Discussion Topic: Tax & Budget

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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Gessing Column: Moody’s downgrade is a warning for NM

The following article appeared at NMPolitics.net on July 6, 2018. COMMENTARY: Despite a $600 million surplus and an unemployment rate that has dropped to an almost-respectable 5.1 percent, New Mexico’s economy is in dire shape. This bearish view of New Mexico’s...

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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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Holtec could bring high-paying jobs, tax benefits

New Mexico’s elected leaders and many citizens often claim to be interested in “diversifying the economy” and attracting good-paying new jobs to our state. When push comes to shove, however, schizophrenia reigns. Policymakers often outdo themselves throwing subsidies...

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NM needs to use oil and gas bonanza wisely

The following appeared at NMPolitics.net on May 29, 2018. COMMENTARY: New Mexico policymakers and citizens received some good economic news recently. Thanks to the much-maligned process known as fracking, oil production in the Permian Basin in Southeast New Mexico is...

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What Big Wind doesn’t tell us

Earlier this month, the Washington, D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association came to Santa Fe to release its national “market” report for 2017. The slick marketing materials the lobbying organization dispensed at the Roundhouse claimed that wind in the U.S. is...

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