Bernalillo County Commission to vote on $500 million Santolina tax diversion

New Mexicans are still discussing and coming to grips with the results of the 2016 election, but government marches on. Bernalillo County’s commission will be voting on Tuesday night on the much-discussed tax increment development district (TIDD) for Santolina. The Rio Grande Foundation has opposed TIDD’s for Santolina. Libertarians and limited-government advocates like Randal O’Toole …

The left’s pathetic defense of “Democracy Dollars”

If you want to check out a completely inept “defense” of Democracy Dollars (the proposal in Albuquerque’s City election to let leftist groups take over local elections), you need to look no further than today’s Albuquerque Journal. The authors from OLÉ (the new iteration of the discredited group ACORN) attempt to trash Pat Rogers, specifically …

Government shouldn’t subsidize development: upwards or outwards

Due primarily to challenging economic conditions which show little sign of a long-term turnaround, New Mexico’s population growth has stagnated: Of course, developers tend to build when either 1) market forces support it (see the recent discussion of Denver for details) or 2) when politicians subsidize it. While no one wants to see growth in …

Talking economic development subsidies and TIDD’s with Good Jobs First

On this Saturday’s episode of Tipping Point New Mexico, Dowd Muska and Paul Gessing interviewed Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First on a variety of issues relating to developing New Mexico’s struggling economy. This interview represents the very best of left/right agreement in opposing government policies that pick and choose some special interests and industries …

Cash-strapped Bernalillo County “celebrates” County Government Month with Billboard

Leave it up to the County that saw one of its commissioners head to Cannes, France on “business” to threaten to raise taxes and then take out a billboard costing $5,000 up to celebrate “County Government Month.” The billboard is on the north side of I-25 North just past the Big I and looks just …

Randal O’Toole Luncheon: Albuquerque’s Transportation Future

Rio Grande Foundation Speaker Series Event: Albuquerque's Transportation Future Click here for registration form. The Rail Runner, Bus Rapid Transit, and land-use planning; these are just a few of the issues currently being discussed by New Mexico's political leadership and economic development establishment. What should advocates of the free market consider on these issues? Is …