Martinez lauds companies that committ...

Martinez lauds companies that committed to Alamo

There are 7 comments on the Alamogordo Daily News story from Jun 14, 2013, titled Martinez lauds companies that committed to Alamo. In it, Alamogordo Daily News reports that:

Gov. Susana Martinez joined Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela along with the Otero County Economic Development Council to celebrate three companies for their commitment to locate to Alamogordo.

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Michael Morris

Carrizozo, NM

#1 Jun 14, 2013
"In 2011, Martinez's administration helped PreCheck, a background verification company, maintain 30 jobs that would have otherwise left and gone to Texas because of prohibitive licensing hurdles."

That sounds good right? Regulations strangling business. On the other hand there are the facts.
http://www.gonm.biz/uploads/PressRelease/6a12...

"SANTA FE – Last month, the New Mexico Economic Development Department's Office of Business Advocacy was contacted by PreCheck, Inc., an Alamogordo background check company, regarding an increase in license fees for private investigators that took place in May 2010. The fee increase from $35 to $300 per license made New Mexico less competitive than other states for license renewals and placed a burden on companies like PreCheck that license dozens of private investigators.

PreCheck was considering the transfer of 30 employees from Alamogordo to its Houston office as a cost-saving measure. The Office of Business Advocacy brought this and the issue of the increase of the license fees to the attention of the Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD) on behalf of PreCheck."

So the licensing fees went up under a schedule implemented under Martinez own administration and now takes credit for "saving" jobs. In the article she seems to be channeling Richardson.

So just how much is this licensing increase? It must be big to justify relocation of 30-40 employees, right?

"Licensure renewals for PreCheck for 68 private investigators every other year is burdensome to the business."

68 employees.

"The cost of “second tier” license issued as an employee of a private investigator went from $25 every two years to $200."

So a increase of $175 per biennial period. Lets do the math.
68 employees x $175 =$11,900 every 2 years

So the annual cost of background checks on the background checkers is $5,950.

So for less than $6,000/yr. Precheck was going to setup work space and infrastructure for 30-40 employees in TX?

Commitment indeed!
Michael Morris

Carrizozo, NM

#2 Jun 14, 2013
It was pointed out that the actual dollar saving of such a move would only apply to the 30 Precheck threatened to move to TX.

Let's do the math again
30 x 175 =$2,625
but TX charges $33 biennially so that bites into the savings $8 each.
30 x 8 =$240

So in the end Precheck stood to save $2,225 a year in license fees by relocating 30 employees back to TX.
Tulie rez

Alamogordo, NM

#3 Jun 14, 2013
Back into your hole with ya Morris
Michael Morris

Carrizozo, NM

#4 Jun 14, 2013
Houston Firm Bringing 200 Jobs to Alamogordo

"The state has granted the company incentives that include $2.4 million in high wage tax credits and $1.5 million in job training funds. Alamogordo has made a commitment to the firm for a cash grant of $625,000 over the next five years."
http://www.abqjournal.com/biz/apjobs02-13-06....

7 years later 68 employees and a few thousand will send them packing.

You think Woolsey just screws with these idiots just for fun?
Tulie rez

Alamogordo, NM

#5 Jun 14, 2013
Oh I see, you are also an unemployed loser.

Since: Sep 08

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#6 Jun 14, 2013
Michael Morris wrote:
"In 2011, Martinez's administration helped PreCheck, a background verification company, maintain 30 jobs that would have otherwise left and gone to Texas because of prohibitive licensing hurdles."
That sounds good right? Regulations strangling business. On the other hand there are the facts.
http://www.gonm.biz/uploads/PressRelease/6a12...
"SANTA FE – Last month, the New Mexico Economic Development Department's Office of Business Advocacy was contacted by PreCheck, Inc., an Alamogordo background check company, regarding an increase in license fees for private investigators that took place in May 2010. The fee increase from $35 to $300 per license made New Mexico less competitive than other states for license renewals and placed a burden on companies like PreCheck that license dozens of private investigators.
PreCheck was considering the transfer of 30 employees from Alamogordo to its Houston office as a cost-saving measure. The Office of Business Advocacy brought this and the issue of the increase of the license fees to the attention of the Regulation and Licensing Department (RLD) on behalf of PreCheck."
So the licensing fees went up under a schedule implemented under Martinez own administration and now takes credit for "saving" jobs. In the article she seems to be channeling Richardson.
So just how much is this licensing increase? It must be big to justify relocation of 30-40 employees, right?
"Licensure renewals for PreCheck for 68 private investigators every other year is burdensome to the business."
68 employees.
"The cost of “second tier” license issued as an employee of a private investigator went from $25 every two years to $200."
So a increase of $175 per biennial period. Lets do the math.
68 employees x $175 =$11,900 every 2 years
So the annual cost of background checks on the background checkers is $5,950.
So for less than $6,000/yr. Precheck was going to setup work space and infrastructure for 30-40 employees in TX?
Commitment indeed!
Who was the governor when this passed in the legislature?
Ferret killa

Alamogordo, NM

#8 Jun 15, 2013
Get honest wrote:
<quoted text>
The legislature only established a "not to exceed" cap on license fees. The costs are required to cover the cost of regulating the industry. Those costs are set by RLD. In other words the fee is set by the current administration.
Now instead of trying to divert the conversation away from the real issue why not just deal with the reality.
Precheck received millions in taxpayer handouts. Precheck has not reached 30% of its jobs promises. precheck threatened to move 30 jobs to TX over less than $2500 a year. Martinez and her stumblebums decided to make a big deal of this $2500 disguising it as a licensing issue for the speaking engagement.
In the end the deal is that a lot of state executive time was spent dealing with Precheck's empty threat and whining over a few thousand dollars intended to pay for background checks of employees given access to very personal information.
What do you suppose the cost of moving 30 jobs to Houston costs? The wages are also higher there. RLD and this governor should have called their bluff.
And the Mrs. chirps in..

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