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Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.

Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.
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Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.




138 Football, Public Records, Elections and More

Reconsidering the Aggie/Lobo football merger idea put forth by RGF last summer in light of current performance and MLG's "free" higher ed idea. Bernalillo County makes tracking down public records challenging. Homeless advocates and Mayor Keller don't agree as to whether the proposed central homeless facility is a good idea. Paul just visited California for a family vacation. A few items: California's high cost of gas and blackouts. PG&E became the only U.S. utility ever to have...


137 Michael Johnson - Questions About Governor's 52 MPG Plan

On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Michael Johnson. Michael has a fascinating background in business and once studied economics under both Milton Friedman and Paul Samuelson. But Mike is also a car enthusiast and collector. And he has some serious questions about Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's plans to take New Mexico vehicles to 52 miles per gallon by 2022. Mike is a wealth of information and provided numerous links to find out more details about the challenge of getting...


136 Anti-Energy, Democracy Dollars, Film Subsidies and More

On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the attendance of two of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's top staffers in New York at a radical anti-energy conference sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Trust. Proponents of "Democracy Dollars" which will appear on Albuquerque voters' ballots won't debate with opponents. The supposed proponents of good, open government want to use the muscle of the myriad left-wing "grassroots" groups to push the issue through on ballots. New Mexico...


135 Dick Minzner - New Mexico Economic Policy

Paul interviews Dick Minzner. Dick has been a long-time fixture in New Mexico politics for many years. He's been head of the Tax and Revenue Department, a Democrat Legislator, and lobbyist to name just a few of his many roles. They begin by discussing a bit of that history as well as some of the policy decisions that have improved or harmed New Mexico's economy. Paul and Dick discuss tax reform and how to best leverage the $900 million surplus in ways that make New Mexico more...


134 APS Tax, Democracy $, Firewood Ban and 52 mpg

On this week's episode of Tipping Point New Mexico, Paul and Wally discuss Gov. Lujan Grisham's latest big-government proposal. She wants to force New Mexicans to buy cars averaging 52 mpg by 2022. That's more aggressive than California! And, does she really have that power? APS is asking for $290 million from voters this fall albeit with no tax hike. What should voters think about this? Liberal groups won't debate Democracy Dollars. Our new website is set up to educate people on this...


133 Scott Lopez - Better Angels

On this week's interview, Paul sits down with Scott Lopez. Born and raised in Española, NM and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Scott has served our nation in the military and been a successful business leader and entrepreneur. Paul and Scott discuss what New Mexico needs to do to unleash its vast human and economic potential. Then, Paul and Scott discuss a nationwide project Scott is working on to improve the national political discourse called Better Angels. Scott is the...


132 Problems with Gov. Lujan-Grisham's Free College Plan

On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally take on Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham's plan to make higher education "free." They outline some of the major problems with the proposal as well as some of the unforeseen pitfalls associated with its design. With "free" college on the agenda for 2020, this is a must-listen!


131 Americans for Tax Reform: NM Taxes and Vaping

On this week's Tipping Point New Mexico interview Paul talks to two staffers with Americans for Tax Reform. On the first segment, Patrick Gleason who handles state affairs discusses a new study he wrote which details both the size of each state government and the growth of government in recent years. New Mexico is both the 2nd-biggest state government AND the 2nd-fastest growing in the nation. Gleason also shared information on the most important ballot measure in the nation which is...


130 Oil, Ozone, Property Rights and Trump

On this week's discussion podcast, Paul shares details about his recent trip to Carlsbad for the Mayor's Energy Conference including an appearance from former Gov. Susana Martinez as well as a talk by Gov. Lujan-Grisham. Paul and Wally briefly discuss the drastic increase in oil prices in the wake of the attack in Saudi Arabia and the point made repeatedly at the conference that the Permian Basin is the "safest" oil source in the world. The State of New Mexico is taking on the issue of...


129 Albuquerque Democracy Dollars

On this week's interview, 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" which will cost Albuquerque taxpayers real money? This is probably the most important single issue on Albuquerque ballots this fall. Paul...


128 Bernalillo County Lawsuit and Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

On this week's discussion episode Paul and Wally discuss the Foundation's lawsuit against Bernalillo County over public records relating to the recently-passed paid time off ordinance. In an opinion piece published in the Albuquerque Journal, the Foundation also argued against a newly-imposed fire tax in Albuquerque that was passed under the radar. Also, the Journal editorialized in a more critical manner than they ever have before on New Mexico's generous film subsidies. They take issue...


