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 POLICY PRIORITIES:
- Effective workforce development programs that address New Mexico's needs such as STEM, skilled trades, and healthcare;
- A roll-over tax credit for capital gains if a company that sells in New Mexico reinvests the funds in a new or existing New Mexico company;
- Increased state investment for the New Mexico Tourism Department and the New Mexico Partnership for marketing and promotional activities;
- Changes to the unemployment insurance program to provide both short-term and long-term relief from significantly higher rates that create an additional burden on employers;
- Policies that provide for the commercially-viable development of 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, including such things as natural gas and electric vehicles and smart-grid technologies;
- Mandatory unitary combined reporting.
- 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 particular industries, individuals, or employers and in conjunction with a statewide economic development plan;
- The agricultural exemption from workers’ compensation, though as a matter of principle, ACI believes that employers should provide insurance coverage for workers injured on the job;
- Maximization of federal funds through actions such as fully funding the state Medicaid program and Safety Net Care Pool;
- The elimination of the Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) standard and re-drafting of the state air quality regulations congruent with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, to make New Mexico competitive with other jurisdictions and alleviate unnecessary compliance costs;
- Expansion of the Administrative Hearing Office to conduct hearings on administrative adjudicatory actions arising from all state agencies using its own qualified, professional, objective, and independent hearing officers or administrative law judges;
- Adequate funding and resources for the Office of the State Engineer (OSE) and the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC);
- Forum shopping limitations on choosing courts for filing of litigation in a jurisdiction perceived to be favorable to the plaintiff.
View ACI's 2016 Policy Agenda