Locally, concerns include:
- Recruiting and retaining a dependable work force. Both entry level and middle skills employees are difficult to find. A restaurant owner proposed expanding transportation across Northern New Mexico, to include the afternoon and late night hours, as well as more low income housing. This could also mitigate the crime and drug problems that stem from unemployment.
- Building strong support and working relationships with the local community and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Keep it local!
- Easing the regulatory and tax burden. There are too many onerous mandates that strangle small businesses. Often, we can’t afford costly lawyers, accountants, and lobbyists, so we are left to navigate a complex and confusing code ourselves.
- The success of our local economy is directly linked to the hiring patterns of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. We must support its scientific mission, innovation, and workforce instead of imposing new taxes. I wholeheartedly applaud Governor Martinez for her veto of flawed legislation to do such. “…the federal government is currently looking at LANL as a potential site for mission expansion. Requiring a nonprofit to pay a tax that it currently is not required to pay could cost the state many jobs and puts New Mexico at a competitive disadvantage.”