Chamber Releases 2014 Legislative Package
“It’s clear that we must remove every roadblock to economic growth and job creation as fast as we can,” said Terri Cole, Greater Albuquerque President and CEO, upon announcement of the 2014 legislative package, “Accelerating Job Growth Agenda.” The Chamber’s Board of Directors adopted the agenda at its board meeting today.
The Chamber praised last year’s Legislature for adopting a sweeping reform of the corporate tax structure positioning New Mexico ahead of many states in the region. “This was a very important step,” said Cole, “and our businesses appreciate it, but the job is far from done.”
Cole underscored New Mexico’s exceptional dependence on federal jobs. “It’s not that we don’t want these jobs, of course we do,” she stated. “But we have to face the reality of ongoing federal budget cuts. We’ve got to have more private sector jobs and fast.”
Elizabeth Shipley, chair of the Chamber board, noted, “New Mexico has 38,000 fewer jobs today than when the recession started. We need a strong bipartisan effort at the Legislature to move New Mexico ahead.”
The Chamber’s agenda emphasizes support for several successful economic development and tourism initiatives; funding for water infrastructure projects; building the state’s health care workforce; and, funding for public education (including education reform).
“To be successful, a strong bipartisan approach and cooperation between the Legislature and Governor are essential,” Cole concluded.