Discussion Topic: Research

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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‘Soda Tax’ Unwarranted, Unworkable

‘Soda Tax’ Unwarranted, Unworkable

ALBUQUERQUE, April 17 -- The “No Way Santa Fe” education initiative, a project of the Rio Grande Foundation, released an issue brief today that exposes the fallacies behind Mayor Javier Gonzales’s proposed tax on sugary drinks. On May 2, Santa Feans will vote on the...

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Why target sugary drinks for such extreme taxes?

Why target sugary drinks for such extreme taxes?

The Rio Grande Foundation has long advocated for lowering New Mexico's tax on beer (the excise tax on beer is 41 cents/gallon, among the nation's highest). The RGF supported lowering the tax to 8 cents/gallon and opposed recent efforts to raise the tax. The point is,...

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Springtime for RTW Job Growth

Springtime for RTW Job Growth

The Foundation is tracking announcements of expansions, relocations, and greenfield investments published on Area Development's website. Founded in 1965, the publication "is considered the leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation. …...

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Experiences from Other States Show Merit of Dental Therapy

Experiences from Other States Show Merit of Dental Therapy

ALBUQUERQUE — With Santa Fe deeply divided between a Democrat-controlled legislature and a Republican-led executive branch, the potential for stagnation and stalemate is high as lawmakers convene for the 2017 session. One issue that has generated support from across...

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A Chilly Month for Forced-Unionism Job Creation

A Chilly Month for Forced-Unionism Job Creation

The Foundation is tracking announcements of expansions, relocations, and greenfield investments published on Area Development's website. Founded in 1965, the publication "is considered the leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation. …...

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Bernalillo County Voters Should be Skeptical of UNMH Mill Levy

Bernalillo County Voters Should be Skeptical of UNMH Mill Levy

Every eight years, University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) must ask Bernalillo County voters to renew the Hospital’s Mill Levy. Bernalillo County imposes a mill levy for the Hospital at a rate approximating 6.400 on both residential and non-residential property in...

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NM Behavioral Health System Can, and Must, Be Reformed

NM Behavioral Health System Can, and Must, Be Reformed

ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s behavioral-healthcare system is in crisis. This is widely acknowledged. The administration of Gov. Susana Martinez took dramatic steps in 2013 when she suspended Medicaid payments to nonprofit providers due to suspicions of fraud. Right or...

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