Discussion Topic: Local Government

Look carefully for impact of Las Cruces wage hike

This month, the Las Cruces City Council assessed the early impact of the city’s 35 percent minimum wage increase, the first phase of which took effect in January 2015. Its verdict: The wage hike has not had a negative effect on the Las Cruces economy. Proponents who…

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ART Boondoggle Now Faces Legal Scrutiny

For nearly two years, skeptics, critics and opponents have assembled an impressive arsenal of arguments against Albuquerque Rapid Transit, the proposed dedicated busway along Central Avenue. The mayor, seven of nine city councilors and the city’s transportation…

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Time to Prioritize at Albuquerque City Hall

In the wake of two recent shooting tragedies and ongoing negative attention for the city of Albuquerque, Mayor Richard Berry has asked New Mexico’s Legislature to make changes to the pension system in order to allow police to return to the workforce. The Albuquerque…

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No More Santa Fe Studios Subsidies

When is $10 million in taxpayer money simply not enough? In the case of the people who already got a sweetheart deal to build Santa Fe Studios, when you can ask for $22 million more. There is likely no other business in the State of New Mexico that has received as…

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New Mexico Senate Leader Sanchez Happy With Status Quo

There is a battle under way in New Mexico over whether to be happy with the status quo or to enact free market reforms that will improve our state. Based on his efforts this session and his recent attack on me and my organization, it is clear that Sen. Michael Sanchez…

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Legislative Update Interview: Latest from the 2014 Session

I sat down with Margaret Ortiz at TBN for a discussion of the issues moving through the 2014 legislative session. Things are happening fast at this point at the Roundhouse, but this interview remains relevant as it touches on the big, controversial issues facing…

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