Apr 9th, 2014

Every year for the last eight years, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has gone to Washington, D.C., to advocate for our region. Two things about this trip have probably not be adequately communicated: The importance of why we visit Washington every year and that members who participate spend their own money and take their valuable time to be part of the group that travels across the country. In the lead story for this edition of the Bottom Line, we discuss Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) as part of our recent visit to Washington. It appears that as part of ... Continue Reading

Apr 13th, 2014

Consider this a good news/bad news scenario. Good news … a new minimum wage rate goes into effect! Bad news … your employer’s business is forced to close because it can’t afford to pay you. Sound extreme? It’s not. The topic of an unreasonable increase in the minimum wage has been dropped like a bomb on the citizens of Las Cruces.

Whether a business or non-for-profit organization is a member of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce or not, no one we’ve spoken to is opposed to a fair and reasonable minimum wage rate. Unfortunately, no matter how many times and ... Continue Reading

May 8th, 2014

We are bombarded by so much information these days, it’s difficult to determine if our decisions are fact based or made as a result of information we get in sound bites. I really like my smartphone – most of the time. I get so distracted by beeps and pings, at times I don’t give a piece of information the time it deserves. I wonder if we all don’t fall into that pattern. For example, do you favor protecting the Organ Mountains? I trust the majority of responses would be “yes.” I recently toured the Potrillo Mountains, bombing range and New Mexico-Mexico ... Continue Reading