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Talking Education Policy on Las Cruces Public Television

Before the legislative session got started, I sat down with Fred Martino with Las Cruces Public Television to discuss education policy in the 2012 legislative session. While it appears that many of our (and the Gov’s) education proposals are not going to pass this session, we are going to continue to push for reform because […]

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Education

Is the New Mexico Legislature Happy with 49th?

When Gov. Martinez came into office back in January, among her top priorities was to turn New Mexico’s failing educational system around. To say that it is “failing” sounds harsh, but it describes reality. The problem is that, having had two opportunities to move towards fixing the problem, the Legislature has thrown up roadblock after […]

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Education

Reforms, Not More Money Needed to Improve Education Results

Bill Soules misses the mark completely in his article on New Mexico’s supposedly inadequate education spending and the supposed fact that education is not a priority. Rather than shedding light on ways to improve New Mexico’s educational system, he simply points an accusatory finger at parents and those who he claims aren’t making education a […]

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Economy Tax and Budget

Do Spending Cuts Harm the Poor?

Reducing the size of government harms the poor. This is a common assumption made by those who support government welfare programs and it was the assumption made by many of our elected officials in Santa Fe including Sen. Pete Campos who expressed concern about relatively small cuts in K-12 education and other programs during the […]

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Education Research

K-12 Spending in New Mexico: More Spending for Poor Results

With the Legislature facing a budget deficit during the current legislative session and K-12 education facing at least minor cuts, many in the education establishment are saying that education spending is declining or that the schools have been “cut to the bone.” In an effort to replace empty rhetoric with actual data, we at the […]

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Economy

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit and budget cuts in the offing, every special interest is busy coming up with their own economic analyses explaining why subsidies or regulations that serve their own interest will really benefit […]

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Economy Open Government Tax and Budget

New Mexico’s Tax Credits, Deductions, and Rebates

New Mexico offers more than 100 tax credits, deductions, and other exemptions. You can view the full spreadsheet which lists them all here. One of the so-called tax credits is the 25% rebate for the film industry which is not a “credit” at all. But, policymakers are looking for ways to close the $400 million […]

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Economy Tax and Budget

Public Sector Crowds out Private Sector

With the election behind us and a tough legislative session looming, policymakers need to get a firm grip on our bloated government sector and shrunken private sector. As our latest research clearly shows, New Mexico pays a steep economic price in lower personal income for its inefficient government workforce. Fundamentally, personal income – as defined […]

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Economy Research Tax and Budget Taxes

Richardson Tax Cuts Effective in Spurring Growth, Illustrate Power of Federalism

There is a lot of discussion these days about the effectiveness of tax cuts and whether to keep them or instead to increase taxes. The most prominent tax cut conversation has taken place in Washington over President Bush’s tax cuts and whether to extend them for all taxpayers, rescind those for high-earners (earning above $250,000 […]

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Education

Economic Efficiency in Higher Ed

I greatly appreciated NMSU-Carlsbad President Russell Hardy’s response (4/27/10) to my earlier op-ed (4/24/10) on the costs per student at Carlsbad compared to other state post-secondary institutions. While bringing up several interesting points, his use of cost figures is misleading and distracts from the larger economic questions. First, I must admit that there is an […]