Jonathan Williams is Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy for the American Legislative Exchange Council and co-author of the 2021 Laffer-ALEC Report on Economic Freedom: Grading America’s 50 Governors (Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Donna Arduin & Jonathan Williams). Carla Sonntag is the Founder and Executive Director of the New Mexico Business Coalition.
Jonathan said, “This is not a republican democrat issue; this is an up or down issue when it comes to how successful states can be. We have these 50 laboratories of democracy. There is a lot of learning to be done about what works and what doesn’t work. We (https://alec.org/) are looking to provide best practices and solutions for how to make states more prosperous, and whether the Governor has a ‘D’ or an ‘R’ after their name matters none to us.”
Carla talks about the New Mexico Business Coalition’s perspective on the Governor’s agenda for the 55th Legislative Session in New Mexico:
EDUCATION – Proposed raises for educators – The reality of free college
CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM – Fund to hire and train more public safety officers – Keeping violent offenders off New Mexico streets – • Increasing penalties for violent offenders –
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – Cutting gross receipts taxes – Expanding the Buy New Mexico Initiative – New Mexico as a national hydrogen hub – Establishing a state Media Academy – Expanding job training and economic development programs
ENVIRONMENT – Creating the Land of Enchantment Bond – Reaching net-zero by 2050 – Setting a clean fuel standard
HEALTH, WELL-BEING, AND QUALITY OF LIFE – Improving the New Mexico Veterans Home – Significantly expanding ballot access – Supporting rural health care delivery