At the Rio Grande Foundation we focus on good public policy reforms and we’ll be doing that again when the new Legislature convenes in January. That said, New Mexico relies heavily on oil production and, in case you haven’t been paying attention, since early October prices are down dramatically from the mid-$70 range to the […]
Cuts. Cuts. Cuts. So, so, so many cuts. Listen long enough to the big spenders who populate the Land of Enchantment’s political establishment, and you might become convinced that for many years now, Santa Fe has “slashed” spending on “vital public services,” putting New Mexicans’ safety at risk while failing to adequately “invest in […]
Errors of Enchantment has repeatedly documented how “all the corporate-welfare schemes implemented to promote aerospace in the Land of Enchantment [are] yielding zilch in results.” But more bad news arrived yesterday, when Honeywell Aerospace “told employees at its 500,000-square-foot plant … that all Albuquerque-based aerospace work would be relocated to … sites in Arizona, Florida […]
There has been tremendous interest in the APS decision to ask voters for a 19% tax increase. RGF president Paul Gessing sat down with Madeline Schmitt of KRQE Channel 13 to discuss the issue.
RGF president Paul Gessing attended the APS board meeting at which the tax hike was placed on the ballot (and spoke against the tax hike). This would be a 19% tax hike in APS’ share of property taxes. Gessing spoke to KOB TV Channel 4 and that interview is below: Gessing was also quoted in […]
A Democratic Party blue wave swept through New Mexico’s 2018 elections. Paul, Dowd and Wally analyze what happened and what it may mean for New Mexico public policy in coming years. The “election analysis team” also takes a look at how their election predictions fared in the bright light of the actual results.
The 2018 election in New Mexico will go down as a “blue wave.” Democrats won all 12 statewide races including races for governor, US senate, and numerous other races including for the judiciary. In virtually every close race the Democrat won and, while it is too close to call as I write this, Congressional District […]
On Wednesday 7 November 2018, the ABQ Public School Board (APS) will meet at 5:00 P.M. to debate a proposed 19.4% increase in property taxes for homeowners and others in the APS School District. If passed on Wednesday, the tax hike will be voted on in a mail-in election on February 5, 2019. Elections matter. […]
With renewal of a gross receipts tax on the ballot in several northern New Mexico counties (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) to fund the Rail Runner and related services, the Rio Grande Foundation requested updated annual ridership information. After years of decline and despite an improving New Mexico economy, ridership on the […]
Take a quick look at the Twitter feed of NM Voices for Children and staffers like Bill Jordan and you will find a constant stream of pleas for bigger government, higher taxes, and more spending. A few samples: Gov. Martinez’ “61 tax cuts forced cuts to education, health care & public safety.” “Tax cuts do […]