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Stadiums should rely on private funding

Stadiums should rely on private funding

The following appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on December 4, 2019. Like so many in the metro area, I was impressed by the outpouring of support and high quality of play by the New Mexico United in its inaugural season. Considering the timing of United’s success,...

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No, New Mexico doesn’t need a gas tax hike

No, New Mexico doesn’t need a gas tax hike

The following appeared in the 11/27/19 edition of the Las Cruces Sun-News. As we move toward 2020 and the start of the short, 30-day legislative session, there are some who want the big-spenders in Santa Fe to raise taxes once again on hard-working New Mexicans. In...

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Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

Santa Fe Spending Binge Kicks Into High Gear

The Legislative Finance Committee has published the requests of New Mexico government agencies for FY 2021. Last year the Legislature increased general fund spending by a robust 12 percent, but with oil production growing rapidly and prices per-barrel holding stable,...

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Talking Democracy Dollars w/ KOAT Channel 7

Talking Democracy Dollars w/ KOAT Channel 7

Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing recently sat down with TJ Wilham at KOAT Channel 7 to discuss the ill-conceived "Democracy Dollars" proposal on Albuquerque ballots this fall. There are numerous serious problems with the proposal (see link above). Or,...

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Albuquerque Voters Could Lower Their Taxes in Local Election

Albuquerque Voters Could Lower Their Taxes in Local Election

Early voting in Albuquerque's municipal elections begins Saturday. Find out where to go here. There are some very important issues on local ballots including bonds and renewal of a 1/4 cent gross receipts tax that is supposed to go for transportation, but 38% of which...

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No Need for New Permanent Fund in New Mexico

No Need for New Permanent Fund in New Mexico

The following appeared in the Las Cruces Sun-News on September 15. While there are a number of bad ideas being put forth in Santa Fe to use a portion of the oil and gas surplus, the idea of creating a new permanent fund Budget analysts in New Mexico expect the...

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