Discussion Topic: Tax & Budget

Taxpayers win big in defeat of APS tax hikes

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

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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Legislature faces both peril, opportunity in 2019

Legislature faces both peril, opportunity in 2019

With New Mexico’s politics trending hard left, what is a fiscally conservative think tank that focuses on New Mexico’s still-shaky economic situation to do? Quite simply, there will be more to do than ever. For starters, New Mexico’s $1.1 billion oil-generated surplus...

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APS tax increase: Is it worth it? No

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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Martinez will leave state better than she found it

Martinez will leave state better than she found it

After eight years of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in office, what is her legacy? She was the first Latina governor in America soon to be followed by Michelle Lujan-Grisham who will be the 2nd Latina to hold that position. By itself, this is an important legacy for...

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APS spends $25,000 on new pro-tax-hike mailers: RGF comments

APS spends $25,000 on new pro-tax-hike mailers: RGF comments

If you have followed the Rio Grande Foundation over the years, you may know that we have repeatedly expressed concerns about taxpayer-financed lobbying for higher taxes. See past articles here and here. Now, Albuquerque Public Schools has spent $25,000 (in addition to...

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