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Opinion: Lujan Grisham's COVID-19 response has been wanting

After nearly 16 months of COVID-19 and related policies, New Mexico is finally reopening on Thursday. Recently, New Mexico Education Secretary Ryan Stewart who spent most of the... — Updated 6/26/2021

 
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Opinion: Census report should be wakeup call

The US Census Bureau recently released what can only be described as some disturbing data regarding the future of New Mexico. Notably, while the state’s population grew by just... — Updated 5/11/2021

 
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Opinion: NM Dems walking fine energy line

If there were an overall theme for New Mexico’s political situation it would be the ongoing attempts by Democrats to placate their environmentalist base, which opposes... — Updated 4/17/2021

 
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Opinion: Legislature failed on longterm prosperity

New Mexico is in one of the most unusual economic times in its history. Profound forces have impacted our state over the last year in unforeseen ways. • The governor and COVID shu... — Updated 3/30/2021

 
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Opinion: Oil, gas ban will disproportionately affect New Mexicans

In New Mexico and the United States as a whole, recent months have seen unprecedented attacks on the traditional energy sector from policymakers in Santa Fe and Washington. The... — Updated 2/13/2021

 
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Opinion: Netflix rebate comes at expense of NM taxpayers

New Mexico remains among the most locked down states in the nation when it comes to the Coronavirus. In October the state’s unemployment rate was among the highest in the nation... — Updated 12/19/2020

 
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Opinion: Shutting down in-person learning a bad option

Recently, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho and Clovis school districts joined Albuquerque and Las Cruces schools in abandoning any in-person learning. Instead, for the foreseeable future all... — Updated 11/21/2020

 
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Opinion: Fuel economy requirement unrealistic

Recently, California Gov. Gavin Newsom made headlines with his announcement that by 2035 his state will ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles. That is an ambitious goal, but given... — Updated 10/10/2020

 
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Opinion: Remove government obstacles to broadband

New Mexico leaders, especially those working in and around K-12 education, are scrambling for solutions to the state's broadband issues. An estimated 25 percent of families in our s... — Updated 9/26/2020

 
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Opinion: Governor should face coming challenges

For all intents and purposes New Mexico is closed for business until at least May 15. Whether you agree with the way Michelle Lujan Grisham has handled the COVID 19 crisis or if... — Updated 4/25/2020

 
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Voters will weigh in on spending binge

When the 2018 election results were tallied and it was clear that New Mexico had moved into the “progressive blue state” category, it was destined to be a tough couple of years... — Updated 2/29/2020

 
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Governor's budget highlights contrast

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham recently released her budget to be considered by the Legislature in the upcoming 30-day session. As expected, there is a lot of new spending thanks to... — Updated 1/18/2020

 
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State taxpayers deserve some of surplus back

According to the latest estimates from Santa Fe, the state’s general fund budget is expected to be $7.882 billion next fiscal year. When Gov. Martinez left office in 2018 the... — Updated 12/14/2019

 
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Tax increases won't diversify NM economy

House Democrats have revamped and are now pushing House Bill 6, legislation that ostensibly “reforms” New Mexico’s tax code. In reality, the legislation would impose a... — Updated 2/23/2019

 
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Spending points to higher taxes

As the 2019 Legislature kicks off and budgets are issued by Governor Lujan-Grisham and the Legislature, New Mexicans should be worried about the future of their state. The $1.1... — Updated 1/19/2019

 
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Opinion: Martinez did a lot of good in office

After eight years of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in office, what is her legacy? She was the first Latina governor in America soon to be followed by Michelle Lujan-Grisham who... — Updated 12/22/2018

 
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Opinion: Smaller government better path to ethical behavior

Appearing on New Mexicans’ ballots this fall is Constitutional Amendment 2, which would create an ethics commission. To New Mexico’s advocates for “good government,” it’s... — Updated 10/22/2018

 
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Tax, pension reform deserve more attention

The announcement that New Mexico’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year is now $1.2 billion in surplus is welcome news. After a decade of fiscal and economic challenges, there are... — Updated 9/17/2018

 
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Moody's downgrade a clear warning

Despite a $600 million surplus and an unemployment rate that has dropped to an almost-respectable 5.1 percent, New Mexico’s economy is in dire shape. This bearish view of New Mexi... — Updated 7/8/2018

 
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Best to spend extra cash on tax, pension reform

New Mexico policymakers and citizens received some good economic news recently. Thanks to the much-maligned process known as fracking, oil production in the Permian Basin in... — Updated 5/19/2018

 
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Pre-K programs no match for improved teachers

The Catholic archbishops of New Mexico have become the leading advocates of increasing the money taken out of the state’s “Permanent Fund” in an effort to create a variety of... — Updated 3/17/2018

 
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FDA hindrance to life-saving tech

The Food and Drug Administration is hardly a flashy agency. News releases about drug approvals and genetic testing don’t get quite as much fanfare as NASA’s latest mission or... — Updated 1/22/2018

 
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Legislative session prelude to November

With tax reform taken off the agenda by New Mexico’s Democrat legislative leaders, it is clear that the 30-day session will be more about going through the motions and... — Updated 1/7/2018

 
 By Paul Gessing    Voices

School choice needed for education progress

It’s back to school time in New Mexico. But throughout the summer three big education-related headlines have framed education policy issues that will impact our school children... — Updated 8/13/2017

 
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Lottery Scholarship program needs more transparency

New Mexico’s Higher Education Department recently announced that New Mexico’s Lottery Scholarship will cover an average of “only” 60 percent of qualifying students... — Updated 6/11/2017

 

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