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Plastic bag bans hurt more than they help

Recently, four members of the Albuquerque City Council proposed an ordinance, O-19-48, to ban the use of many common plastic items including bags, straws and to-go containers. Customers who request a paper bag will be charged 10 cents each. By...

Transition to renewables shouldn’t cost utility rate payers

Environmental groups, Governor Lujan-Grisham, and even Public Service Company of New Mexico want us to believe that their plans to rapidly increase renewable energy are cost-competitive. New Mexicans voted for change in 2018 and, as a result, there...

Questioning APS Maintenance Freeze on KOAT Channel 7

Recently, RGF President Paul Gessing wrote an "open letter" to the APS administration regarding their defeat in the recent bond/tax hike election and their decision to freeze spending on facility maintenance. Among other things I noted that APS'...

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Questioning APS Maintenance Freeze on KOAT Channel 7

Recently, RGF President Paul Gessing wrote an "open letter" to the APS administration regarding their defeat in the recent bond/tax hike election and their decision to freeze spending on facility maintenance. Among other things I noted that APS'...

Gessing sits down with KRQE Channel 13 on APS tax hike election results

The Rio Grande Foundation fought hard against a big property tax hike. As it turned out, voters who turned out in record numbers, agreed with us that the 19% increase was too much. Gessing offers his reaction and the APS leadership offers theirs in...

Taxpayers win big in defeat of APS tax hikes

Proving once again that no matter who voters elect to office, they don't necessarily support higher taxes and vast increases in the size and scope of government, Albuquerque Public Schools district voters overwhelmingly turned down two tax hikes...