Rio Grande Foundation Audios

117 Rachel Greszler – Impact of $15 Minimum Wage

117 Rachel Greszler – Impact of $15 Minimum Wage

Paul visits with Rachel Greszler, a research fellow in the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget. Rachel Greszler focuses on retirement and labor policies such as  Social Security, disability insurance, pensions, and worker compensation. Her work focuses on...

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115 Communicating Our Values in New Mexico

115 Communicating Our Values in New Mexico

On this podcast, Paul sits down with former New Mexico Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and David Casas. Both are involved in an informal effort here in New Mexico to improve messaging on a variety of economic and social issues in our State. The messaging of course can be...

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113 Don Watkins – Center for Industrial Progress

113 Don Watkins – Center for Industrial Progress

On this week’s podcast, Paul is joined by Rio Grande Foundation scholar and summer intern Raul Ayala to interview Don Watkins, Director of Education at the Center for Industrial Progress. The Center is a pro-energy think tank headed up by Alex Epstein. Watkins comes...

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112 APS Pay Hikes, US Constitution and more

112 APS Pay Hikes, US Constitution and more

Albuquerque Public Schools adopts big pay hikes, especially for its superintendent who is receiving an 11% pay hike. Will these pay hikes result in better outcomes? Is the money even being used to attract and retain high-quality teachers? What would actually help with...

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111 NM Bail Reform: Needed Reform or Catch and Release?

111 NM Bail Reform: Needed Reform or Catch and Release?

On this week's podcast, Paul interviews Lauren Krisai, Senior Policy Analyst, Justice Action Network. Lauren's group has worked extensively on bail reform nationwide. That bail reform was adopted in New Mexico via Constitutional Amendment in 2016 and Bernalillo County...

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110 NM Gross Receipts Tax – A Closer Look

110 NM Gross Receipts Tax – A Closer Look

On this week’s podcast discussion Paul and Wally take a closer look at the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax. Why is this tax so problematic? How does the tax inflict harm on New Mexico’s economy while also encouraging the growth of government? Is momentum building for...

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109 John Heaton – Carlsbad Economic Development

109 John Heaton – Carlsbad Economic Development

On this week's podcast Paul interviews former Democratic State Rep. John Heaton. Heaton currently works with the City of Carlsbad as Energy Development Coordinator. Paul and John spend some time discussing the oil and gas boom and its impact on his area of the State,...

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