Rio Grande Foundation Tipping Point New Mexico Podcast

019 ABQ More Money Fewer Cops, Gas Tax, RTW and BBB

Paul and Dowd discuss New Mexico’s gas tax and the State’s infrastructure system as a whole (also whether a gas tax hike is needed). It was another big week for Right to Work with San Juan County becoming the 8th New Mexico county to adopt an ordinance. Missouri also...

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018 Spaceport Transparency and Southern NM Politics

Paul and Dowd interview Heath Haussamen, editor and publisher of Topics covered include Heath’s struggles to bring transparency to “Spaceport America,” the demographics and politics of south-central New Mexico, and the contest to replace Steve Pearce...

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017 “Green Jobs”, Medicare for All and Amtrak

Paul and Dowd discuss “green jobs” vs. real energy employment in the Land of Enchantment, some very poor “reporting” on Holtec International’s plan for spent nuclear fuel in the southeast corner of New Mexico, the costly pointlessness of Amtrak’s Southwest Chief, and...

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014 Education Policy and Looming Population Problems for NM

For the interview segment: Dowd and Paul interview Matthew Ladner, PhD a Senior Research Fellow with the Charles Koch Institute. Ladner has worked extensively on public policy in New Mexico including education policy. Specifically he connected Gov. Susana Martinez...

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013 Air Quality Study, Inadequate Education Funding and More

For the news of the week discussion, Dowd and I discuss the Air quality in the Four Corners. Environmentalists keep harping on the air and methane, but what do groups that actually study the issue have to say? NM's unemployment rate recently dropped to 4.9%. What is...

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010 In Depth on Right to Work

Rather than the usual interview format Paul and Dowd go in-depth on a particular issue. Not surprisingly, that issue is "Right to Work." Why is the issue so important to the Rio Grande Foundation? What is the history of "Right to Work" for public an private sector...

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009 Free Trade and New Mexico

Paul and Dowd are back this week and they discuss the importance of free trade and their "Free Trade Fact of the Day" project to remind New Mexicans of the importance of free trade to their families and the State economy. They provide an update on the latest county...

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008 Why Americans Pay Too Much for Health Care

Dowd interviews attorney and physician David Hyman, co-author of the new book "Overcharged: Why Americans Pay Too Much For Health Care." Topics covered include Medicare's "efficiency," the problem of third-party payment, and the promise of market-oriented healthcare....

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