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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?

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Las Cruces Voters Should Reject Big Tax Hike In Bond Election

      The following appeared on KRWG on August 14, 2018 Las Cruces voters are currently casting mail-in ballots to decide the fate of a proposed property-tax hike aimed at generating millions of dollars for various expenditures that proponents...

We shouldn’t need government permission to work

The approximately 250,000 workers in New Mexico who are directly impacted by the regulations and fees of the state's licensing boards aren't just barbers, construction workers, designers and massage therapists. Some are single moms, or single dads....

Gessing Column: Moody’s downgrade is a warning for NM

The following article appeared at NMPolitics.net on July 6, 2018. COMMENTARY: Despite a $600 million surplus and an unemployment rate that has dropped to an almost-respectable 5.1 percent, New Mexico’s economy is in dire shape. This bearish view of...

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Rio Grande Foundation Videos

ABQ Mayor Keller’s credit card conservatism

The Rio Grande Foundation was recently asked to comment on a story involving Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller's decision NOT to use a City credit card. Instead, as the story notes, he will be using his own personal money for various expenses. We...

Gessing talks 2018 New Mexico Legislative session & what to do w/ Spaceport, RailRunner, & other government boondoggles

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing recently sat down with KRWG's Fred Martino. We discuss the Spaceport and ongoing issues there and then move on to talking about the 2018 Legislature and why voters should be so skeptical of government...

RGF’s Paul Gessing comments on Bernalillo County spending for investigations of employees

The Rio Grande Foundation is always concerned with government's propensity to spend money unnecessarily. So, when KOB-TV asked for comment on Bernalillo County using private investigators to track government workers suspected of not doing their...