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New Mexico Restaurants
Locations – 3,290
Employees –90,300 – 12% of employment in the state 2016
Industry Sales (as forecast) – $3.3 billion
Projected job growth by 2026 – 10% increase.
Industry-generated Gross Receipts Tax – $216 million
Locations – 1 Million+
Employees –14.4 Million
2016 Industry Sales (as forecast) – $782.7 billion
Carol Wight, CEO
505-343-9848, 505-250-2911 (cell) or 800-432-0740
Allison Kuper Smith, Lobbyist
Liquor or Soft Drink Excise Taxes – Oppose
On behalf of its membership, NMRA will oppose liquor or soft drink excise taxes. These are taxes placed on liquor or
soft drinks at the manufacturer or wholesale level, which in essence constitute hidden fees on New Mexicans that are regressive and create pyramiding taxation. New Mexicans already pay among the highest liquor taxes in the nation.
Local Option Liquor Tax Increase – Oppose
NMRA opposes legislation that would allow counties to impose additional liquor taxes if supported by a local option election. The liquor excise tax already collected is among the highest tax of its kind in the nation. New Mexico counties receive a generous portion of the funds collected from the state liquor excise tax.
Liquor Tax Percentage Allocation Increase – Support
NMRA supported the liquor excise tax increase in 1994 to be used for DWI prevention and treatment programs. Currently only 34.57% of the liquor excise tax presently being collected is going to prevention and treatment programs. We support this fund going to these programs. not support additional taxes.not support additional taxes.
All entrees are served with a healthy portion of New Mexico Restaurant Association initiatives and legislative issues.
Uniformity in Employment Law – Support
NMRA supports legislation to keep authority for employment practices at the state or federal level. Businesses are already subject to state and federal employment laws and audits. Municipalities that pass employment laws have to create additional enforcement and auditing capabilities thus creating an additional burden on businesses and employees. It makes sense to have this authority vested with the state or federal government. This also maintains a level playing field across political subdivisions and removes confusion for businesses operating in multiple locations around the state.
Increased Funding for Tourism Advertising – Support
We support investing in tourism marketing to bring in new dollars, to create new jobs and to showcase our beautiful state. The New Mexico Tourism Department has clearly demonstrated that money spent on marketing New Mexico outside the state has huge benefits for the state’s economy. For every $1 spent in tourism advertising, we see $3 in state and local taxes and over $30 spent in local economies. 3,000 new jobs were created in the leisure and hospitality sector.
Regulatory Reform – Support
NMRA supports legislation that provides for a consistent, transparent and predictable regulatory system that protects New Mexicans, fosters a good business climate and encourages job growth and development.
Minimum Wage – Reasonable
Because restaurants provide many ﬁrst job opportunities (one in three American’s get their ﬁrst job in restaurants), our industry is hardest hit when minimum wages increase. Therefore we advocate for reasonable increases that will not place jobs and businesses in jeopardy. Minimum wage increases are especially difﬁcult for small businesses to absorb. We ask that the legislature keep this in mind when considering an increase.
Tipped Wage – Support
Activist groups often misleadingly point to the $2.13 tipped wage supplement and claim that tipped employees earn less than the minimum wage. This isn’t true: Tipped employees are guaranteed to earn at least the minimum wage and typically earn much more. Census Bureau data show that the average hourly wage for a restaurant employee earning tip income is $13.08, with top earners bringing in $24 an hour or more. Keep tipped jobs by supporting tipped wages.
Did you know this about know NM restaurateurs?
- 85 PERCENT GIVE FOOD
- 79 PERCENT DONATE CASH
- 40 PERCENT PROVIDE SPACE FOR EVENTS