November 13, 2019

Archives for February 2017

New Mexico Hospitality Association Government Affairs

New Mexico Hospitality Association Government Affairs 2017 Legislative Session
Priority Legislation Update

Advocacy Toolkit

Want to get involved? Contact your elected official!

The time is now to begin contacting YOUR elected state official to voice your support for removal of the Lodgers’ Tax loophole through SB 254 and HB 266. Our best chance to success can only occur if we work together. View our action plan below for best practices for how to contact your elected official.

1. Know Your District

Know who in the House and the Chamber represent the district your business resides in. If you don’t currently know who your representative in the House and the Senate is, the New Mexico Legislature website has a helpful tool that allows users to find their elected official by typing in an address. Simply visit, find the “Legislators” tab in the main menu, and click on the “Find My Legislator” drop down option from the menu. There is an option to find your legislator in both the House and Senate, so be sure to use this function for each chamber.

2. Document Their Contact Information

Each elected official has their contact information available on their online legislator profile. Keep it handy for contacting them by email, phone, and perhaps personal visit to their capitol office.

3.Review Our Talking Points, Know Your Bill

Review the Lodgers’ Tax talking points from our advocacy toolkit before you make contact with your elected official. Be rehearsed on our 3 key positions for eliminating Exemption G, as well as some of the questions you may be asked if you happen to engage with your elected official through email or phone call. Also, be sure to view the language of the actual bill. Senate Bill 254 on the New Mexico Legislature website to see how the bill is written.

4.Encourage Your Elected Official

Feel free to use anything apart of the advocacy toolkit as a reference or baseline for constructing your email or using as a script outline when you make your call. We want our members to use their own unique voice and perspectives when reaching out to elected officials. Also, be sure to be courteous and thoughtful. Ideally, we want our elected officials to become ambassadors for tourism, and this is a great opportunity for you to encourage them to join our cause.

5. Don’t Forget to Follow Up

If you are lucky, you might receive a quick response via email. If you are even luckier, they might answer your phone call on the first try. If those things do not happen, schedule a time on your calendar a few days after your first outreach attempt for a follow up. A second phone call with a second voice mail will prompt a much higher likelihood of a response. If you decide to reach out via phone, try to make the call in the morning around 10 a.m. Search for House Bill 266.

New Mexico Hospitality Association
1420 Carlise NE
Suite #210
Albuquerque, NM 87110

National Main Street Accredation

New Mexico MainStreet Communities Receive 2017 National Main Street Accreditation

Susana Martinez, Governor
Matthew B. Geisel, Cabinet Secretary
February 21, 2017
Contact: Benjamin Cloutier

Santa Fe, NM – Today, New Mexico MainStreet announced that 21 New Mexico Communities have been designated as Main Street America Accredited programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. All programs that received accreditation will be recognized at the National Main Street Conference in Pittsburgh in May.

“New Mexico’s MainStreet program is an incredible tool in creating vital downtown areas to leverage private investment,” said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. “The accomplishments of these communities are something we can all be proud.”

The communities receiving accreditation include: Alamogordo MainStreet, Albuquerque Downtown MainStreet, Artesia MainStreet, Belen MainStreet, Carlsbad MainStreet, Clovis MainStreet, Corrales MainStreet, Deming MainStreet, Downtown Farmington MainStreet, Grants MainStreet Project, Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, Harding County MainStreet, MainStreet de Las Vegas, Los Alamos MainStreet, Lovington MainStreet, Nob Hill MainStreet, Raton MainStreet, Silver City MainStreet, South Valley MainStreet, Tucumcari MainStreet, and MainStreet Truth or Consequences

From 2011-2016, the New Mexico MainStreet program’s local MainStreet communities have restored 1,063 buildings, leveraged $85,320,935 in private sector reinvestment, and created 752 net new businesses and 3,271 net new jobs. For every $1 invested in the New Mexico MainStreet program, $43 is leveraged locally.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four-Point Approach.

