Discussion Topic: Transportation

New taxes Aren’t Necessary to Improve Our Roads

New taxes Aren’t Necessary to Improve Our Roads

The article below ran at the newly-relaunched NMPolitics.net which is managed by the indefatigable Heath Haussamen. We are thrilled to have Heath back at the helm of NMPolitics.net. Check out the site for more content provided by the Rio Grande Foundation and other...

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NM Should Avoid Higher Gasoline Tax

NM Should Avoid Higher Gasoline Tax

  Some New Mexicans have convinced themselves that the challenges facing the state's highways require a higher gasoline tax. They're wrong, and here's why. First, the true condition of New Mexico's roads contrasts with the oft-heard claims that they are...

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Tax-Funded Spaceport was Never a Good Idea

Tax-Funded Spaceport was Never a Good Idea

  The recent crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip2 in the Mojave Desert was a tragedy for the pilot that lost his life in the accident. It was also a setback for Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic, and the entire private space industry. However, for New Mexico...

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No Reason to Depend on Washington for Roads

No Reason to Depend on Washington for Roads

The following article appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News on July 20, 2014. Although legislation has passed the House (and will likely pass the Senate soon) to temporarily prop up the highway program and avoid an immediate crisis, the need for fundamental change in...

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NM Needs to Give Business Competition an Uber Lyft

NM Needs to Give Business Competition an Uber Lyft

Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft continue to face opposition at the Public Regulation Commission. Representatives of incumbent taxi cab companies have led lobbying efforts against the ride-share companies having published articles in various newspapers decrying the...

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Paul Gessing’s Appearance on KRWG “Newsmakers”

Paul Gessing’s Appearance on KRWG “Newsmakers”

On this 30 minute interview with Fred Martino of KRWG public television in Las Cruces, Gessing discusses several issues facing New Mexico including the struggling economy, the RailRunner and Spaceport, education reform, federal lands in New Mexico, and criminal...

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Passenger Rail Not Worth Big Subsidies it Requires

Passenger Rail Not Worth Big Subsidies it Requires

The tremendous costs of the Rail Runner were outlined in grave detail recently in the Journal. Annual costs are currently about $50 million between operations and payments on the original infrastructure. A portion of these costs are currently being shifted to the...

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The Spaceport and RailRunner: When Do We Stop Digging?

The Spaceport and RailRunner: When Do We Stop Digging?

How long do you keep spending money on something before you quit and cut your losses? New Mexico's Legislature will soon face some difficult decisions as to how much taxpayer money to spend on two high profile, Richardson-era projects, the Rail Runner and the...

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Reform Motor Coach Industry to Promote More Competition

Reform Motor Coach Industry to Promote More Competition

The Rio Grande Foundation recently completed a report in which it analyzed dozens of state regulations that are holding back our economy and need to be eliminated or reformed. The need for deregulation has never been more apparent with our economy losing jobs and...

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Put Rail Runner Out of Its Misery Sooner, Not Later

Put Rail Runner Out of Its Misery Sooner, Not Later

Originally marketed at a price of $122 million and as possibly being “high-speed,” the Rail Runner shuttles (mostly) tourists and government employees from downtown Albuquerque to Santa Fe and from Albuquerque south to the bedroom community of Belen. Only recently...

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