Discussion Topic: Local Government

Stadiums should rely on private funding

Stadiums should rely on private funding

The following appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 4, 2019. Like so many in the metro area, I was impressed by the outpouring of support and high quality of play by the New Mexico United in its inaugural season. Considering the timing of United’s success,...

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Talking Democracy Dollars w/ KOAT Channel 7

Talking Democracy Dollars w/ KOAT Channel 7

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing recently sat down with TJ Wilham at KOAT Channel 7 to discuss the ill-conceived "Democracy Dollars" proposal on Albuquerque ballots this fall. There are numerous serious problems with the proposal (see link above). Or,...

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Albuquerque Voters Could Lower Their Taxes in Local Election

Albuquerque Voters Could Lower Their Taxes in Local Election

Early voting in Albuquerque's municipal elections begins Saturday. Find out where to go here. There are some very important issues on local ballots including bonds and renewal of a 1/4 cent gross receipts tax that is supposed to go for transportation, but 38% of which...

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Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

Another day, another tax on small businesses passed by the City of Albuquerque. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this one- the tax increase came disguised as something called a “Fire and Life Safety Fee.” With such a dramatic name, you would think this Fee...

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