“We are very proud of our local Main Street programs with 21 communities earning the designation as Nationally Accredited Main Street program,” said Rich Williams Director of New Mexico MainStreet. “Their work to achieve this designation recognizes the amazing MainStreet organizations in our state, the innovative projects they are pushing forward to grow our economy and transform our downtowns and the dedication of the individuals, volunteers and staff that make Main Street such a successful strategy.”

New Mexico MainStreet evaluates organizational performance on an annual basis with the National Main Street Center to identify strong local programs that meet the ten performance standards, benchmarks used to measure a program’s application of the Main Street Four-Point Approach to commercial district revitalization. Programs must demonstrate achievement across a variety of criteria including broad-based community support for their district revitalization process, have strong support from both the public and private sectors, have an operating budget, performance measures in place to track organizational progress, and demonstrated historic preservation ethic.

A program of the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico MainStreet works throughout the state to help affiliated local organizations create an economically viable business environment while preserving cultural and historic resources. New Mexico MainStreet currently serves 28 affiliated MainStreet Districts, eight state-authorized Arts & Cultural Districts, more than 20 Frontier Community projects, and eight Historic Theater Initiatives. For more information about New Mexico MainStreet, visit or

Angel Fire Garden Club Meeting

First Angel Fire Garden Club meeting of 2017!

This month’s program will be presented by Joe Distefano, Angel Fire Resort’s Golf Course Superintendent. Joe presented for our District III Spring Meeting last year and we have had many requests to have him back. If you are not a member and want to know more about Angel Fire Garden Club, please be our guest on March 13, 2017. We would love to have you!

When: Monday, March 13, 2017 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Where: FNB New Mexico Community Room

There will be social time from 9:30 am to 10:00 am and a business meeting from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The program follows the meeting.

Eagle Nest Dam 100th Anniversary

We need your ideas and input for Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Eagle Nest Dam and enhancing visitor experience at Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks.

Share your ideas with friends on March 2, 2017.

5:00 pm – Board Meeting
6:00 pm – Potluck & Annual Meeting

Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center
42 Marina Lane
Eagle Nest, NM

Bring your favorite side dish or dessert. Friends providing beef brisket and turkey, ice tea, coffee paper plates and plasticware. OK to BYOB.

Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks
PO Box 3
Eagle Nest, NM 87718

Simply Stunning

All clothing $20.00 or less! Now until March 19, 2017!

Simply Stunning
11 Halo Pines Terrace
Angel Fire, NM 87710

Red River Comedy Club

The Red River Chamber of Commerce Presents Red River Comedy Club Featuring Phil Palisoul With an Appearance by Nora Lynch.

Amateur Comedian Competition Friday night @ Bull O’ The Woods Saloon Hosted by Red River’s Very Own Tra Venaglia.

$10 Advance Tickets Sold @

$20 At The Door

When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Where: Red River Conference Center Red River, NM

The Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Members Breakfast Meeting

Enjoy burritos and coffee while we have a short informative Chamber member meeting and guest speakers from the Angel Fire Resort.

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 8:00 am to 9:00 am

Where: 3407 Mountain View Blvd. Angel Fire, NM 87710

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization made up of businesses and professional men and women who have joined together for the purpose of promoting one another, as well as the positive promotion of the civic, commercial and social well-being of the community. These members join to become part of a strong team of business who stand together. The Chamber of Commerce has a major impact on the business and the future growth of the community.

There are two primary functions of a Chamber of Commerce:

1. It acts as a spokesperson for its business and professional members and translates into action the group thinking of its members.

2. It renders specific services and acts as an advocate for its members in a way that is most effectively done by an organization rather than by independent businesses on their own.

Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP)

Susana Martinez, Governor
Matthew B. Geisel, Cabinet Secretary

For immediate release; February 20, 2017
Contact: Benjamin Cloutier

JTIP Board Awards $1,450,104.00 in February 2017 to create 388 jobs

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the New Mexico Economic Development Department announced that the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) board has approved $1,450,104 to create 388 jobs and 1internship in Februrary.

“The assistance JTIP provides not only helps companies grow and thrive in our state, it creates good jobs for hard working New Mexicans,” said Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel. “It’s incredible to see our JTIP program helping new companies build their presence in our state and helping our homegrown companies expand and thrive.”

February’s JTIP Recipients Were:

Safelite Solutions, LLC, Rio Rancho – Safelite AutoGlass is the largest auto glass specialist in the United States providing multifaceted and integrated auto glass and claims management service organization. 320 jobs, $839,700

“To have the State of New Mexico invest in training to make sure the people we employ can be as successful as possible says a lot about the culture in the State of New Mexico,” said Brian O’Mara, VP of Client Service Delivery. “Thanks to JTIP, we are able to create jobs for hundreds of New Mexicans and give our employees opportunities for growth.”

Vitality Works, Inc., Albuquerque – Vitality Works is a New Mexico company that sells supplements of the highest quality, purity and potency. With approximately 600 customers worldwide, Vitality Works sells their products to healthcare practitioners, health food stores, retail stores, natural food traders, multi-level marketing companies and foreign operations. 10 jobs, $46,011.92

Meow Wolf, Inc., Santa Fe – Meow Wolf is a New Mexico arts production company that creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling. At the nexus of art, technology and entertainment this unique fusion gives audiences fictional worlds to explore. Meow Wolf is expanding its manufacturing team in Santa Fe. 7 jobs, $130,556.32
“Thanks to JTIP, we’re able to expand our immersive arts experience – a unique New Mexico attraction,” said Vince Kadlubek, CEO of Meow Wolf. “JTIP not only allows us to expand our operations, it gives us the opportunity to expand New Mexico’s creative economy and create jobs for people in our community.”

SolAero Technologies Corporation, Albuquerque – SolAero Technologies was founded in Albuquerque and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly efficient, radiation hard solar cells, Coverglass Interconnected Cells (CICs), and satellite solar panels for space power applications and is the world’s largest Multi-Junction Solar Cell Foundry. 25 jobs, $182,090

Rural Sourcing, Inc., Albuquerque – Rural Sourcing, Inc. is an alternative to offshoring technology development and support. The company provides software application development, quality assurance testing, business intelligence, analytic services and ongoing support and maintenance of critical business applications. RSI offers a wide range of highly specialized IT services for companies across a variety of industries. 5 jobs, 1 intern, $63,512 (Amendment)

PCM Sales, Inc., Rio Rancho – PCM, Inc. is a publicly-held technology solutions provider serving the U.S. and Canada. The company offers a wide variety of IT solutions, services and products to meet its customers’ technology needs. 18 jobs, $99,285.12 (Amendment)

Skorpios Technologies, Inc., Albuquerque – Albuquerque-based startup Skorpios Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company delivering integrated communications products based upon their proprietary, wafer-scale, silicon photonics process. The technology can be used to address a wide range of applications, including high-speed video, data and voice communications for networking and cloud computing, storage and wireless and cable television. 3 jobs, $89,197.52 (Amendment)

Amendments: JTIP policy allows companies to amend their active JTIP projects. Amendments may increase or decrease the original project budget depending in the change. Typical amendments include increases to the number of job slots approved in a particular job classification, the addition of a job classification to the project, or adjustments to approved wage ranges.

To qualify for JTIP, new or expanding companies must either create a product in New Mexico, or provide a nonretail service with 50 percent of the company’s costumer or revenue base outside of the state. The eligible jobs must be full-time and year-round. The trainee must be a new hire to the company and have been a New Mexico resident for at least one year at any time prior to being hired. For more information on JTIP, visit

Legislation Updates

Friday, February 17, 2017
53rd Legislature, First Session
Day 31

This session has reached the halfway mark and the deadline for bill introduction has passed. On Feb. 15 the count stood at 1132 bills; 568 in the House and 564 in the Senate.

