Mar 10th, 2014

Minimum wage hike’s inconvenient truth

Report confirms raising it could cost jobs

There has been a lot of discussion re­cently at all levels – federally, statewide and locally – about the minimum wage. Questions that arise due to this discus­sion include: Should it be raised? If so, by how much? What is it intended purpose? What impacts will we experience if it is raised? A new report was released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) in February indicates increasing the minimum wage would have two principal effects on low-wage workers. Most of them would receive higher pay that would increase their ... Continue Reading

Apr 7th, 2014

Chamber visits Washington, D.C. WSMR one agenda item

Members of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce made an annual trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Despite losing almost an entire day to a late-winter snow storm, members were able to meet with seven high-level Pentagon officials, members of seven different federal delega­tions, one organization with military ties to the region and one company interested in lo­cating to Las Cruces, as well as attended three briefings at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The group that represented Las Cruces consisted of board members Russell Allen of Allen Theatres, Savonne Griffin of FirstLight Federal Credit ... Continue Reading

Apr 8th, 2014

Why do we go into business?

It seems everyone has his or her own reason or story. Sometimes it’s simply for profit. Sometimes it’s a matter of necessity – to create a source of income when all other options are exhausted. For some, it is a lifestyle choice – to be able to set your own hours and to know that the work you put in is for you and your family. Others may be driven by wanting to do something they are good at or just love to do. Still others want to feel like they have a purpose and ... Continue Reading

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 10th, 2014

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Business travel, special events or just a vacation to a location away from home re­quire a place to stay. You might not always have the luck of having housing by someone you know at all your destinations. So who can you always turn for a reliable room? Hotels. Whether you are looking for a luxury stay or a modern feel, there is a hotel for you. In Las Cruces, the newest hotel in the area, Holiday Inn Express, has been around since November 2011. ... Continue Reading