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Public Comments and Testimony Tax and Budget

Testimony before the New Mexico Legislature on the Taxpayer Protection Act

The following testimony was delivered before the Legislative Finance Committee of the New Mexico Legislature on September 26, 2007: Good morning and thank you for the opportunity to discuss the Taxpayer Protection Act and the idea of tax and spending limits in New Mexico with you. Most of you are familiar with the Rio Grande […]

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Economy

REAL ID Should be Real Concern for NM Businesses

The REAL ID Act was passed by Congress in May of 2005 without a single hearing in the Senate. Although the law is theoretically supposed to increase the integrity of our nation’s identification cards, it really amounts to yet another power grab by arrogant politicians in Washington. This new federal mandate – if implemented – […]

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Tax and Budget

We Need Tax Cuts, Property Protections

Mark Twain once said, “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” The Rio Grande Foundation is hoping that New Mexico’s upcoming session will prove old Samuel Clemens wrong for a change by adopting a pro-freedom legislative agenda that will preserve New Mexicans’ property rights, give them more control […]

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Economy Tax and Budget Taxes

NM’s High Taxes, Big Government Gives State Low Marks

We all know that New Mexico has historically lagged behind much of the nation. A just-released study by the U.S.-based National Center for Policy Analysis and the Canada-based Fraser Institute may provide the reason: New Mexico government burdens its citizens with some of the highest taxes and regulatory burdens of any state or provincial government […]

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Health Care

NM Governor Proposes Massive Medicaid Expansion, Universal Coverage

Editor’s note: The following article appeared in the October, 2006 edition of Health Care News which is published by the Heartland Institute www.heartland.org. The publication is distributed to state legislators and policymakers in all 50 states. In a clear sign that health care and the uninsured remain hot-button issues on which many politicians intend to […]

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Health Care

Bill Richardson’s Immodest Medicaid Proposal: A beggar Thy Neighbor Approach from the Presidential Candidate to be

New Mexico governor and presumptive presidential candidate Bill Richardson recently joined the ranks of governors who have proposed significant changes to their state’s Medicaid systems. Starting with passage of Mitt Romney’s groundbreaking and controversial universal-coverage plan in April, states from West Virginia to Idaho and from Florida to Maine (to name just a few) are […]

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Open Government

How Accessible Are Your Legislators?

While most New Mexicans are enjoying the lazy days of summer at the swimming pool, on the golf course, or on vacation, many of our state representatives are busy going door-to-door campaigning to get re-elected. Others are working hard to take their places. New Mexico is among the vast majority of states with a part […]

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Local Government Notable News

Kelo Decision One Year Later: New Mexico Property Owners Still Unprotected

Friday, June 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s Kelo v. New London. Unfortunately, earlier this year, Governor Richardson vetoed a bill that would have offered at least some protections for New Mexico property owners against eminent domain. It is widely known that the Kelo decision effectively reinterpreted the Fifth Amendment’s […]

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Tax and Budget

Bill Richardson, Fiscal Conservative? Not So Fast!

As the jockeying heats up for the 2008 presidential race, the field remains wide open, with potential candidates from both parties working hard to position themselves with their specific constituencies. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has indicated that he will run, and for a number of reasons he will be a formidable contender. Specifically, Democratic […]

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Health Care Research Tax and Budget

Treat Sick Tax Policy: First, Undo the Harm from 2004 Legislature

Health care providers have long needed relief from New Mexico’s gross receipts tax. But the 2004 legislative session produced a bad law. It provided unfair relief to those involved in “managed care,” making matters worse for those engaged in traditional fee-for-service care. Moreover, it will result in harm to the economy, hurt the consumer and […]