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New Mexico 52 Legislation Second Session 2016

The New Mexico 52 Legislation Second Session will convene tomorrow January 19, 2016 for a 30-day budget session. This year, we expect the number of issues on the Governor’s “call” will make this look like a 60-day session compressed into a month. Standby for lots of debate and maneuvering.

When the Legislature adjourned on March 21, 2015, in the Governor’s post session statement, she said, “So, what happens next? We enter the bill review period, and there will be good legislation that passed, some good examples of how elected members can and should work together. But their work, overall, will fall short of the people’s standards.” One major item that didn’t get done was the passage of the nearly $300 million capital outlay (construction projects) bill and a significant tax incentive/reform bill. That was left to a special session that accomplished both on June 8, 2015.

There are a host of major issues that did not get resolved in last year’s general session plus some new concerns to be addressed. Money will be tight, much tighter than projections made in August and December of 2015.

Looking ahead, what to expect, Here’s a quick preview of some issues:

The Budget

It’s not going to be a fun year. For every $1 drop in the price of oil, the state loses about $10 million in revenue. At $29 per barrel, revenues decrease $200 million, wiping out any “new money” (perhaps a bit offset by increased gross receipts tax revenues as a result of consumers having more money to spend on other items). Nevertheless, all signs are pointing to a hunker down, hold the line, flat budget.

Oil prices are in the tank (not your tank, the other kind of tank). That means significantly less revenue derived from taxes, leases and royalties. The state’s December revenue forecast estimated $232 million in “new money”, i.e. revenue above ongoing costs that legislators can use for new initiatives or to bolster ongoing programs. But, that’s down from $292 million in August. And, the December forecast is based on $49 per barrel price of oil. As of this writing, the price is south of $30. A lot goes into the forecast and a “new money” projection is likely to hit the pavement soon…like, next week soon! Revenue forecasts are prepared by the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group, which consists of representatives from the Department of Finance and Administration, the Taxation and Revenue Department, the Department of Transportation and the Legislative Finance Committee. This group’s purpose is to reach agreement on how much money is available to be spent in the upcoming fiscal year. This saves a great deal of time and controversy when the legislature convenes, thereby allowing the legislators to focus on how the money will be spent. This group has proved to be a very valuable resource and we’re a bit concerned by the recommendation contained in the Legislative Finance Committee’s proposed budget to appropriate about one-third of the “new money” ($77.6 million) on a contingency basis, allowing the money to be spent only if the projected revenues materialize. The money would be spent on across the board salary increases for state employees. There are a multitude of pressing needs and many are not convinced this is the top priority.

Medicaid Costs Shooting Up

Medicaid coverage was expanded significantly under Obamacare and new enrollees have exceeded all expectations. The federal government is currently on the hook for 100% of the increased costs but that drops to 95 percent in 2017 and 90 percent in 2020. And, the feds only pick up 70% of the non-expansion costs of the program. As a consequence, the Governor’s Budget recommends a $69 million increase in this year’s budget with more to come in the future. The Legislative Finance Committee budget recommends a $78.8 million increase, which represents 34% of all new spending.

Capital Outlay Reform

Both Governor Martinez, and several other Governors of the past, have criticized the process of dribbling out funds across the state. The Governors argue that a more focused approach is needed to allocate funds to the projects that make the biggest impact on the state. The New Mexico Chambers are dedicated to a process, which is transparent and reviews and ranks big, infrastructure projects based on merit. Reform legislation is expected…Ever try wresting a bone from a pit bull.

Making gross receipts taxes less gross: The gross receipts tax system in New Mexico has become a patchwork quilt of high rates, special exemptions and “pyramiding” of taxes on top of taxes. The problem is how to fix it. Efforts will be made at reform this year but we’re suspecting this is a subject that will take more than a 30-day session to resolve. Different political philosophies not to mention ox-gorings will have to be resolved – no small task but one that needs to be undertaken, for sure.

Real I.D.

Really, it’s time – and then some. This has been an issue for several years and it’s time to find a sensible solution before citizens and businesses alike are not just inconvenienced but outraged. With terrorism on the rise, it’s only sensible that the state do its part to ensure the safety of critical facilities and airports.

