Discussion Topic: Research

Why target sugary drinks for such extreme taxes?

The Rio Grande Foundation has long advocated for lowering New Mexico's tax on beer (the excise tax on beer is 41 cents/gallon, among the nation's highest). The RGF supported lowering the tax to 8 cents/gallon and opposed recent efforts to raise the tax. The point is,...

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Springtime for RTW Job Growth

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 relocation. …...

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Explain again why NM needs to raise taxes?

There is a drumbeat emanating from the Capital in Santa Fe, mostly from Democrats, but also from a few Republicans. The message is Our budget is cut to the bone." The refrain that New Mexico government is somehow starved for revenue may sound logical, but once you...

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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 relocation. …...

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NM Behavioral Health System Can, and Must, Be Reformed

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s behavioral-healthcare system is in crisis. This is widely acknowledged. The administration of Gov. Susana Martinez took dramatic steps in 2013 when she suspended Medicaid payments to nonprofit providers due to suspicions of fraud. Right or...

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NM can balance budget without hurting economy

No politician relishes the job facing New Mexico’s leadership in the months ahead. Facing massive budget deficits and the prospect of an election-year special session in an unpredictable and unsettled political season is no elected official’s anyone’s idea of fun....

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What to Cut: Finding $600 Million in Savings w/o Raising Taxes

ALBUQUERQUE — It is no secret that New Mexico faces serious budget challenges. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur Smith called the budget situation “a crisis” and noted that the State is facing a deficit of more than $150 million for the budget year that...

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