Bob Parmelee of Santa Fe describes in gory detail why voters throughout New Mexico — not just in Albuquerque — should be worried about the budgetary impact of the Albuquerque trolley system now moving through City Council. He also has a few kind words for the work of the Rio Grande Foundation.
If you have followed New Mexico politics and the Rio Grande Foundation at all over the past year, you are probably aware of the RailRunner commuter rail train and the streetcar system that is now being fast-tracked through City Council by Mayor Chavez. I attended a public hearing on the RailRunner in Santa Fe on […]Decidedly New Mexican
Considering the “thumpin’” received by Republicans in the recent elections, it is mind-boggling that the lame duck group that should have learned its lesson is instead continuing to earmark and spend its way to electoral oblivion. According to Brian Reidl of the Heritage Foundation, this year’s final 11 appropriations bills for fiscal year 2007, which […]Economics in Focus
Given the incredible number of tax breaks given to New Mexico’s film industry, one might be led to believe that the industry is completely benign and obviusly beneficial regardless of whether the policies that bring the industry here in the first place are economically sound. Unfortunately (for film backers at least), a recent UCLA study […]Energy and Environment
Recently on the pages of the Albuquerque Tribune, the Rio Grande Foundation and New Mexico Voices for Children have traded jabs on the issue of whether a Colorado-style Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights would be a boon or a bust for New Mexico. While the answers to most of her criticisms are contained in my original […]Economics in Focus
Although it would be easy to interpret the Democratic Party’s victory as a call by voters for bigger government, a new opinion poll clearly shows that while the American people have been frustated by the foibles of Republicans, their votes for change should not be confused with favoring higher taxes or more government spending. Among […]The Budget
The Rio Grande Foundation has often criticized special interest tax breaks and subsidies, so, when Larry Barker, Channel 13’s investigative journalist broke a recent story about shenanigans involving New Mexico’s film tax credit program, he contacted us for comment. The stories are posted here. Gessing appears in both stories.Decidedly New Mexican
As Democrats ascend to power and Republicans begin picking up the pieces of electoral defeat, there is a lot of spin going on as to what the big issues were that caused the Republicans to lose Congress. One particularly confusing bit of “analysis” was recently performed by the folks over at the Republican Main Street […]The Budget