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Audio Tipping Point

096 LFC Report, Tariff Impacts, Pay Raises and more

In this week’s discussion, Paul and Wally discuss a recent presentation/report of the Legislative Finance Committee of the New Mexico Legislature. The report shows just how incredible the oil and gas boom going on is, how much New Mexico relies on the industry, and how much is still to come in the Permian Basin assuming […]

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Audio Tipping Point

052 Liberty Justice Center Lawsuit in NM, State Budget and Carbon Tax

Paul and Dowd lead off by discussing a recent study on charitable giving from Wallethub. The report ranks New Mexico 45th. Dowd has some concerns about methodology, but no matter what it is an opportunity to urge podcast listeners to support the Rio Grande Foundation and its mission on behalf of limited government and individual […]

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ART Economy Local Government Notable News Tax and Budget Taxes Top Issues Transportation

No need for City of Albuquerque Gas Tax

Albuquerque City Councilor Isaac Benton’s proposal to create a 2 cents-per-gallon gas tax will be voted on by the full council on June 5. If enacted, the tax would be a net negative for the city of Albuquerque. Aside from adding to an already-high local tax burden and disproportionately affecting low-income families, Benton’s tax would […]

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Economy Local Government Notable News Top Issues

Vote Local and for Economic Growth this Election

The Clinton vs. Trump morass seems to have sucked all of the oxygen out of the 2016 election. New Mexico is not identified as a “swing state” worthy of too much time and attention from either major candidate, so in a sense we are lucky enough to have a (relative) reprieve from the pounding drumbeat […]

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Economy Film Subsidies Research Tax and Budget Taxes Top Issues

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. Like most problems, New Mexico’s budget woes did not sneak up on us overnight. Decades […]

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Education

A Dubious Bet on College and Economic Development

This year marks the 20th anniversary of New Mexico’s Legislative Lottery Scholarship Program. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to celebrate. A well-intentioned attempt to boost access to higher learning in the Land of Enchantment, the program was crafted by a Democratic legislature and Republican governor. But it suffers from a serious, if seldom-discussed, flaw. Lottery scholarships […]

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Economy

Legislature Should Approve The Deregulation Solution to Dental Care

This article was originally published at NMPolitics.net. Legislation along these lines was introduced in the 2016 session, but was not placed on Governor Martinez’ “call.” New Mexico’s Legislature faces a plethora of duties during this year’s 30-day regular session. But a measure that should be a no-brainer, deserving of bipartisan support, permits dental therapists to […]

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Economy Tax and Budget Transportation

NM Supreme Court Wage Decision Will Further Drive Up Public Construction Costs: Column

The price of roads and schools just went up in New Mexico. New Mexico is already a mini-“Davis-Bacon” state which means that taxpayers pay substantially more (or get 10-15% less) in the way of schools, roads, and other state-funded projects (like those funded in the recently-passed capital outlay bill). Under Gov. Bill Richardson, legislation was […]

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Economy Tax and Budget Taxes Transportation

NM Should Avoid Higher Gasoline Tax

  Some New Mexicans have convinced themselves that the challenges facing the state’s highways require a higher gasoline tax. They’re wrong, and here’s why. First, the true condition of New Mexico’s roads contrasts with the oft-heard claims that they are “crumbling” and “in disrepair.” In the Reason Foundation’s latest national analysis, the overall performance and […]

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Open Government

Putting Teeth in Transparency

“Transparency,” when it comes to government, it is certainly the ideal. Taxpayers – the ones who pay government’s bills – deserve nothing less. The good news is that New Mexico governments have made great strides in recent years. To name just a few improvements, records of legislative floor sessions are now online, as are all […]