There is still a lot of work to be done this session, most importantly is the development and implementation of a budget. As expected, there is no change in the revenue forecast. The expectation is that revenue falls $103 million short of current state spending, $5.9 billion. This coupled with the need to rebuild reserves call for something in the neighbor hood of $200 million in new revenue, budget cuts or budget magic (“sweeping funds, etc.). While the outlook for oil prices is a bit more favorable, the outlook for employment growth is somewhat less, so it balances to put us just where we were back in December when the last forecast was made.

As budget writers contemplate how to balance the budget, but also to build back cash reserves both to protect the state’s credit rating and to deal with unforeseen circumstances, there are two schools of thought to accomplish the goal of raising approximately an another $200 million: (1). Raise taxes, or; (2) Cut spending. Democrats, who have sizable majorities in both houses tend towards number one, “The cuts that we have imposed during the 2017 budget year have been devastating,” said Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth in a recent interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican. Wirth and other Democratic leaders are making it clear that they’re done with cutting government services.

As of Monday, the Governor’s stance on tax increases has not changed. Spokesperson Chris Sanchez said, “The Governor stands by her promise: she will not raise taxes. She does, however, support closing tax loopholes and modernizing the tax code.” There you have the opening gambits – the lines have been drawn in the sand. But, sand shifts and lines fade. If a budget deal is going to be reached by the end of the session, something will have to give.

There are many moving parts here both for comprehensive tax reform and for solvency for FY17. Here are some things that are on the table:

1. Sweeping comprehensive tax reform: HB 412 sponsored by Representative Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Senator John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra) and Carlos Cisneros (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) revamps the Gross Receipts Tax system by eliminating nearly all the exemptions, lowering the GRT rate, and lots more (more details on this bill are listed below if you are interested) The bill rebrands the Gross Receipts Tax as a Retail Sales Tax. The bill also addresses both personal and corporate income tax by establishing a 5% flat rate and subjecting online retail sales to the RTS (viewed as closing a loophole).

The goal in setting the new sales tax rate is to be relatively revenue neutral. Of course, the underlying issue is whether this bill can get the support it needs to stay alive in the session and ultimately be signed by the Governor. Or, will it gain no traction in the Legislature in favor of “tax increase proposals” designed to deal with solvency for FY18 only and no comprehensive tax reform in this Legislature? Speaking of those “tax increase proposals…”

2. The House Democrats laid out their plan for a solvency bill. The package has four items:

  • Eliminating the exemption for paying GRT for nonprofit hospitals ($65M)
  • Increasing the vehicle excise tax 1% ($49M)
  • Raising permit fees on commercial trucks from $5.00 to $90.00 ($63M)
  • Removing the exemption for online retail sales ($20M).

This package adds up to about $200M and is expected to be introduced this week and will be amended into HB202, which is the current bill for online retail sales.

3. Budget Solvency: A Second Look: Representative Harper suggested during the FY 17 budget solvency debate, converting this year’s capital outlay funds to general fund use. This swap is good for around $60 million and is such an obvious move; we wonder why it doesn’t get more traction. Let’s face it, $60 in capital outlay spread out across all legislative districts is going to have zero impact on building a more diverse economy. In addition, excess funds in the legislative retirement system could get many millions of dollars. These two proposals are worth a second look. They are relatively painless and don’t hit public schools or other high priority programs.

4. Right sizing government: New Mexico is on the high side of spending per capita when compared to our Southwestern neighbors. There are opportunities to look at consolidating some agencies and otherwise looking at overhead and administration to see where savings can be made. It’s hard to estimate the savings but several millions wouldn’t be out of the question. Consider a 1% reduction of a $5.9 billion budget is around $60 million. To a businessperson, that seems very doable, as cutting 1% from operating costs is pretty much a no-brainer. This is not to suggest an across the board cut but rather a strong prioritization of programs based on their effectiveness. Add this $60 million to it and the goal could be met without any other tax increases. We continue to believe that raising taxes in a weak economic environment is counterproductive at this stage of the session and we must look to restructuring and finding greater efficiencies first.

