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Comparing APS spending with other regional districts

Comparing APS spending with other regional districts

Whether it is the push to increase education spending at the state level or the plan to raise property taxes to fund more buildings and other capital outlay projects, the push for more spending is based on the misguided belief that the schools simply don't have enough...

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Rail Runner Ridership continues decline (KOB Channel 4 story)

Rail Runner Ridership continues decline (KOB Channel 4 story)

With renewal of a gross receipts tax on the ballot in several northern New Mexico counties (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Taos) to fund the Rail Runner and related services, the Rio Grande Foundation requested updated annual ridership information. After years...

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UNM, higher education in desperate need of reform

UNM, higher education in desperate need of reform

Our state’s system of taxpayer-funded higher education is in crisis. A few key facts about postsecondary institutions in the Land of Enchantment, and the University of New Mexico in particular, reveal the depth of the problem: • New Mexico spends quite a lot on its...

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Deregulating the Albuquerque Economy to Restore Prosperity

Deregulating the Albuquerque Economy to Restore Prosperity

(Albuquerque, NM) – With the mandatory paid sick leave ballot measure rejected and a mayoral runoff looming, the Rio Grande Foundation is again pressing for policymakers to consider reforms that will improve the struggling local economy. Numerous data points...

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New report: New Mexico’s tax burden is 5th-highest in nation

New report: New Mexico’s tax burden is 5th-highest in nation

With Democrats on the hunt for higher taxes at both the State and local levels here in New Mexico, it is worth asking just how heavy the State's tax burden is relative to other States. Conveniently, Key Policy Data which looks at state by state data on taxes and other...

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