Child Well-Being

Children in dangerous situations need increased protection and intervention by state and local officials. Several proposals need action including expansion of the baby Brianna law (named after Brianna Lopez, a 5-month-old Dona Aña girl, raped and beaten by her mother, father and uncle in 2002); tougher penalties for physical and sexual abuse of children; more child advocacy centers and family support workers; tougher penalties against purveyors of child pornography; and, enhanced home visiting and wellness centers.

Crime & Punishment

The spate of violent crime that’s infected our community last year emphasizes the need for some serious attention, including a constitutional amendment to allow courts to hold known bad guys without bail. We also need to find ways to attract and retain more police officers, stiffen penalties for violent crimes, expand the “three strikes” law and allow courts to order treatment for some mentally ill.

Employment Issues

There are several issues affecting employers that failed to win approval last session that will be addressed; including right-to-work, reducing the amount of workers’ compensation that can be received for injuries resulting from drug or alcohol use and fixing those places in our unemployment insurance policies where New Mexico is an outlier, continued enhanced funding for the JTIP program, funding ($950k) for a State Comprehensive Broadband Plan and Priority for Rural Infrastructure, the Tourism Department and maintaining the Economic Development Department closing fund at $50 million are top priorities.

Education Reform

Bring student achievement up to an acceptable level, ending social promotion and rewarding high performing teachers top the things to do list.

Politics

And, it’s an election year. Partisans will be staking out their territory looking to score points that can be used for or against candidates at the next election. Unfortunately, the last session saw a lot of the all-to-familiar Washington-like gridlock. With the Republicans controlling the House and the Democrats the Senate, expect many hot embers to be poppin’, especially since there is a sharp philosophical divide on many of the top issues. The “maiden voyage” of the House Republican leadership is over and we expect they will launch out of the starting blocks with an ambitious agenda. Senate Democrats have been adept at bottling up House initiatives. Will there be room for compromise or will entrenchment be the order of the day? Time, a short 30 days, will tell.

Opening Day

The highlight of which will be the Governor’s state of the state address. This will give us a good idea of the issues she will be putting on the Governor’s call.

The Albuquerque Chamber Legislative Round-Up, (shortened version). The Chamber Legislative Roundup, published during the New Mexico Legislative Session by the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce provides information on local and state public policy and business issues that affect you.

Uber Is Live In The Enchanted Circle!

Uber representatives will be in Angel Fire on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge in Conference Room A to answer questions from potential drivers and conduct vehicle inspections.

If you would like to generate incremental income while still working in Angel Fire, sign up to drive whenever you want. Go to get.uber.com/drive to create an account.

Requirements

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Vehicle Insurance
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Background Check
  • Drivers must be at least 21 years old
  • 2005 or newer 4-door vehicle

The Uber mobile app allows consumers with smart phones to submit a trip request, which is then routed to Uber drivers. Angel Fire Resort is not a partner or associated in any manner with Uber. For more information about the company, see www.uber.com.

Eight Annual Boot Scootin’ Barn Dance & BBQ

boot-scootinMusic by the Rifters. Adults are $25. Youth ages 7-18 are $15. Children 6 and under are free.

Tickets are available at Angel Fire Visitor Center, Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce or RBS.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Please call 575-377-3332 for additional information.

Sponsored by Holy Angels Mission Church

Big ‘Ol Texas Weekend

texas-weekendA fun-filled weekend celebrating our country roots. Featuring live music, Texas Hold’em Tournament, The Big Texan Steak Challenge and Brew Ski! Stay tuned for more details.

When: January 22-24, 2016

Where: Angel Fire Resort

Friday, January 22, 2016

Denim and Diamonds Dinner – 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Elements at the Country Club
Dinner, a Jim Beam Whiskey Tasting and live music performances featuring The Damn Band.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Texas Tailgate – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
On the deck at the base of the mountain
Join us for a Texas BBQ lunch and Brew Ski Beer Tasting.  Stick around for the 72 oz. Steak Eating Challenge, sponsored by the Big Texan at 1:30 pm.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Big Ol’ Bacon Buffet – 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Legends Grill
Swing by Legends Grill to fuel up for the evening with a bountiful cornucopia of bacon deliciousness! Not into a strictly meat-centered meal? No worries! Legends Grill’s full menu will also be available.