As you can see, there are no easy answers. Policy makers are struggling to balance all the interests competing for budget dollars while trying to balance the budget and build back a reasonable reserve. There are wide philosophical differences and deeply held beliefs that are also in play. It may be difficult to reach consensus (code for a Special Session).

More on HB 412 sponsored by Representative Jason Harper (R-Sandoval), Senator John Arthur Smith (D- Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Luna and Sierra), and Senator Carlos Cisneros (D-Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) will be heard in House Taxation and Revenue Committee tomorrow. The bill is almost 350 pages. Representative Harper prepared the following white paper, which provides an excellent summary of what the bill does. The vast majority of this bill, the Chamber can support, but there are some things that we are uncomfortable with but that’s usually the definition of a good bill.

2017 New Mexico Tax Reform Act
Background and Objective
Representative Jason Harper (R-Sandoval)

The purpose of this reform is to solve substantial problems in the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) structure. The NM GRT is routinely rated as one of the worst state consumption taxes in the nation by respected national tax policy groups [1]. These low ratings are attributed to: i) significant erosion of the base (great increase in the number of exemptions, deductions, credits), ii) taxation of every step of production (pyramiding), iii) significant increases in the tax rate from the original 2% (compounding the pyramiding problem), iv) complexity and challenges with compliance (e.g. Non-Taxable Taxation Certificate complexity), v) recent removal of consumption and other revenue that adjusts with inflation from the base, vi) unusual structure compared to nearly all other states (e.g. the term ‘GRT’ scares away businesses considering relocation to NM), and vii) lack of transparency.

The NM GRT is a hybrid of a true GRT and a true Retail Sales Tax (RST). An objective analysis of NM GRT concludes that this hybrid comprises the worst attributes of a true GRT, and the worst attributes of a RST [2].

The objective of this reform is to create a new hybrid that contains the best attributes of a true GRT, and the best attributes of a true RST. This will result in a new consumption tax structure that complements the modern economy, and is well equipped to handle future economic changes. This reform will also improve stability of revenues, restore uniformity and fairness of the tax, simplify administration and compliance, increase transparency, broaden the base, and lower all rates.

1. “Facts & Figures 2016: How Does Your State Compare,” Tax Foundation. NM Sales Tax ranked 48th in the State Business Climate Index; NM Sales Tax ranked the 7th highest sales tax collection per capita.

2. “Reforming the Gross Receipts” Helen Hecht, Tax Counsel, Federation of Tax Administrators and Richard Anklam, Executive Director, New Mexico Tax Research Institute. Presentation to the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee, 2013.

Summary of Tax Code Changes Gross Receipts Tax (GRT)

  • Broadening the tax base by removing nearly all exemptions, deductions, and credits:
    • Significantly lowers state and local tax rates
    • Improves uniformity
    • Improves stability of revenue and restores revenue streams that grow with inflation
  • Removes the most egregious form of pyramiding (business-to-business professional services and inputs)
  • Simplifies compliance and improves administration by reducing number of Non-Taxable Transaction Certificates (NTTCs)
  • Increases fairness
    • Provides for alternative evidence in the case of a missing NTTC during audit
    • Levels the playing field for local brick and mortar businesses by taxing internet sales transactions
  • Removing the non-profit exemption to GRT:
    • Increases fairness and uniformity in the medical industry by treating non-profit and for-profit facilities the same
    • Guards against future Federal Laboratory structure changes
  • Improves transparency by correctly attributing the 1.225% municipal share of the state tax to the municipalities tax rate
  • Provides flexibility to local governments by converting all county and municipal earmarks to general purpose
  • Eliminates the need for Hold Harmless payments by re-imposing the sales tax on food and healthcare practitioners
  • Re-brands GRT as ‘Sales Tax’
  • Only three classes of exemptions, deductions and credits remain:
    • Anti-pyramiding – consolidated and rolled into a new anti-pyramiding section
    • Recent economic incentives that resulted in substantial investment in the state
    • NM does not need the reputation of ‘giving a good deal and then pulling out the rug’
    • Sunsets added to these remaining deductions and credits
    • Federal preemption doctrine: the state is not allowed to impose a tax because federal law prohibits it

