Discussion Topic: Education

Gov. Martinez was Right to Wield Veto Pen

There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most other states in the union) remains in the midst of tough times....

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‘Soda Tax’ Unwarranted, Unworkable

ALBUQUERQUE, April 17 -- The “No Way Santa Fe” education initiative, a project of the Rio Grande Foundation, released an issue brief today that exposes the fallacies behind Mayor Javier Gonzales’s proposed tax on sugary drinks. On May 2, Santa Feans will vote on the...

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Las Cruces TV interview: Preview of 2017 legislative session

Paul Gessing was recently in Las Cruces and sat down with Fred Martino of KRWG TV to discuss some of the issues that Rio Grande Foundation is working on and some of the issues facing our State in the 2017 legislative session. The interview is about 15 minutes and can...

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A Dubious Bet on College and Economic Development

This year marks the 20th anniversary of New Mexico's Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, there isn't much to celebrate. A well-intentioned attempt to boost access to higher learning in the Land of Enchantment, the program was crafted by a...

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New Mexico: Land of the Free Lunch (and breakfast)?

The economist Milton Friedman famously said (as have other economists) that there's no such thing as a "free" lunch. Apparently, Dr. Friedman never visited New Mexico. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, New Mexico has a higher proportion of its...

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