Texas Hold’em Tournament – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by the Big Texan and Jim Beam (must be 21 or over)
At the Garden Court, next to Legends Grill
Tournament doors open at 5:40 p.m., first hand at 6 p.m. (FREE entry; Sign-up Onsite)
Grand Prize:  TBA
Runner Up: TBA

Saturday Night Concert at the Village Haus – 7:00 pm to 11 pm.
Brandon Steadman Band is in from Austin and ready to get the dance floor going!

MVHS Senior Night & Pasta Fundraiser

mvhs-senior-nightCome and see the graduating class of 2016 and their senior projects. Afterwards enjoy pasta, salad and garlic bread for only $15.00. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the senior class of 2016.

When: January 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Dinner will begin following senior night and will run until all have eaten or we run out!

The Meaning Of The King Holiday

martin-luther-kingBy Coretta Scott King

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example – the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service that so radiantly defined Dr. King’s character and empowered his leadership. On this holiday, we commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.

We commemorate Dr. King’s inspiring words, because his voice and his vision filled a great void in our nation, and answered our collective longing to become a country that truly lived by its noblest principles. Yet, Dr. King knew that it wasn’t enough just to talk the talk, that he had to walk the walk for his words to be credible. And so we commemorate on this holiday the man of action, who put his life on the line for freedom and justice every day, the man who braved threats and jail and beatings and who ultimately paid the highest price to make democracy a reality for all Americans.

The King Holiday honors the life and contributions of America’s greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but who also lead a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. On this day we commemorate Dr. King’s great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America. It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing. No other day of the year brings so many peoples from different cultural backgrounds together in such a vibrant spirit of brother and sisterhood. Whether you are African-American, Hispanic or Native American, whether you are Caucasian or Asian-American, you are part of the great dream Martin Luther King, Jr. had for America. This is not a black holiday; it is a peoples’ holiday. And it is the young people of all races and religions who hold the keys to the fulfillment of his dream.

We commemorate on this holiday the ecumenical leader and visionary who embraced the unity of all faiths in love and truth. And though we take patriotic pride that Dr. King was an American, on this holiday we must also commemorate the global leader who inspired nonviolent liberation movements around the world. Indeed, on this day, programs commemorating my husband’s birthday are being observed in more than 100 nations.

The King Holiday celebrates Dr. King’s global vision of the world house, a world whose people and nations had triumphed over poverty, racism, war and violence. The holiday celebrates his vision of ecumenical solidarity, his insistence that all faiths had something meaningful to contribute to building the beloved community.

The Holiday commemorates America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence – the man who taught by his example that nonviolent action is the most powerful, revolutionary force for social change available to oppressed people in their struggles for liberation.
This holiday honors the courage of a man who endured harassment, threats and beatings, and even bombings. We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others, and who knew he would pay the ultimate price for his leadership, but kept on marching and protesting and organizing anyway.

Every King Holiday has been a national “teach-in” on the values of nonviolence, including unconditional love, tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation, which are so desperately-needed to unify America. It is a day of intensive education and training in Martin’s philosophy and methods of nonviolent social change and conflict-reconciliation. The Holiday provides a unique opportunity to teach young people to fight evil, not people, to get in the habit of asking themselves, “what is the most loving way I can resolve this conflict?”

