Discussion Topic: Economy

Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

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, you would think this Fee...

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What’s wrong with the ETA?

What’s wrong with the ETA?

The following appeared in the Santa Fe New Mexican on August 3, 2019. More details on Mr. Costello can be found here. I have written and studied electricity markets and regulations for almost 40 years. As a New Mexico resident, I have some deep concerns about the...

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Time is Right to Reform New Mexico’s Tax Code

Time is Right to Reform New Mexico’s Tax Code

New Mexico has a golden opportunity right now. The discovery of incredible oil riches in the Southeastern part of our State is not just a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Rather, it is the kind of thing that happens only rarely in the history of any state or nation....

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NM should fully embrace its energy renaissance

NM should fully embrace its energy renaissance

New Mexico's energy workers have almost single-handedly reshaped global oil markets. Oil field workers have pumped so much petroleum and natural gas from the Permian Basin, which runs through southeast New Mexico and southwest Texas, that America recently became a net...

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RGF report on UNM/NMSU sports teams generates coverage

RGF report on UNM/NMSU sports teams generates coverage

The Rio Grande Foundation earned some serious news coverage recently in its critique of the "major" college sports programs at UNM and NMSU. In taking the position that student fees and taxpayer dollars should not be diverted to prop up sports programs we put fort the...

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