New Mexico's Top Issues

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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Rio Grande Foundation Luncheon event: “Are We Rome?”

  Lawrence Reed Wonders "Are We Rome?" at Rio Grande Foundation Luncheon Click here to register online. Monumental sums for bailouts. Staggering increases in public debt. Concentration of power in the central government. A mad scramble by interest groups with endless...

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School choice needed for education progress in New Mexico

It’s back to school time in New Mexico. But throughout the summer three big education-related headlines have framed education policy issues that will impact our school children this year and for years to come. The recently-completed court hearing as to whether New...

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A secretary of state power grab on nonprofit privacy

The following appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican on July 12, 2017. We all know how a bill becomes a law, right? A lawmaker writes a bill, the Legislature passes it, and then the governor signs it. At least, that’s what the New Mexico Constitution says....

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Commentary: New Mexico can’t sue its way to better schools

By: D. Dowd Muska This article appeared in the New Mexican on June 26, 2017. An article from the opposite perspective appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on June 30. Unlike Muska's clear-eyed article below, Armas' article (linked) is full of hope and goals, but little...

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Sick leave not the (main) point of ballot measure

In October, a “sick leave” measure will appear on voters’ ballots. While touted as nothing more than an effort to require businesses to offer their employees paid sick leave, the reality is that sick leave is only one of many issues addressed in the lengthy and...

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