On the King Holiday, young people learn about the power of unconditional love even for one’s adversaries as a way to fight injustice and defuse violent disputes. It is a time to show them the power of forgiveness in the healing process at the interpersonal as well as international levels.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all a day of service. All across America on the Holiday, his followers perform service in hospitals and shelters and prisons and wherever people need some help. It is a day of volunteering to feed the hungry, rehabilitate housing, tutoring those who can’t read, mentoring at-risk youngsters, consoling the broken-hearted and a thousand other projects for building the beloved community of his dream. Dr. King once said that we all have to decide whether we “will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. Life’s most persistent and nagging question, he said, is `what are you doing for others?'” he would quote Mark 9:35, the scripture in which Jesus of Nazareth tells James and John “…whosoever will be great among you shall be your servant; and whosoever among you will be the first shall be the servant of all.” And when Martin talked about the end of his mortal life in one of his last sermons, on February 4, 1968 in the pulpit of Ebenezer Baptist Church, even then he lifted up the value of service as the hallmark of a full life. “I’d like somebody to mention on that day Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to give his life serving others,” he said. “I want you to say on that day, that I did try in my life…to love and serve humanity.

We call you to commemorate this Holiday by making your personal commitment to serve humanity with the vibrant spirit of unconditional love that was his greatest strength, and which empowered all of the great victories of his leadership. And with our hearts open to this spirit of unconditional love, we can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream. May we who follow Martin now pledge to serve humanity, promote his teachings and carry forward his legacy into the 21st Century.

2016 Taos Wedding Expo

wedding-expoYou are invited to participate in the 2016 Taos Wedding Expo hosted by the Taos County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Sagebrush Inn & Suite.

Exhibitor Application – http://www.taoschamber.org/Community-and-Relocation

Here are some great reasons to get involved:

  • Good Return on Investment (ROI): 700% ROI: Many exhibitors at the 2015 reported securing 2 – 5 wedding or event jobs as a result of participating in the Expo.One exhibitor even booked more than 10 gigs!
  • Opportunity to present your business face-to-face to more than 250 anticipated attendees; and
  • Networking with more than 40 wedding professionals serving the Enchanted Circle. Market Potential (according to the 2014 Wedding Report):
  • 39% of all wedding couples will hire a wedding professional from a wedding show
  • More than 250 weddings are held in Taos County each year
  • An average of $18,947 is spent on Taos weddings with an average of 100-115 guests attending.
  • And …Taos County Chamber of Commerce is getting an increasing number of calls regarding wedding accommodations in Taos!

Join us on February 13th to showcase your expertise and services one-on-one with engaged couples and bridal parties from near and far. Besides the exhibitor booths, there will be a whole range of special events.

The Expo will feature prizes and giveaways including a diamond ring! In addition there will be entertainment by area DJs, cake, food and drink tastings; and a fashion show featuring Patricia Michaels and other local designers.

Expo Exhibitor Benefits

As one of a limited number of exhibitors in your category, your benefits will include:

  • Opportunity to present your business face-to-face to more than 250 anticipated attendees;
  • Lead list of all registered attendees provided after the expo;
  • Listing in online exhibitor directory; and
  • Networking with more than 40 wedding professionals serving the Enchanted Circle.

Sign up for your booth today! Take advantage of this great opportunity to directly advertise your services and expertise to interested potential clients. Limited booths are available in each exhibitor category, so register today to ensure your business will be represented at the Taos Wedding Expo.

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to sponsor the Taos Wedding Expo 2016!
Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Saturday, February 13, 2016
10 am – 4 pm; Exhibits Open & Door Prizes

The Taos County Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the LGBT-friendly Taos Wedding Expo to be held on February 13, 2016 at the Sagebrush Inn & Conference Center in Taos. This event will showcase everything for your wedding in the Enchanted Circle communities of Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Questa, Red River, Eagle Nest and Angel Fire in Northern New Mexico. The Chamber is working with Corporate Sponsors to bring this event to the community. Generous sponsorship has been provided by the Sagebrush Inn & Conference Center, The Taos News, Leshem Diamonds, Celebration Event Rentals, Taos Mountain Casino and the Taos County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Staff. There will be door prizes that include a diamond ring donated by Leshem Diamonds and Gold, honeymoon adventures for two, Fashion Show with Patricia Michaels for PM Waterlily and more!

Call Lindsey 575-751-8800 for more info.

2016 Shuter Library Benefit Mardi Gras Ball

shuter-libraryA Night at the Oscars

When: Monday, February 8, 2016 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Country Club

Be a Ball Sponsor and have your name or business acknowledged in the Ball Program! Contact Scott Jones at 575-377-6223.

