Rio Grande Foundation

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We are building a New Mexico where liberty, opportunity, and prosperity flourish.

The mission of the Rio Grande Foundation is to increase liberty and prosperity for all of New Mexico by informing citizens of the importance of individual freedom, limited government, and economic opportunity.

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Tipping Point New Mexico

Tipping Point New Mexico is the official podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico, hosted by Paul Gessing, President of the Rio Grande Foundation, and Wally Drangmeister.

Errors of Enchantment

Errors of Enchantment is the official blog of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.

  • by Paul Gessing
    When the City of Albuquerque approved a plan for a new United soccer stadium at Balloon Fiesta Park, we believed that taxpayers would be “on the hook” for cost overruns and other expenses. After all, in 2021 taxpayers voted down a $50 million bond for a stadium expected to cost $65-$70 million near downtown. Now, […]
  • by Paul Gessing
    At the Rio Grande Foundation we have never opposed marijuana legalization. Our view is in line with the libertarian perspective that people should not be tossed in jail for buying, selling, or using pot. On the flip side, marijuana is not an industry that is going to support overall economic growth and it shouldn’t/won’t be […]
  • by Paul Gessing
    Paul and Wally both attended the Seinfeld show. They have numerous thoughts: 1) The City did a poor job with logistics.  2) The media didn’t condemn the protests for simply targeting a Jewish comedian (same with Meow Wolf): 3) While Paul and Wally believe that protestors have the right to share their beliefs, they should be doing so with […]
  • by Paul Gessing
    As Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, told the floor as debate over this year’s budget wrapped up: “You’re not a poor state. Quit telling other people you’re a poor state.” He’s right. The state of New Mexico is not poor. But what about the people of New Mexico? Among the citizens poverty remains high. According to World Population […]

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