By a margin of 718 votes (as things stand now) Albuquerque voters rejected the complicated and onerous mandatory paid sick leave proposal that was being pushed by left-wing organizations including Olé.Voters turned out in relatively high numbers for this election which indeed had a little bit for everybody in terms of the mayor’s race, city council races, and the all-important sick leave measure.
A few initial thoughts:
- Albuquerque’s business community came together again to oppose this awful initiative. Business owners knew that passage was yet another “nail” in the coffin of an already-struggling local economy. This unity is rare, but given the number of well-funded left-wing groups operating in our State, it proved absolutely critical;
- The names are too many to name, but the constant effort and vigilance on this issue on the part of many people over the last 1.5 years laid the groundwork for this hard-fought victory;
- Clearly, many voters also considered the sick leave mandate a threat to the local economy as it is much easier to just vote for the “freebie” that is being promised as opposed to thinking through the consequences of more government regulations;
- While defeat of mandatory paid sick leave is a great victory for sanity, it is yet another “defensive” policy win. It is going to take actual market-based reforms both in Santa Fe and Albuquerque to make our City (and state) economically competitive and successful.