The Lt. Governor has no real power. She sits on boards, presides over the Senate, votes in cases of a tie, etc. But she has a small staff, and no executive powers to direct any part of state government. Yet, she flew around the state for brief meetings, photo ops and parades. Sometimes her only […]
A new study called “Taxifornia,” by the free-market Pacific Research Institute studies state tax burdens and mechanisms for tax collection nationwide. As you might be able to assume from the study’s title, California does not perform especially well. In fact, according to the study, California’s state and local spending as a share of gross state […]
If you haven’t been following the debate over Albuquerque’s budget, government employee unions are winning. The debate is over whether to cut the employee pay by about 3% as Mayor Berry has proposed or whether to raise taxes or embark on some other hare-brained schemes (like looking for precious metals in local landfills…why don’t they […]
In case you missed it, our investigative journalist over at New Mexico Watchdog, Jim Scarantino, has done it again. This time he exposed the inappropriate use of state vehicles at the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Channel 7 picked up the story and ran with it.
University of New Mexico’s president David Schmidly responded to my comment in the Albuquerque Journal, in which I pointed out that while Central New Mexico Community College has found cost-savings per student, University of New Mexico has increased costs per student. While the response is appreciated, UNM’s president has not responded to the substance of […]
Good to see that we at the Rio Grande Foundation are not the only ones concerned with the costs associated with the Rail Runner. Mark Mathis penned an enlightening and humorous op-ed in the Albuquerque Journal demanding that our political leaders put a stop to the boondoggle. Find out more about national views on the […]
We at the Rio Grande Foundation usually tackle state and local spending here in New Mexico, but the Los Alamos labs are a major federal investment in the Land of Enchantment. I recently teamed with the folks over at the left-leaning Los Alamos Study Group to discuss some massively expensive spending projects that have been […]
The Contract From America is excellent, you can sign on here. Read the full Contract below. It is far stronger than the Contract with America. The Contract from America We, the undersigned, call upon those seeking to represent us in public office to sign the Contract from America and by doing so commit to support […]
Are you concerned that your kids are being bombarded with pro-green propaganda in their school? If so, check out Balanced Education for Everyone. The organization is helping parents fight the bureaucracy and stop Al Gore and his extremist propaganda from providing one-sided fear-mongering to impressionable children. If you want to find out more and actually […]
New Mexico has made some dramatic strides in making government more accessible to citizens and taxpayers. I congratulate deserving political leaders for their efforts and outline some ways in which further improvement could be achieve in this recent article.