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Higher Taxes ... the Last Thing New Mexico Needs!
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New Mexico's Extraction Industries ... What Next?

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Rio Grande Foundation to Continue IPRA Lawsuit Against Bernalillo County

(Albuquerque, NM) – The Bernalillo County Commission passed its paid time off ordinance recently, but the Rio Grande Foundation is still crying foul over a lack of transparency and openness when it comes to various communications both between...

Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

Another day, another tax on small businesses passed by the City of Albuquerque. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this one- the tax increase came disguised as something called a “Fire and Life Safety Fee.” With such a dramatic name,...

The following appeared at KRWG.org on August 29, 2019. Like all New Mexicans, we at the Rio Grande Foundation want to see an improved K-12 system in place. I have two daughters in traditional public school. While concerned about the quick turnover...

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Gessing comments on Audit Findings of Public Safety Tax for KOAT Channel 7 Story

Click on the screen shot below to watch the full story. From the KOAT story, "For years no one kept track exactly how the money was spent and a board that was required by law to monitor the tax was never formed. Now a newly released audit says the...

RGF president talks to KRQE Channel 13 about the City of Albuquerque “transparency” site and what it’s lacking

The City of Albuquerque has a worthy and useful transparency site with a lot of useful information. Check ABQ The View for details. Unfortunately, when the biggest single spending categories are listed as "unclassified ($84 million)" and...

New RGF video explainer illustrates failure of New Mexico’s biggest corporate welfare program

The Rio Grande Foundation is constantly on the lookout for ways to educate New Mexicans about what their tax dollars are being used for and what state and local government could or should be doing better. To that end the Foundation has developed a...