Taking a Look at Taxes in New Mexico!

Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

Fire “Fee” Increases Just Another Hidden Tax

Another day, another tax on small businesses passed by the City of Albuquerque. Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of this one- the tax increase came disguised as something called a “Fire and Life Safety Fee.” With such a dramatic name, you would think this Fee...

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Time is Right to Reform New Mexico’s Tax Code

Time is Right to Reform New Mexico’s Tax Code

New Mexico has a golden opportunity right now. The discovery of incredible oil riches in the Southeastern part of our State is not just a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Rather, it is the kind of thing that happens only rarely in the history of any state or nation....

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RGF report on UNM/NMSU sports teams generates coverage

RGF report on UNM/NMSU sports teams generates coverage

The Rio Grande Foundation earned some serious news coverage recently in its critique of the "major" college sports programs at UNM and NMSU. In taking the position that student fees and taxpayer dollars should not be diverted to prop up sports programs we put fort the...

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Legislative analysts agree: Film subsidies are money-loser

Legislative analysts agree: Film subsidies are money-loser

For years the Rio Grande Foundation has attempted to educate New Mexicans on the bad economics of film subsidies. The program which actually began under then Gov. Gary Johnson was enhanced by Bill Richardson when he and the Legislature made it state policy to return...

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Press clips from post-session talk in Los Alamos

Press clips from post-session talk in Los Alamos

The Rio Grande Foundation is a state-wide think tank. If you can get a good number (20 or more) of folks to come out for an event, we'll likely be willing and able to show up and provide data and information about what is happening in New Mexico. Foundation president...

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RGF president Paul Gessing discussed the 2019 session's outcome with KOB TV Channel 4. The story is below, but my tweet explains our general take on what happened:

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Tax hikes won’t diversify New Mexico economy

Tax hikes won’t diversify New Mexico economy

House Democrats have revamped and are now pushing HB 6, legislation that ostensibly “reforms” New Mexico’s tax code. In reality, the legislation would impose a variety of tax hikes and raise New Mexicans’ overall tax burdens by $120 million a year. The bill would have...

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Questioning APS Maintenance Freeze on KOAT Channel 7

Questioning APS Maintenance Freeze on KOAT Channel 7

Recently, RGF President Paul Gessing wrote an "open letter" to the APS administration regarding their defeat in the recent bond/tax hike election and their decision to freeze spending on facility maintenance. Among other things I noted that APS' budget allocates...

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