13. Some special interest groups use the environment as a basis to oppose the oil and gas, coal and other extractive industries.  Do you think that New Mexico’s public lands are effectively managed to generate state revenue while protecting the environment?

* 14. Do you support or oppose legalizing recreational use of marijuana in New Mexico?

* 15. Article V of the U.S. Constitution provides that the states may call a convention for the purpose of amending the Constitution in order to restrict the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. Do you think New Mexico should exercise our U.S. Constitutional rights outlined in Article V, along with other states, to limit the role of the federal government?

* 16. New Mexico’s Medicaid expansion has resulted in nearly half the state’s residents being covered by taxpayer funded Medicaid.  What are your thoughts on expanding Medicare and/or Medicaid at the federal and/or state level?

* 17. Should New Mexico add work requirements for those who are able to work and who are currently receiving government assistance?

* 18. New Mexico currently has a Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) that requires regulated electric utility companies operating in NM to generate at least 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources (wind, solar, biomass, …etc) by 2020. Some public officials want to increase the RPS mandate for renewable electricity generation to as much as 100 percent without consideration to backup generation when those sources aren’t producing.

Do you support increasing the NM Renewable Portfolio Standard above the current mandate of 20 percent by 2020?

* 19. If you answered 'Yes' to question 18 and think the RPS should be increased to greater than 20 percent for renewable sources, to what percentage do you think it should be increased?

* 20. How important are utility rates to you?

* 21. Legislation has been proposed that will impose a tax on gasoline that is specifically to fund state road projects.  Do you support or oppose a designated tax increase, a so-called ‘gas tax’ for this purpose? 

* 22. New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) is dedicated to making New Mexico a better place to live and run a business.  What can NMBC do better to move our state in the right direction?

* 23. One (or more) NM residents who complete the survey and provide all of the contact information below will be selected to win $25.

 
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