Opening statements by Chairman Steve Pearce:
The state should be addressing the Coronavirus situation with more urgency and agility.
The state government needs to pay attention to small business.
The social distancing practices can be followed by small business as well or better than the large business.
331,000 are employed by small business, 56% of the New Mexico Workforce.
Over 50% are owned by women.
Local bank lobbies are shut down, banks in big box stores are functioning normally.
He has been inundated by calls from employees of small businesses that have lost their jobs.
Some counties have no, or few cases and are shut down like counties with high numbers of cases.
Hotels, motels and RV parks in south eastern New Mexico requested and got a waiver, because of the shortage of housing. There has been no evidence of increased spread.
Has been in business for 43 years.
The impact on the restaurant trickles down to vendors, suppliers, and the service industry, such as laundry and repair.
People forming larger households.
People moving to larger cities.
People going to work for national chains for job security.
are exacerbating fissures in the economy of New Mexico and revea weaknesses in the infrastructure, especially in regards to high speed internet and education.
Economic shifts can also cost lives!
The restaurant shut down, the package sales forced to close, meanwhile big box stores still open for alcohol sales.
Breweries are allowed to stay open for package sales.
The community is very upset.
Coop requiring 10% reduction in production or face penalties.
Losing money on every gallon of milk produced.
30% drop in beef prices for ranchers
The impact on farmers and ranchers goes far into the future as they make decisions for future based on current conditions and finances.
Small businesses are going broke and they do not have the resources to cope that large, national chains have.