Rio Grande Foundation Audios

061 John Foreman NM Assoc. of Non-Public Schools

On this week's interview show Paul Gessing interviews John Foreman of the New Mexico Association of non-public Schools. Paul and John discuss the important role filled by non-public schools in New Mexico. They focus significant attention on the recent ruling of New...

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060 Plastic Bag Ban, APS Tax Hike and More

On this week's podcast Paul and Wally discuss the prospects for a plastic bag and straw ban being put forth in the City of Albuquerque. Will such steps improve the environment? What has happened other places around New Mexico where they've been considered? The Rio...

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059 Conversation with Rep. Moe Maestas

With Democrats in firm control of the levers of power in New Mexico's Legislature and the executive branch, Paul interviews Representative Antonio "Moe" Maestas who represents a portion of Albuquerque's West Side. Maestas, a Democrat, is among the longest tenured...

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058 Government Shut Down – Impact on New Mexico

With 2019 now in full swing, the Rio Grande Foundation's Tipping Point New Mexico podcast is back as well. The federal government remains shut down. What does this mean for New Mexico? A new Wallethub report says New Mexico is the most dependent US state in the nation...

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057 Issues and Predictions for 2019

Paul and Wally discuss economic and fiscal issues facing New Mexico including taxes, spending in the upcoming legislative session, oil prices and the prospects for a national recession. Details discussed include the film tax credit, the gross receipts tax and possible...

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056 The Legacy of Governor Martinez

After eight years as Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez is on her way out the door with Michelle Lujan-Grisham to take office soon. Wally and Paul discuss Martinez's legacy through the prism of the Rio Grande Foundation. Topics include: Medicaid expansion, her...

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055 Government Transparency with Peter St. Cyr

On this week's podcast Paul sits down with longtime journalist and government transparency advocate Peter St. Cyr. St. Cyr is now leading a new government transparency startup called: OpenAccessNM.org. After briefly discussing the current status of government...

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054 The Year in Review 2018

On this week's podcast Paul and Wally review 2018 from the perspective of New Mexico's economy and economic policy in the Land of Enchantment. From oil prices to new discoveries and production, oil and gas are the most important private sector industries in our State....

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053 House Minority Leader James Townsend

Paul and Dowd preview the 2019 legislative session with newly-minted House Minority Leader Rep. James Townsend of Artesia. They discuss whether the GOP can be effective given the significant minority that they represent in Santa Fe. More importantly Dowd and Paul...

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051 Update on the Oil and Gas Industry in New Mexico

Paul and Dowd talk to New Mexico Oil and Gas Association spokesman Robert McEntyre about the latest news from his industry. Specific topics include the recently-abandoned Sandoval County ordinance and how that compared with Colorado Prop 112 which would have ended the...

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050 APS Property Tax Increase, Right to Work and More

On this week's podcast, Dowd and Paul briefly acknowledge the passing of the 50th episode milestone of Tipping Point New Mexico. Then they run through a litany of reasons why voters should be concerned about Albuquerque Public Schools' request for a 19% property tax...

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