Discussion Topic: Local Government

Albuquerque City Government Bag Ban Contradicts Own Goals

Radical environmentalists and (especially the politicians they elect) have a funny way of enacting policies that contradict each other. Take New York City Mayor DeBlasio's desire to eliminate "steel and glass buildings." But, as one green website notes, "About 77% of...

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Worker freedom is dying in NM

After only three months in office, Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently signed a bill ratcheting back worker freedom and local control in New Mexico. In March, the state legislature voted against worker freedom by explicitly prohibiting local “right-to-work”...

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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 introducing this...

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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' budget allocates...

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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 and a bond measure...

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Comparing APS spending with other regional districts

Whether it is the push to increase education spending at the state level or the plan to raise property taxes to fund more buildings and other capital outlay projects, the push for more spending is based on the misguided belief that the schools simply don't have enough...

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APS tax increase: Is it worth it? No

Ballots for the Albuquerque Public Schools special mail-in election are showing up in mailboxes. Voters have until Feb. 5 to mail their ballots back to ensure they are counted. Voters should beware that they will be asked to vote on a major property tax increase this...

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