Rio Grande Foundation Audios

113 Don Watkins – Center for Industrial Progress

On this week’s podcast, Paul is joined by Rio Grande Foundation scholar and summer intern Raul Ayala to interview Don Watkins, Director of Education at the Center for Industrial Progress. The Center is a pro-energy think tank headed up by Alex Epstein. Watkins comes...

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112 APS Pay Hikes, US Constitution and more

Albuquerque Public Schools adopts big pay hikes, especially for its superintendent who is receiving an 11% pay hike. Will these pay hikes result in better outcomes? Is the money even being used to attract and retain high-quality teachers? What would actually help with...

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111 NM Bail Reform: Needed Reform or Catch and Release?

On this week's podcast, Paul interviews Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Action Network. Lauren's group has worked extensively on bail reform nationwide. That bail reform was adopted in New Mexico via Constitutional Amendment in 2016 and Bernalillo County...

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110 NM Gross Receipts Tax – A Closer Look

On this week’s podcast discussion Paul and Wally take a closer look at the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. Why is this tax so problematic? How does the tax inflict harm on New Mexico’s economy while also encouraging the growth of government? Is momentum building for...

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109 John Heaton – Carlsbad Economic Development

On this week's podcast Paul interviews former Democratic State Rep. John Heaton. Heaton currently works with the City of Carlsbad as Energy Development Coordinator. Paul and John spend some time discussing the oil and gas boom and its impact on his area of the State,...

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107 KrisAnne Hall – The United States Constitution

Paul Gessing visits with KrisAnne Hall, the president of Liberty First University. She travels the country teaching the foundational principles of Liberty and our Constitutional Republic. KrisAnne is the author of 6 books on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, she...

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106 NBC Deal, Kids Count and Bond Ratings

Further details on NBC/Universal deal show just how willing the company is to leave New Mexico. An East Mountain group has organized and is fighting the proposed Bernalillo County sick leave. The Commission is expected to vote on the ordinance as soon as Tuesday....

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105 Caren Cowen – New Mexico Cattle Grower’s Association

On this week's podcast, Paul interviews Caren Cowan, Executive Director of the New Mexico Cattle Grower's Association. On this podcast Paul and Caren discuss a variety of issues relevant to ranching and raising cattle including the overall state of rural New Mexico,...

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104 Film Deal, New Ranking for NM and more

Paul and Wally have a wide-ranging discussion on a variety of issues including: • The NBC/Universal deal and it's many problems. • Alyssa Milano develops a rating system for abortion and film. • NM heavy reliance on tax incentives, impacts and possible solutions. •...

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