Discussion Topic: Open Government

Tough Choices Needed for New Mexico to Take Off

Recently, site-selection expert John Boyd was interviewed about New Mexico’s chances for getting the Tesla “gigafactory.” His comments were very enlightening. He said that manufacturing companies seek reasons to eliminate states when considering where to build major...

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First Amendment Doesn’t Need Amending

At 45 just words, the First Amendment has been a bulwark in protecting unpopular speech in the United States for more than 200 years. Whether that speech involved flag burning, the KKK, or unpopular political speech, the Amendment’s clear and concise statement that...

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Applaud and Expand Transparency in Aztec

The City of Aztec is to be applauded for posting a variety of budget and bid information online in an effort to expand transparency and openness in local government. My organization, the Rio Grande Foundation, has been a leader in actually requesting and publishing...

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How did Transparency Fare in the 2015 New Mexico Legislature

How did transparency and open government fare during New Mexico’s 2015 legislative session? Prior to the 2015 session, I urged legislators to consider a variety of reforms. Some of my ideas were discussed and acted upon while others were ignored completely. Change...

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Only in New Mexico: $166,000 for Study That Doesn’t Exist

Only in New Mexico and only under former Gov. Bill Richardson would the government hire consultants for a study that doesn't exist. I was interviewed by KRQE Channel 13 for a story relating to Richardson's efforts, specifically the commissioning of a $166,000...

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New RGF Issue Brief: No Legislation Without Representation!

(Albuquerque) For all of the problems facing our elected officials in Congress particularly and Washington, DC, in general, a new Rio Grande Foundation paper details how the underpinnings of our republic are being undermined by the never-ending growth of the federal...

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