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Riding the Rails to Financial Disaster!
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Albuquerque Needs a New Bus Stop (Strategy)!
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Self-Sustaining When? Heaven Only Knows!
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Why is Hollywood Panhandling in New Mexico?
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Higher Taxes ... the Last Thing New Mexico Needs!
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New Mexico's Extraction Industries ... What Next?

New Mexico's Top Issues

Enough with the happy talk about New Mexico’s economy

Sometimes it seems that New Mexico’s economic-development cheerleaders live in an alternate reality. We all want New Mexico to be prosperous and wealthy, but anyone who believes that the state’s economy is doing well these days is simply not paying...
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NM Behavioral Health System Can, and Must, Be Reformed

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s behavioral-healthcare system is in crisis. This is widely acknowledged. The administration of Gov. Susana Martinez took dramatic steps in 2013 when she suspended Medicaid payments to nonprofit providers due to suspicions...
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2015 Payrolls for New Mexico’s Institutes of Higher Education

New Mexico’s Higher Education Payrolls The Rio Grande Foundation strongly supports open government and transparency. To that end, the Foundation regularly requests public records and posts them online in an effort to make public records more...
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The Rio Grande Foundation is a research institute dedicated to increasing liberty and prosperity for all of New Mexico's citizens. We do this by informing New Mexicans of the importance of individual freedom, limited government and economic opportunity.

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Accidental Criminals: Why New Mexico Needs Mens Rea (criminal intent) Reform

(Albuquerque) New Mexico could make significant improvements to its criminal justice system by embracing a common-law principle called mens rea. A new Rio Grande Foundation paper describes in detail why the New Mexico Legislature should embrace the...
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The Liberty Movement and New Mexico

Recently, Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing sat down with Fred Martino of KRWG-TV in Las Cruces. Unlike most television appearances, Gessing was not being called upon to debate a liberal on issues of limited government in New Mexico....
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Duel in the Desert Debate Video

The video of last night’s “Duel in the Desert” debate between myself and former gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber is now up: 9-8-14 Duel in Desert: Paul Gessing and Alan Webber debate the New Mexico Economy (moderated by Gene...
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