Compensating Tax

  • Removes perverse incentive to purchase out of state by aligning with GRT (now sales tax) base, and requiring that the rate be the same as the sales tax rate (as opposed to lower which is currently the case)

Low-Income Comprehensive Tax Rebate (LICTR)

  • Guards against regressivity of the new sales tax by updating and realigning distributions to the federal poverty level and the new sales tax rate

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Guards against regressivity of the new sales tax by removing the sales tax on all food purchased by a qualified SNAP program recipient (including food purchased with non-SNAP dollars)

Liquor Excise Tax

  • Distributes Liquor Excise Tax revenue to state and county DWI treatment and prevention programs (60%), drug court programs (10%), and to the state as a match for Medicaid expenditures (30%)
    • When the Liquor Excise Tax was adopted, the liquor industry agreed to support it in exchange for the revenue being dedicated to specific programs but the state has been putting most of it in the General Fund; this makes good on the deal

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax (MVET)

  • Addresses significant statewide road infrastructure problems by sending 30% ($42 mil) of MVET to the state road fund, and 30% to the local road fund, as has been done in the past; the remaining 40% will continue to go to the General Fund

Personal Income Tax (PIT)

  • Provides for a single PIT bracket at 5%

Corporate Income Tax (CIT)

  • Provides for a single CIT bracket, and aligns the CIT bracket with the top state personal income tax bracket (5%)
    • This single 5% PIT and 5% CIT bracket structure is the same structure as used in Utah, which is consistently rated in the top 10 of state tax structures
  • Increases fairness and uniformity by requiring market-based sourcing for intangibles, not just tangibles

Property Tax – Tax Lightning

  • Removes the provision in state law that requires the assessed value of a property to immediately adjust to current and correct when a property changes ownership, resulting in significantly higher property tax (tax lightning)
  • Removes the annual cap on property valuation increases which will allow yield control to work effectively
  • Ensures low income families who have lived in a home for many years are not priced out of their home when values go up

Angel Fire Resort Mardi Gras Celebration

Celebrate Mardi Gras at Angel Fire Resort with daily live music, colorful beads, great food and much more!

When: February 24 to 28, 2017

Event Schedule

Friday, February 24

  • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Mardi Gras Special Menu at Elements
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music in the Garden Court

Saturday, February 25

  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – S’mores outside Village Haus
  • 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music in Village Haus
  • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Mardi Gras Special Menu at Elements
  • 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music in Garden Court

Sunday, February 26

  • 3:00 pm – Rotary Mardi Gras Parade
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – S’mores outside Village Haus
  • 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm – Live Music in Village Haus
  • 5:00 pm – Adult Costume Contest
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music in Garden Court

Monday, February 27

  • 11:00 am to 2:00 pm – Kid’s Mask Decorating in Village Haus
  • 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm – S’mores outside Village Haus
  • 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Live Music in Village Haus
  • 5:00 pm – Kid’s Costume Contest
  • 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Shuter Library Mardi Gras Fundraiser at Elements – Pre Purchased Tickets Required
  • 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm – Live Music in Garden Court

Tuesday, February 28

  • 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Live Music in Village Haus
  • 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm – Mardi Gras Special Menu
  • 7:00pm to 11:00 pm – Fat Tuesday Party at the Community Center