Discussion Topic: Tax & Budget

Vaping technology could improve health, cut costs

When it comes to the percentage of its population on Medicaid, New Mexico is at the top of the heap. An astonishing 44 percent of our state’s population is on Medicaid. This is a costly situation for taxpayers in the other 49 states who pick up nearly $5 billion of…

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Time for Santa Feans to reject another tax hike

Santa Feans, this time the entire county, will soon be asked to vote on higher taxes (“County GRT vote quietly approaches,” Aug. 27). Wisely, city residents overwhelmingly rejected the costly and unfair sugary-drinks tax back in May, but that doesn’t mean that the…

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Eddy County tax hike uncalled for

The following article appeared recently in the Carlsbad and Artesia newspapers. Citizens of one of New Mexico’s most conservative counties, Eddy, will vote in a mail-in election “on” September 26. At issue are two 1/8th cent tax hikes that had been passed by the…

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No need for City of Albuquerque Gas Tax

Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton’s proposal to create a 2 cents-per-gallon gas tax will be voted on by the full council on June 5. If enacted, the tax would be a net negative for the city of Albuquerque. Aside from adding to an already-high local tax burden and…

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Rio Grande Foundation launches #NoABQGasTax campaign

            The Rio Grande Foundation, New Mexico’s only free market think tank, launched the #NoABQGaxTax education campaign today to inform Albuquerque residents about City Councilor Isaac Benton’s plan to impose a new tax on local…

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Come up with a better alternative, Mr. Terrazas

The Rio Grande Foundation has clear and specific views on economic policy. We support concepts like “right to work,” school choice, and others that reduce government’s role in the economy and in picking winners and losers. There are valid critiques…

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Gov. Martinez was Right to Wield Veto Pen

There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most other states in the union) remains in the midst of tough times….

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