"We all want a vibrant New Mexico that generates more good-paying jobs for current and future generations," said Carrie Hamblen, CEO/President of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. "Great strides can be made in realizing that vision by enacting common-sense solutions such as reforming the state's gross receipts tax laws and exemptions, which six in ten surveyed business leaders strongly back."
New Mexico's business leaders were also asked to rate their level of support for proposals that the state Legislature may consider adopting. Consistent with the previous studies, the vast majority of leaders support each proposal tested. In fact, support for each proposal has risen since the previous studies.
- Over nine-in-ten (92%) leaders somewhat (17%) or strongly support (75%) the proposal requiring all political contributions and expenditures from individuals, corporations, political action committees (PACs), non-profits, or unions be made public.
- Over eight-in-ten (83%) leaders say they somewhat or strongly support the creation of an independent Ethics Commission to establish and enforce rules regarding the ethical behavior and actions of state officials. Of note, 82% were supportive in the 2016 study and 76% were supportive in the 2015 study.
- The vast majority (89%) of business leaders either strongly (66%) or somewhat support (23%) continuing to place limits on how much individuals and PACs can give to candidates. The percentage of leaders who are strongly supportive has increased since the previous study (66% currently compared to 59% in the 2016 study).
- An increase since the 2016 study, nearly nine-in-ten (88%) leaders currently say they somewhat or strongly support reforming New Mexico's gross receipts tax laws and exemptions (79% were supportive in the 2016 study).
- Eight-in-ten (79%) leaders say they somewhat or strongly support restricting the number of no-bid contracts that are given to private businesses by state government (77% were supportive in the 2016 study).
"New Mexico's business leaders want a level playing field – one where all have a fair shot at thriving in the marketplace," said Leah Messina, CEO of Sinuate Media. "Increasing transparency and accelerating ethics reform will go a long way toward achieving a sound, balanced environment for job creation."
The poll and its methodology can be read here.
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Joseph DiBlasi, CED
Brian Sanderoff, Research & Polling
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