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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 […]

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Open Government

State Has Made Strides in Transparency

Over the past couple years, New Mexico state government has made grade strides toward increased transparency. Citizens can now watch or listen to floor sessions and both Houses now have floor votes online. Even better, this session, legislation setting up New Mexico’s own “Sunshine Portal” became law. This portal will put convenient and freely accessible […]

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Open Government

Government Transparency Will Put Teeth in Ethics Reform

With political corruption in New Mexico making national news in recent months, legislators in Santa Fe will again be asked to support a wide variety of “ethics” proposals which include everything from taxpayer financing of campaigns to strict limits on donations those doing business with the state can make to public officials. Some of these […]

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Energy and Environment Open Government

Elected Officials on the Payrolls of Environmental Groups

Every special interest group that seeks to influence public policy pays lobbyists. There is    nothing remarkable in that observation. Manufacturers, hospitals, insurance companies, banks, even churches pay lobbyists to transubstantiate their agenda into laws, money, and regulations. But some environmental groups in New Mexico have gone where no interest group has gone before. They have […]

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Education Research

Providing School Choice to New Mexico Children in Foster Care: Fostering Stability and Achievement

Executive Summary The estimated 523,000 children in foster care systems across the United States – 2,100 in New Mexico – are among the most at-risk in our society.2 For a variety of reasons, children in foster care have been removed from the homes of their birth families and placed under state care. Some children are […]