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Health Care Taxes

Return surplus to taxpayers, abandon health care boondoggle

After a great deal of back and forth, it looks like Governor Richardson will call legislators back to Santa Fe after all. Fortunately, while the Governor had previously stated that health care would be the only topic of discussion during a special session, his stance has softened a bit. Recently he recognized that his plan […]

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Health Care

Richardson’s Universal Health Disaster: The Governor’s Big-Government Experiment Failed on the Launch Pad.

Bill Richardson slipped off of the national radar screen back in January when he abandoned his bid for president. While he eagerly awaits the outcome of the Clinton-Obama battle for the Democratic nomination — and perhaps a phone call inviting him to join a ticket in the vice-presidential slot or take a cabinet slot down […]

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Health Care

First, Do No Harm: Improving Health Care

Health care reform is Gov. Bill Richardson’s top agenda item in the 2008 legislative session. And, with his campaign for the White House concluded, it looks like the governor may be able to give the issue his full attention. Unfortunately, while focusing on expanding coverage, Richardson’s plan relies heavily on government power to achieve its […]

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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 […]