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Tracking and comparing federal COVID 19 spending in New Mexico

KOAT TV Channel 7 and the Rio Grande Foundation are both tracking COVID 19 spending in New Mexico. You can find an interactive chart for New Mexico and other states here. Notably, New Mexico's COVID 19 spending is concentrated in areas of the State that have had...

RGF president Paul Gessing discusses NM’s Unemployment Insurance System on KOAT Channel 7

Due to the shutdown of New Mexico's economy during the COVID19 outbreak New Mexico businesses have had to furlough or let go large numbers of their workers. This is going to potentially have seriousrepurcussions for the State's unemployment insurance fund and the...

Support the Rio Grande Foundation through AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the Rio Grande Foundation.

Tax increases in New Mexico would be a mistake

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing recently penned this op-ed along with Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform. The piece appeared in numerous publications around the State. New Mexico is facing a budget deficit due to the combined forces of Gov. Lujan...

Albuquerque to pay nearly $100,000 for “social distance” fireworks displays

The Rio Grande Foundation always is on the lookout for unnecessary government spending. With this Independence Day "on lockdown" the City of Albuquerque chose to spend nearly $100,000 to put on four fireworks displays instead of the usual one at Balloon Fiesta Park...

Errors of Enchantment

The official blog of the Rio Grande Foundation.

Tipping Point New Mexico

The official podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation.

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2020 Freedom Index

The 2020 Freedom Index Results are out! How did your legislators fare on freedom?

Taxpayer Protection Pledge

In an effort to protect taxpayers in the aftermath of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the Rio Grande Foundation sent a letter to candidates for legislative offices requesting they sign the Economic Downturn Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

We are building a New Mexico where liberty, opportunity, and prosperity flourish.

The mission of the Rio Grande Foundation is to increase liberty and prosperity for all of New Mexico by informing citizens of the importance of individual freedom, limited government, and economic opportunity.