Mar 16th, 2015

We are two months into 2015 and two months into the first phase of a new minimum wage in the city of Las Cruces. So, what is the impact so far? According to Mayor Ken Miyagishima at a recent City Council work session, all must be OK because he hasn’t heard from the business community. Really? I have been accumulating various bits of information to share with the council before it decides on the next phase of increases. I have examples of changes in store hours, price increases and changes in workforce hours – all attributable to the increase in ... Continue Reading

Mar 30th, 2015

We have been talking about the need to diversify our economy to become less dependent on federal dollars. An article in the Albuquerque Journal substantiates the fact via a report from that lists New Mexico as No. 1 among states that rely on federal spending. An increase in private sector businesses not only means less reliance on federal dollars, but opens up opportunities for higher wage jobs.   

For the entire article, please click here.

Apr 13th, 2015

Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce members who attended the Legislative Update Luncheon in November 2014 were warned about the possibility of “Washington, D.C.-like gridlock” by state Sen. Joseph Cervantes, and that is exactly what happened. It is unfortunate that so little came out of the session to help propel New Mexico forward.

Highlights from the 60-day session, which ended Saturday, March 21, include:

• FY16 budget being passed

• All proposals to increase taxes failed

• LEDA funding was increased

• Teacher’s merit pay passed

• Secretary Hanna Skandera confirmed

• Economic development electric rates were passed on to the governor Low points include:

- Capital outlay ... Continue Reading

May 11th, 2015

Annual trip opens lines of communication in the Capitol

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce’s annual visit to our nation’s Capitol was a success. Here’s a brief recap of our visits: The team discussed small business policy, homeland security and immigration with subject matter experts at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This group does a fly-in program that allows member visitors to select relevant topics on which to be briefed. As far as the Department of Defense goes, the majority of the meetings took place at the Pentagon. The history chronicled on the walls of the building is tremendous. Just walking ... Continue Reading

May 26th, 2015

It was a pleasure to represent the interest of our community and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce in our nation’s capital last month. This was my second year joining the Chamber team and meeting with our federal delegation in Washington, D.C., on many key issues that impact our community well-being and future. Additionally, we continued our work to preserve and expand the capabilities and mission of White Sands Missile Range, which is vital to our local economy. It was sad to see our elected officials once again make a decision that negatively impacts business growth in our community. Not passing ... Continue Reading