Your Voice-Our Voice-One Voice

Together we are strong. 1,200 individual restaurants understand that our collective industry voice is stronger than one single restaurant voice. NMRA represents the entire restaurant industry to elected officials at all levels of government and regulatory bodies.

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Our Message

Cornerstone of New Mexico Communities

The restaurant industry is a unique part of the fabric of New Mexico.

A cornerstone of every community.

We are an industry of first jobs and second chances.

Our members are an entry point into the job market for many. And a good stepping stone to a brighter future for everyone.

Commitment to New Mexico Communities

Our responsibility is to the backbone of New Mexico’s communities — Entrepreneurship and old-fashioned hospitality.

That’s why we are committed to breaking down the barriers of over-regulation, and empowering small businesses to do what they do best: Hiring in, and enhancing local communities.

New Mexico Minimum Wage Information

at this time there are 7 different minimum wages in New Mexico. NMRA is one of the only organizations that keeps a comprehensive, detailed webpage with all of the relevant information you need to pay your people correctly.

Our legislative menu is a hit with members as well as legislators. This synopsis of the issues effecting restaurants is clear, concise and easy to understand. If you are wondering about NMRA positions on issues it’s all here and we throw in some restaurant humor to make it all palatable.

It’s important that you know who represents you, in your voting/home district and at your restaurant. Get to know these folks ask them to coffee or lunch and talk to them about issues that are important to you. Call Carol at the NMRA office 505-343-9848 if you would like a refresher on the issues important to our members.

When this button is RED you know we need your help with an urgent alert to: contact your legislator or email a congressperson. Your individual voice is important to add to the collective voice. Legislators like hearing from constituents especially ones that own and operate businesses i n their districts.

Legal and Legislative Alerts

2019 Legislation Recap

Top 10 things you need to know about the new laws going into effect on June 14 or July 1, 2019. In order of importance…details on the law pertaining to each bullet point is provided below. Your single-user restrooms will have to be: Effective July 1, 2019 made...

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Proposed Sick Leave and Plastics Ban for Albuquerque

There are two urgent issues facing businesses in Albuquerque that we need you to be aware of-- Sick Leave and a proposed plastics ban. Trick Leave is Back!!! Issue summary: When the proponents of a sick leave ordinance lost the vote in Albuquerque you might have...

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Tipped Wage

Help Servers Keep Their Tips Activist groups often misleadingly point to the $2.13 base wage for tipped employee wages, and claim that they earn less than the  minimum wage. This isn’t true: Tipped employees are guaranteed to earn at least the minimum wage and...

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What to Expect for the 2018 Legislative Session

The 30-Day Legislative Session is fast approaching. The session is set by the Constitution of NM as a budget session. Only budget items and anything the Governor places on “the call” (Proclamation) may be considered germane to the session. This will be the last...

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Fund the Albuquerque Sick Leave Campaign

We have had many victories in our attempt to promote pro-business messages against the sick leave initiative in Albuquerque. We won the attempt to keep the initiative off of the 2016 November ballot. We won the argument against putting a misleading summary on the...

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CEO Op-Ed on Albuquerque Sick Leave

A recent opinion piece by an Albuquerque restaurant owner shows she is passionately in support of a sick leave ordinance. Unfortunately, it appears she has not read and analyzed the entire ordinance or she would have a better appreciation and understanding of the...

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