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Albuquerque Voters Could Lower Their Taxes in Local Election

Early voting in Albuquerque's municipal elections begins Saturday. Find out where to go here. There are some very important issues on local ballots including bonds and renewal of a 1/4 cent gross receipts tax that is supposed to go for...

Opinion article: “Free” College Proposal Raises Serious Questions

The following article appeared in several New Mexico news outlets on September 30, 2019 including the Las Cruces Sun-News. Gov. Lujan Grisham has put forth a plan (set for debate and possible approval in the 2020 Legislature) for “free” college...

Reason Foundation and Rio Grande Foundation Release Analysis of Task Force Plans for PERA Solvency

(Albuquerque) The Rio Grande Foundation applauds Gov. Lujan-Grisham for taking on the tricky, but important issue of pension reform. In collaboration with the Pension Integrity Project at Reason Foundation, a national free market think tank, the...
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Rio Grande Foundation Videos

Discussing the Gov’s plan for “free” college on KOB TV Channel 4

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing sat down with KOB TV to discuss the plan for "free" college. You can check out the story below. As of Thursday afternoon, September 26, we have not received any details in terms of the estimated $25-$35...

RGF provides comment for KOAT 7 Albuquerque Public Schools bond story

Albuquerque area voters will be asked to vote this November on a $290 million bond measure for APS. KOAT Channel 7 did a story in which they talked to APS about the real issues at some local schools and the District's mismanagement of those...

Christina Sandefur’s Albuquerque presentation: “The Importance of Private Property Rights”

Christina Sandefur was in Albuquerque recently to share the importance of private property rights. She touched on a number of interesting topics including New Mexico's successful reform of civil asset forfeiture and eminent domain. Thanks to Danny...