ACI’s policy agenda is the product of year-round input by our member businesses, working through focused policy committees.
Our policy committees are open to all employees at all member businesses. As a result of this process:
- ACI’s policy agenda is shaped directly by those it affects, and those who know the relevant issues and industries best.
- ACI’s policy agenda comes straight from our member businesses. Never from staff, political parties, or closed-door meetings.
- ACI’s policy agenda always reflects the most current needs of New Mexico’s business community and the constantly changing political landscape.
2016 INTERIM POLICY AGENDA PRIORITIES:
- A review of all the aspects of the unemployment insurance program to identify a solution that will provide both short-term and long-term relief from significantly higher rates that are creating an additional burden on employers.
- Federal legislation to prevent the implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Army Corp of Engineers’ rule that defines the scope of the Clean Water Act.
- Making New Mexico a right-to-work state to maximize the potential for creating economic based jobs for our workforce.
- The evaluation of the entire State tax code for recommendations to create a stable revenue source that is fair and equitable without a disproportionate burden on or benefits to particular industries, individuals, or employers and in conjunction with a statewide economic development plan.
- Maximization of federal funds through actions such as fully funding the state Medicaid program and Safety Net Care Pool.
- Changes in legislation to enable the State Investment Council to place greater priority on funding for in-state investments and job creation.
- Creation of an executive agency with authority to conduct hearings on administrative adjudicatory actions arising from state agencies using its own qualified, professional, objective and independent hearing officers or administrative law judges.
- Mandatory unitary combined reporting.
- Policies that provide for the commercially-viable development of the energy infrastructure, including roads, oil and natural gas pipelines, electric transmission lines, energy storage, and electric and natural gas distribution systems that will benefit end-use markets.
- Forum shopping limitations on choosing courts for filing of litigation in a jurisdiction perceived to be favorable to the plaintiff.
- Updating the New Mexico Right to Farm Act to provide protection to modern food production agricultural operations to ensure the availability of a safe, abundant, and cost-effective food supply.
- The elimination of the Total Suspended Particulate standard and re-drafting of the state air quality regulations congruent with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, to make our state competitive with other jurisdictions and alleviate unnecessary compliance costs.
- Efforts to reduce school dropout rate.
View ACI's 2016 Interim Legislative Policy Agenda