New Mexico’s Top Issues

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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Experiences from Other States Show Merit of Dental Therapy

ALBUQUERQUE — With Santa Fe deeply divided between a Democrat-controlled legislature and a Republican-led executive branch, the potential for stagnation and stalemate is high as lawmakers convene for the 2017 session. One issue that has generated support from across…

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A Chilly Month for Forced-Unionism Job Creation

The Foundation is tracking announcements of expansions, relocations, and greenfield investments published on Area Development‘s website. Founded in 1965, the publication “is considered the leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and…

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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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Fixing this new federal rule would mean more jobs for NM

What if you had a new, popular technology that was creating hundreds of new jobs for New Mexicans in this economically-challenging time? What if, at the same time, this technology was replacing an old, more harmful product that had been detrimental to Americans’…

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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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Vote Local and for Economic Growth this Election

The Clinton vs. Trump morass seems to have sucked all of the oxygen out of the 2016 election. New Mexico is not identified as a “swing state” worthy of too much time and attention from either major candidate, so in a sense we are lucky enough to have a (relative)…

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