Discussion Topic: Local Government

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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Deregulating the Albuquerque Economy to Restore Prosperity

(Albuquerque, NM) – With the mandatory paid sick leave ballot measure rejected and a mayoral runoff looming, the Rio Grande Foundation is again pressing for policymakers to consider reforms that will improve the struggling local economy. Numerous data points...

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