Still don’t think Right to Work matters for job growth and site selectors (identifiable info has been removed, but if you are a site selector, preferably in New Mexico, I’d be happy to put you in touch with the site selector). You can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org I received the following email recently: Hello Paul: […]
On this podcast Paul and Dowd talk free trade with George Mason University economist and prominent Cafe Hayek blogger Donald Boudreaux. Among the issues discussed are how to think about international trade? What are the benefits to trade? What could happen to the US economy and stock markets if trade is reduced?
The US federal government is NOT flush with cash. In fact, it is in debt to the tune of $21 trillion plus (as seen below): Visit USADebtClock.com to learn more! But, within the span of about 24 hours the federal government handed $75 million to the City of Albuquerque for the ART bus system which […]
On this week’s podcast Dowd and Paul discuss the “tiny homes” proposal being considered for the homeless in the Albuquerque area. Is this a good idea? What has happened elsewhere this has been tried? Dowd and Paul then briefly discuss the property tax vote in Las Cruces, diversion of state 911 funds during 2016 (while […]
The latest state freedom rankings from the Cato Institute are out. Uniquely among state ratings, Cato ranks both economic and personal freedom issues. The results are not surprising. New Mexico performs poorly on most economic and education issues but is among the freest on personal freedom of any US state. The full report is here, […]
The Albuquerque Journal recently offered a “post-mortem” on the Rail Runner financing deal that should have received more attention. The Rio Grande Foundation has been THE leading critic of the commuter train, but aside from the overall cost and the balloon payments (which were recently refinanced) we haven’t focused too much on the shenanigans involved […]
The folks at Thumbtack have reported the results of their annual “small business friendliness” survey. Not surprisingly, Albuquerque (and by extension the State Legislature) have some serious work to do to make the Land of Enchantment a more “enchanting” place to do business. While New Mexico’s unemployment rate is down to 4.7%, we still haven’t […]
Paul and Dowd discuss the details of both New Mexico gubernatorial candidates education reform ideas. Not surprisingly, there are big differences between Lujan-Grisham’s and Pearce’s plans. Paul and Dowd offer their analysis and insights on the plans presented as well as ideas about what true reform might look like.
Libertarians and free market conservatives are often told that they are unduly skeptical about government. Come on, we’re told, “government is the cost we pay for civilized society.” Right. The reality is that governments (including but by no means only New Mexico) tends to prioritize non-essential services while de-prioritizing the things we often think of […]
Paul and Dowd discuss New Mexico’s gas tax and the State’s infrastructure system as a whole (also whether a gas tax hike is needed). It was another big week for Right to Work with San Juan County becoming the 8th New Mexico county to adopt an ordinance. Missouri also voted on Right to Work, but […]