Discussion Topic: Local Government

Use budget surplus for tax and pension reform

The following appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News on Sunday, September 16, 2018 The announcement that New Mexico’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is now $1.2 billion in surplus is welcome news. After a decade of fiscal and economic challenges, there are signs of...

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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 claim will improve the...

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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 applaud Keller for this...

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Local victories are freeing New Mexico workers

The following appeared in the Washington Examiner on April 26, 2018:             Right-to-work policies have spread like wildfire across the country in recent years, but the latest movement is happening at the local level. It started in Kentucky, and then localities...

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This article appeared in ABQ Biz First on Monday, March 5, 2018. Albuquerque’s City Council will soon vote on yet another gross receipts tax (GRT) hike. If adopted, the rate will have risen from 5.8125 percent to 7.875 percent, a nearly 52 percent increase, since...

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Other counties could benefit from Sandoval County’s lead

For years, New Mexicans have watched liberal politicians in New Mexico’s Legislature stand in the way of economic reform. Right to work, school choice, tax reform and repeal of our state’s “prevailing wage” law are just some of the economically impactful policy...

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Right to Work About Economic Development

          As the head of the Rio Grande Foundation, a free market think tank that works to research and educate New Mexicans on the importance of free markets and personal liberty, I have been as involved in the debate over “right to work” as anyone in our State....

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New Mexico K-12 Spending Sorely Lacking Transparency

When it comes to understanding and holding government accountable, the first requirement is transparency. The Rio Grande Foundation has been researching and analyzing government in New Mexico for a long time and has thus been among the State’s strongest supporters of...

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Santa Fe Tax hike for affordable housing a terrible idea

The Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association is working to get Santa Fe City Council support for a bond financing scheme to raise $2.5 million annually to provide more affordable and rental-unit housing. If successful, the association hopes to get the measure on the...

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