There are any number of reasons to be concerned about Gov. Lujan-Grisham’s plans to make higher education “free” for New Mexico students. I shared some reasons in my recent interview with KOAT TV. This interview was conducted via Skype from Roswell, NM!
With Gov. Lujan-Grisham having proposed “free” college, it is worth noting that New Mexico already spends more per $1,000 of personal income than any other state in the nation beside Wyoming. What results have those dollars generated? Will “free” college make a big difference in those economic and educational outcomes?
According to several media outlets Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham has put forth a plan to make college “free” for New Mexico residents. Initial estimates are for the program to cost $25 to $35 million annually, but thanks to New Mexico’s ongoing oil boom in SE New Mexico the money is available at least right now. It […]
Recently the Rio Grande Foundation filed suit against Bernalillo County for not giving the Foundation public records relevant to the recently-passed mandatory paid leave proposal. Even after the ordinance passed we kept the lawsuit going because we believe in open government and we believe that citizens have a right to know who is influencing elected […]
The latest supposed environmental “crisis” to hit New Mexico is “ground-level ozone.” The State is now working on a plan to address this problem. The first thing to mention about the ozone issue is that in 2015, the EPA made ground-level ozone standards stricter. Meeting information can be found here. Now, is this a “crisis?” […]
Paul interviews local activist and attorney Pat Rogers about the “Democracy Dollars” ballot measure that will be on City of Albuquerque ballots this fall. What does the proposal claim to do? What are the problems with this new source of public campaign financing? Who is going to be eligible to collect and return these “Dollars” […]
The Rio Grande Foundation (and many others) were in Carlsbad, NM recently for the Mayor’s Energy Summit. The event was well-attended with perhaps 500 to 700 participating. Many of those were oil and gas workers, but political leaders of both parties were there including Gov. Lujan-Grisham who spoke and Former Gov. Susana Martinez who did […]
Christina Sandefur, an attorney and policy expert with the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute shared the foundational importance of private property rights at a well-attended Rio Grande Foundation/Federalist Society of NM talk last night. Her topics which focused on various aspects of property rights happened to address two important RGF successes: eminent domain reform and civil asset […]
There are always a few bad ideas on Albuquerque ballots. One of the worst ideas to come along in a long time is the mis-named “Democracy Dollars” proposal. The proposal (you can read the TWO questions here) which is on City ballots this fall would profoundly alter the way City elections are funded by pouring […]
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed freezing the ever-rising Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards at the current benchmark of 37 miles per gallon — suspending the increase to 51 miles that had been scheduled for 2025. This, like the Administration’s recent repeal of George W. Bush-era light bulb regulations, is a good thing for […]