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.
2017 POLICY PRIORITIES:
- State preemption of local government mandates on employers, such as paid or unpaid leave mandates, wage or fringe benefit mandates, and scheduling mandates, in order to provide a stable environment for employers and promote economic development;
- 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;
- Government policies that foster continued private sector investment and innovation by eliminating barriers to broadband network deployment;
- Maximization of federal funds through such actions as fully funding the state Medicaid program and Safety Net Care Pool;
- The creation of public-private partnerships to develop water infrastructure that will provide public benefits such as economical infrastructure project delivery and water conservation; and
- The evaluation of the entire state tax code for recommendations to create a stable revenue source without a disproportionate burden on particular industries, individuals, or employers and in conjunction with a statewide economic development plan.
- Mandatory unitary combined reporting.
- 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;
- Forum shopping limitations on choosing courts for filing of litigation in a jurisdiction perceived to be favorable to the plaintiff;
- 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;
- Creation of an Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit; and
- Appropriate funding of higher education institutions by mission that does not sacrifice the efficiency and effectiveness of community colleges.
View ACI's 2017 Interim Policy Agenda