Sponsor a reserved table for your friends or business for $55 per person. Fill out a table sponsor form at the library or contact Sandy Jones at 575-377-6223.

General admission is $50 per person. There will be a dinner buffet and dancing to the Jimmy Stadler Band.

Dress as a celebrity or as a character from your favorite movie! Prizes will be awarded for the best and most imaginative costumes.

Elect the 2016 Shuter Library Mardi Gras King and Queen! Bid on desirable items in our silent and live auctions!

January 2016 Chamber News

thank-youJanuary is the time of year we say thank you to the four Gold Member Businesses of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. These businesses, Alpine Lumber Company, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Angel Fire Resort, and Lowe’s Valley Market, are extremely significant in keeping the doors open to our tiny rural Chamber, and therefore benefitting all of our business members in and around the Moreno Valley. Their contributions are greatly appreciated!

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angel-fire-mini-mart

angel-fire-resort

lowes-market

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce opened its doors with a Certificate of Incorporation in January 1982 as the Angel Fire Resort Association. Our founding fathers are Ronald B. May, Eunice “Betts” Loving, Bert Clemens, David Ambrose, Jeanine Neal, Herbert Koffler, and Ray Lisk. These seven people, with the help of the owners of the Angel Resort started collecting a Resort Fee from the membership. In 1986, then President of the Board, Don Borgeson, went to the state of New Mexico to secure future permission for the fees that would help the Chamber financially and would add value to any business member who wanted to step up their membership. The Chamber’s name was changed shortly after that to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce and the 1/2 percent Resort Fee is now known as the Chamber Fee. Premium and Gold Memberships were added to the Chamber’s choices of membership levels. The levels of Chamber memberships are Standard ($250.00 per yr.), Non-Profit ($200.00 per yr.), Premium ($200.00 per yr.) and Indivdual ($75.00 per yr.).

As a Premium Member, a business elects to the voluntary collection of 1/2 percent of their gross sales. The member collects this 1/2 percent from its customers and then pays the 1/2 percent to the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce on a monthly basis. (Note: 1/2% of $100.00 is 50 cents.) This fee is used along with chamber membership dues to finance the operations of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce in promoting it’s members and the Angel Fire area. We also call it a Pass Thru Fee because the member doesn’t pay, their customer does and it passes to the chamber. With the Premium level yearly membership dues are less and each Premium member has the opportunity to list up to three business. This is a savings of $550.00 per year to that business owner. When a businesses Customer Fees to the Chamber reach $2500.00 per year or more, that business automatically becomes a Gold Member and their yearly membership dues are reimbursed. What this means is the business receives all of the benefits of Gold Membership, Free! Plus they may have unlimited business listings. It is a win-win system for both the chamber and the Gold Member and we are ever grateful for the chamber fees they send us!

We have fifteen premium memberships: Angel Fire Homes Property Management, Angel Fire Rentals (ReMax), Angel Flowers by Layna, Brenda’s Property Management, Cafe Expresso, H2 Uptown, Kokopelli Property Management, Laguna Vista Lodge, Historic Restaurant & Saloon, North Country Property Management, Ski Tech, Snowball Lodge, The Bakery & Cafe @ Angel Fire, The Trailhead, Village Ski Shop & Rentals, and Winter Sports. And we have the four mentioned premium turned Gold Members: Alpine Lumber Company, Angel Fire Mini Mart, Angel Fire Resort, and Lowe’s Valley Market. We say thank you for the extra help!

All four of our Gold Members have been members of the Angel Fire Chamber since 1982! Some have changed hands throughout the years and the new owners have faithfully continued what the previous owners started. We say thank you for your years of support and thank you for your continued support!

And to all of our members, at each level of membership, we say thank you for your support! May 2016 be a successful year fo all of us!

Jo Mixon
Executive Director

Help Wanted @ Alpine Gifts

help-wantedMature person with retail experience. 1 to 2 days per week.

Alpine Gifts
3365 Mountain View Blvd

Stop by or call 575-377-6181