Rio Grande Foundation Audios

091 Daniel Turner – Power the Future

On this week's interview Paul Gessing talks to Daniel Turner, the Founder and Executive Director of Power the Future. The group is a grassroots organization with the mission of offering truth, facts, and research that will enrich the national conversation on energy....

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087 Dr. Deane Waldman – How to Improve US Healthcare

On this episode Paul interviews Dr. Deane Waldman. Deane is both a medical doctor and an MBA. Before retiring he was a pediatric cardiologist at UNM Hospital. He resides in Albuquerque, NM, but works full time as a Senior Fellow on Health Care Policy at the Texas...

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086 ABQ Plastic Bag Ban, Business Struggles and more

ABQ Passes plastic bag ban but doesn't ban food containers and straws. The Las Cruces economy is struggling and a local business owner called out specific policies that make doing business there difficult. Conditions in that City are not much different from other NM...

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085 Mike Nasi of Life Powered

Paul interviews Mike Nasi of the Life Powered Initiative. Nasi, a native New Mexican, recently wrote a detailed critique of the recently-passed “Energy Transition Act,” legislation which will result in the shutdown of the San Juan Generating Station and a shift to 50%...

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083 Amanda Aragon – NM Kids Can

This week's interview is with Amanda Aragon of the education reform group New Mexico Kids Can. What happened during the 2019 session on education policy? What federal and state education policies got us to where we are today? Are graduation rates a relevant indicator...

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082 Boondoggles and Bills in New Mexico

On this week's episode Wally and Paul discuss the two recent bills signed by Gov. Lujan-Grisham. The bills raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour and increase film subsidies from $50 million to $110 million annually. The Albuquerque Rapid Transit boondoggle received...

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081 Mark Mathis of Clear Energy Alliance

Paul sat down with Mark Mathis of the Clear Energy Alliance. Mathis is a former resident of New Mexico and news reporter. We discuss the role of the media and their biases. Since his days on the evening news Mathis has been working in the energy area, specifically on...

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080 Environmental Bet, SNAP and more

The Rio Grande Foundation strongly supports the idea that able bodied adults without children should be in the workforce and not on welfare. To that end the Foundation recently submitted comments to the federal government in support of the Trump Administration's new...

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