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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 signs of life in...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    July 8, 2018

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 Mexico’s economy is n...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    May 20, 2018

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 Southeast New Mexico is...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    March 18, 2018

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 early childhood pro...


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 the Pentagon’s...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    January 7, 2018

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 positioning for 2018 than...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    August 13, 2017

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 this year and for...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    June 11, 2017

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’ tuition at New Mexico...

 By Paul Gessing    Voices    April 16, 2017

Government needs to work better before raising taxes

There has been a lot of criticism of Gov. Martinez in the wake of her use of the veto pen in the wake of the 2017 legislative session. Tough economic times are not fun and New Mexico (unlike most...


Medicaid reform can save New Mexico

Recently, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan-Grisham joined supporters of Obamacare in protesting the possibility that President Donald Trump will repeal or dramatically alter the law. She is not alone....


Marketplace Fairness Act is unfair

The U.S. Senate, with the support of New Mexico's Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall, recently passed legislation called the "Marketplace Fairness Act." The idea is to set up a new taxation regime that would allow states to collect sales taxes on all... Full story


State should accept federal cuts

Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation focuses primarily on state and local policy issues. Nonetheless, given New Mexico's status as one of, if not the, most reliant states on federal spending within its borders, the perilous condition of the federal... Full story


Their view: State disproportionately impacted by federal cuts

Paul Gessing, president of New Mexico's Rio Grande Foundation, a research and educational organization dedicated to promoting prosperity for New Mexico, writes about the perilous condition of the federal budget. Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation...


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