127 NM's Permanent Funds - A Deep Dive

With New Mexico swimming in an oil and gas generated surplus, discussions are underway as to what to do with all the money. The idea of a new "permanent fund" to be put aside for early childhood programs is being raised. With powerful Sen. Finance Committee Chairman John Arthur-Smith endorsing such a scheme it definitely has a chance to become law. Paul and Wally do a "deep-dive" into "sovereign wealth funds" like NM's permanent funds. What are they? Are they exclusively good things or do...


126 Oil Revenue, Railyard, ETA and more

New Mexico revenues confirmed to be at all-time high thanks to oil/gas boom with $907 million of "new" money available for the Legislature to spend in 2020. A new permanent fund has been proposed as a destination for those dollars. Is that a good idea? Paul and Wally briefly discuss here but elaborate on this week's interview podcast in a "deep dive" on sovereign wealth funds. Finally, with all this money flowing into the State's coffers, who pays for the roads that have enabled the oil boom...


125 New Mexico's Film Industry and Subsidies

On this week's podcast, Paul talks to Danny Seymour, a UNM MBA who has been working with the Rio Grande Foundation as a high-level intern. Danny happens to have worked extensively in the New Mexico film industry but is critical of the subsidies. Danny and Paul talk a good deal about the inner-workings of the industry and the exceedingly generous government benefits given to this one industry. Seymour put his film-making talents to work by making a short Youtube video on film subsidies. In...


124 Awkward Situations

Mandatory paid leave passes the Bernalillo County Commission with some small changes. What did the Commission do and did they improve the final ordinance or is it still full of problems? Also, the City of Albuquerque is already considering adopting its own paid leave proposal. Paul and Wally discuss the prospects for that and what it could mean for action by the Legislature. Paul and Wally discuss the fact that Gov. Lujan-Grisham’s new Education Secretary sends 9-year-old son to a fancy...


123 Philip Ord - Americans for Nuclear Energy

On this podcast, Paul interviews Philip Ord, President of Americans for Nuclear Energy. The group advocates and educates on behalf of nuclear power in the United States. New Mexico is a "nuclear" state as the home of the A-bomb and two national nuclear labs. Storage is also part of New Mexico's nuclear story. Mostly Paul and Phil discuss nuclear's potential for energy production and why it is better than either coal or so-called "renewables." Phil believes that climate change is a clear...


122 Media Complicity in Spreading Disinformation

Most studies say vaping is far healthier than cigarette smoking, but a local filmmaker working with high school students called it "more detrimental than being addicted to cigarettes." This story highlights both factual ignorance and the media's complicity in spreading disinformation. Activity continues to build at Spaceport America, but when will those manned tourism flights begin? No one knows at this point. Oil is booming in New Mexico. New information shows just how big this boom...


121 Len Gilroy - Public Pension Reform in New Mexico

On this week's interview, Paul Gessing interviews Len Gilroy of the Reason Foundation. Len is an expert on public employee pension issues and New Mexico has plenty of them. You can read more about Reason's analysis of New Mexico's pension issues here and here. Also, Gov. Lujan-Grisham has proposed some pension reforms. Len offers his take on those reforms and whether they will put New Mexico's underfunded pension system on a sound footing. Pensions may seem like a boring subject, but...


120 Public Safety Audit, Sick Leave, Pension Changes

On this week's conversation, Paul recently sat down with KOAT to discuss an audit of the 2004 public safety tax that the City of Albuquerque has had in place for 15 years. Citizens were supposed to serve a real oversight role, but is one of several ways in which the law has not been followed. Mandatory sick leave could be voted on as soon as August 20 by Bernalillo County Commission. The Foundation has sued the County over an open records request. The Foundation has also been in editorial...


119 Larry Behrens - Power The Future

On this show, Paul interviews Larry Behrens. Larry is Western States Director with the group Power The Future. The group is fighting against both the national and New Mexico versions of the "Green New Deal" and recently co-produced a study with the Competitive Enterprise Institute which found that the national plan would cost every New Mexico household more than $70,000 in its first year of implementation. Paul and Larry further discuss New Mexico's "Energy Transition Act" and the many...