NMTC 2016-2017 Policy Agenda
Through its local and national partnerships, the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) is dedicated to empowering and mobilizing the New Mexico technology community to impact legislative and regulatory issues important to growth, innovation, and job creation. An association representing more than 150 IT and technology related companies, NMTC aims to develop and implement thoughtful policy that successfully supports our members’ interests and encourages Technology Based Economic Development (TBED), workforce development, and STEM education.
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2016-2017 Priority Issues
For 2016-2017, the following issues will guide our policy efforts, unless changed by the Policy Committee of NMTC:
- Support New and Emerging Technology Platforms through Thoughtful Policies
- Support Skills for the 21st Century Workforce
- Advance Tax & Regulatory Policies that Spur Innovation
- Lead in Secure Internet Based Platform Technologies
- Address Availability and Delivery of Broadband Communications
- Expand Markets and Advocate for Sensible Rules of Global Trade
Support New and Emerging Technology through Thoughtful Policies
Advancements in cloud computing, big data/data analytics, mobility, M2M, unified communications platforms, and other Internet-based applications are rapidly creating new opportunities for economic advancement while also raising a host of new public policy considerations.
Support Skills for the 21st Century Workforce
The New Mexico Technology Council uniquely sits at the intersection of innovation, education and economic growth. We support policies that expand life-long education in the computer sciences and basic IT skills, and promote a skilled workforce that spurs job growth and our ability to compete globally.
- Support workforce development and CTE programs, especially in STEM fields.
- Prioritize education and training that leads to portable, industry-recognized credentials.
- Support and develop legislative initiatives which encourage minorities, veterans and under-represented communities to pursue IT and STEM career paths.
- Ensure the government workforce has necessary IT security skills.
Advance Tax & Regulatory Policies that Spur Innovation
The US technology industry is a $1 trillion market and employs approximately 5.7 million Americans. Discipline and targeted funding for investments in innovation are essential to continue economic growth. We support reasonable tax policies that promote research and development (R&D), innovation, entrepreneurship, and capital investment.
- Support a tax code that is fair for the technology industry
- Ensure simplicity and fairness in interstate taxation
Lead in Secure Internet Based Platform Technologies
Economic expansion in IT rests on the creation of new and innovative business models which leverage Internet based platforms that are trusted, secure and accessible. We support common sense data and cybersecurity policies.
Address availability and delivery of broadband communications
The Internet is the infrastructure of the global economy. To ensure innovation, economic growth and social interaction, it is imperative that we keep the Internet open, encourage universal availability of high-speed internet service and find ways to get more New Mexicans online.
- Support balanced and enforceable Open Internet rules that include transparency and protections against blocking and unreasonable discrimination.
- Support policies that promote broadband competition and expand access to high-speed internet by encouraging private sector investment and removing barriers to the deployment of high-speed internet networks.
- Promote policies to get more New Mexicans online to increase broadband adoption.
- Advocate for policies to make more spectrum available.
Expand Markets and Advocate for Sensible Rules of Global Trade
95% of the global market resides outside of the United States and yet just 1% of U.S. businesses export to those markets. The rules of trade – export and customs regulations, fair and reciprocal treatment, transparency – impact the flow of goods and services that make up the supply chain of technology products which meet the needs of businesses and consumers. We support trade policies that create a level playing field for technology companies to compete in the global marketplace and provide their goods and services to consumers at home and abroad.
Chair – Terri Nikole Baca – Director of External Affairs, AT&T New Mexico
Devon Moody – Associate Attorney at O’Brien & Padilla, PC
Curt Schatz – United Healthcare
Eric Griego – HoldMyTicket
Ben Lewinger – Senior Vice President, Strategies360
Erin Muffoletto Baca – President, Muffoletto Government Relations, LLC