Discussion Topic: Tax & Budget

Explain again why NM needs to raise taxes?

There is a drumbeat emanating from the Capital in Santa Fe, mostly from Democrats, but also from a few Republicans. The message is Our budget is cut to the bone.” The refrain that New Mexico government is somehow starved for revenue may sound logical, but once…

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Medicaid Reform Can Save New Mexico

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone. Liberals are hoping to defend Obamacare, despite public-opinion polls,…

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RGF appears on KOB TV to discuss procurement/budget savings

RGF is always looking for ways to reduce state spending and make government more efficient and transparent. The organization’s president Paul Gessing appeared on KOB TV Channel 4 to discuss how procurement reforms and enhanced competition could save money during…

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Has New Mexico Really Gone ‘Red’ Under Gov. Martinez?

A version of this op-ed ran in the Albuquerque Journal on January 30, 2017. Herbert Hoover. The name is synonymous with indifferent right-wingery in the face of desperate need for “progressive” change. Earlier this month, Alan Weber, who in 2014 failed to secure the…

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Maximizing the 2017 Legislative Session

New Mexico’s challenges keep getting more formidable. As bad as the current budget situation is, the tide of Medicaid costs coming at us due to the program’s expansion under ObamaCare is going to make balancing the budget even more challenging in the next few years….

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Las Cruces TV interview: Preview of 2017 legislative session

Paul Gessing was recently in Las Cruces and sat down with Fred Martino of KRWG TV to discuss some of the issues that Rio Grande Foundation is working on and some of the issues facing our State in the 2017 legislative session. The interview is about 15 minutes and can…

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Economic reforms in NM demand bipartisanship

The following piece appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. A political earthquake happened in November. While most of the nation went right (Republicans control 69 of the nation’s 99 legislative bodies), New Mexico’s House, which had been…

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What New Mexico’s Tax-Hikers Don’t Want You to Know

The op-ed below appeared in the Farmington Daily Times on December 11th. New Mexico’s economy has fewer jobs today than it did in early 2008. As employment grows nationally, it’s shrinking in the Land of Enchantment. Our jobless rate is now the highest in…

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You can’t drown New Mexico’s Bureaucracy in a bathtub

New Mexico’s Legislative Finance Committee recently issued a report that, to the casual observer, might make indicated that the state bureaucracy in the Land of Enchantment has been “cut to the bone” due to recent budget issues. It may be true as the LFC says that the…

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