Aug 4th, 2014

A change in balance can lead to job loss in the area

By Bill Allen Chamber President/CEO Balance – business works in Las Cruces because there is a nice balance. There is a balance between big busi­nesses and small businesses. There is New Mexico State University, which just announced it is moving forward with a new medical school, and a number of locally owned businesses that have been here for a long time, some for multiple gen­erations. There is White Sands Missile Range – that big unknown on the other side of the mountain. There is tourism, which should be on the rise ... Continue Reading

Aug 14th, 2014

Issue is impacting the entire country


By Sean P. Redmond

U.S. Chamber of Commerece Labor unions and their worker center allies have garnered a fair amount of at­tention in recent months, with made-for­media protests against large retailers and fast food companies in a quest for inflated wages and benefits.

In addition to harassing employers, or­ganized labor also has set about pressuring various local governments run by sympa­thetic politicians to impose artificially high minimum wage rates. In June, Seattle ac­quiesced to these demands and became the first major city to implement a $15 an hour minimum wage.

The tale of Seattle’s whopping 60 percent minimum ... 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 2nd, 2014 By: E. Troy Tudor

Many of you have noticed that the Chamber has been heavily involved in the minimum wage increase discussion that has been going on here in Las Cruces. The direction of the discussion has tended toward the emotional side while neglecting those who would have this wage increase mandated upon them-  you the local business community. There seems to be a consensus that our local business community has plenty of extra cash and they just need to be willing to share it.  

Another ploy used by those in support of a minimum wage increase is to dismiss the concerns of the ... Continue Reading