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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.




046 Dean Stansel and the Economic Freedom of North America

Paul and Dowd have a lively discussion with Dean Stansel. Dean is a research associate professor at the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University. He is the is primary author of the Economic Freedom of North America 2018. This annual report provides an economic freedom index for states and provinces in North America. Hear how New Mexico fares in the report compared to our neighboring states, what are the best opportunities for improvement, and what...


045 Herrell Loses, APS Bond Election, Honeywell, Spending and Oil

On this week's show Paul and Dowd briefly discuss the results of the race in Congressional District 2 in which Yvettte Herrell lost after being ahead on election night. Also, Dowd and Paul provide a recap of the Foundation's event with transportation expert Randal O’Toole. APS School board is looking to raise property taxes by 19%. New Mexico’s economy finally has as many jobs as it did 10 years and 7 months ago. Oil prices are dropping. In a further blow to economic diversification...


044 New Mexico's Blue Wave - Election Analysis

A Democratic Party blue wave swept through New Mexico's 2018 elections. Paul, Dowd and Wally analyze what happened and what it may mean for New Mexico public policy in coming years. The "election analysis team" also takes a look at how their election predictions fared in the bright light of the actual results.


043 News, ART and Election Predictions

Paul and Dowd go over the news of the week including the announcement that the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project is on hold due to problems with the electric busses. And don't miss election predictions from Paul, Dowd and Wally.


042 Romance of the Rails with Randal O'Toole

Dowd and Paul interview transportation expert Randal O'Toole. Randal has visited New Mexico multiple times to speak to Rio Grande Foundation audiences. He has a new book called "Romance of the Rails" which gives an excellent history of passenger rail and mass transit in the United States and explains why it is unwise for government to subsidize these forms of travel. Being familiar with New Mexico, Randal also discusses the Rail Runner, Albuquerque Rapid Transit, and the Southwest Chief...


041Best and Worst Campaign Rhetoric from New Mexico 2018

Paul and Dowd are going to be hard at work on election night covering the election returns and providing analysis of the results. Paul will be on KSFR 101.1FM, the NPR station in Santa Fe covering the returns from 8 to 11pm alongside a diverse array of panelists. Dowd and Wally Drangmeister, producer of Tipping Point NM will be on the air from 7:30 to 10:30 pm. They'll be on Comcast channel 26 and online on Proview Networks Facebook page. Dowd and Paul give their best and worst campaign...


040 LEDA and JTIP and Film, Oh My!

Dowd and Paul explore corporate welfare programs in New Mexico. They examine the questionable constitutional nature of these programs, and then examine New Mexico's most prominent economic development programs including the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA), the Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP), New Mexico's 25% and 30% production tax credit (film subsidy) and more.


039 Higher Education Challenges in NM, Bonds for Tiny Houses

Dowd and Paul start out talking about Dowd's recent opinion piece in the Albuquerque Journal which discussed in detail some of the many challenges facing higher education in New Mexico. Paul shares data from a recent story detailing falling enrollment at the flagship university as well as statewide and outlines some solutions to those issues. Finally, they discuss the higher education bonds on this fall's ballot statewide and how voters might consider holding bureaucrats' feet to the fire on...


038 Matthew Mitchell of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Dowd and Paul interview Matthew Mitchell of the free market Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Matt is the Director of the Equity Initiative and Senior Research Fellow. Matt is the first podcast guest to have worked at the Rio Grande Foundation. He also lives in Angel Fire, New Mexico. They discuss the policy and economic challenges facing our State. Finally, the podcast focuses on Matt's work at Mercatus, Gov. Martinez's executive order on occupational licensing, and how...


037 Cato Rates Governor Martinez, Netflix and more

Paul and Dowd begin with a discussion of Paul's experiences and meetings at the State Policy Network annual meeting. Paul meets some prominent figures in the liberty movement and recounts the success of a prominent NMSU Aggie in the liberty movement. Susana Martinez has been named the Cato Institute's most fiscally-conservative governor. There's more to the story and Dowd addresses that. Right to Work won (again) in September and it has been introduced in Farmington and Ruidoso as...


036 Truth in Accounting for State of New Mexico

Paul and Dowd interview Sheila Weinberg of the Chicago-based Truth in Accounting. Her organization works to "compel governments to produce financial reports that are understandable, reliable, transparent and correct." Topics include New Mexico's fiscal health -- including unfunded liabilities and the disclaimers attached to the state's reliably late comprehensive annual financial reports -- and the highest- and lowest-ranked performers on TIA's "Financial State of the States" report.


035 Kavanaugh, Occupational Licensing, Ethics Commission and more

On this week's episode Dowd and Paul discuss the Brett Kavanaugh becoming a justice on the US Supreme Court as well as assessing some of the key Court decisions in the past year and the politics of the issue as we move toward Election Day. They briefly recap the bail reform event and discuss the executive order issued by Gov. Susana Martinez on occupational licensing. Dowd explains how "progressive" economic policies often result in "regressive" economic outcomes, especially for a...


SP1 New Mexico Bail Reform Panel Discussion

On October 4, 2018, the Rio Grande Foundation and Justice Action Network co-hosted a panel discussion of New Mexico's recent bail reform and pretrial assessment systems. Moderated by Lauren Krisai of the Justice Action Network. Panelists included Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto and former US attorneys Brett Tolman (Utah), and David Iglesias (NM. Rio Grande Foundation president Paul Gessing introduces the event and Ms. Krisai at the outset. 00:00 - 1:45 Gessing introduces event and panel 1:46 - 8:05...


034 Seth Saavedra on Education Reform

Paul and Dowd sit down with Seth Saavedra of "The Education Blog." Seth writes extensively at his blog about education issues in New Mexico. He's got personal experience in education both in and outside of New Mexico. He's a self-identified Democrat and education reformer and among the many topics addressed are APS, New Mexico's change-averse culture, and the education proposals being offered up by both Michelle Lujan-Grisham and Steve Pearce.


033 Trump benefits to NM Economy, Food Stamps and more

Dowd and Paul discuss the problems at New Mexico's Human Services Department involving administration of the food stamp program which have resulted in New Mexico owing the federal government $164 million. A new report echoes previous analysis from the Rio Grande Foundation indicating that New Mexico's economy has improved more since President Trump took office than any other state economy. The RGF signs onto an important amicus brief relating to "excessive fees." Telecommuting is more...


032 Charter School Principal Tim Thiery

Dowd and Paul talk to Tim Thiery, principal of the Estancia Valley Classical Academy a public charter school which is based in Moriarty, NM. The Academy is affiliated with Hillsdale Academy and charges no tuition for students. The Academy's Foundation is hosting an upcoming event with Lt. Col. Allen West and they discuss that as well as the broader education situation in New Mexico and what makes it hard for schools in the State to excel.


031Right to Work, Film Subsidies, Education, and Campaign Finance Reform

On the Rio Grande Foundation's weekly podcast Dowd and Paul discuss the latest Right to Work jobs numbers from August. They recap the Americans for Prosperity meeting in Ruidoso on Right to Work, and Dowd offers some insights from his presentation comparing Kentucky and New Mexico. The City of Las Cruces is considering a new film subsidy. Education is moving to the forefront of hot issues facing New Mexico. Paul and Dowd discuss the recent polls and some of the issues facing our...


030 Corporate Site Selection and How New Mexico Stacks Up

Paul and Dowd visit with John Boyd. John specializes exclusively in the field of site selection and business relocation. He is constantly monitoring business climates, labor conditions, cost trends, incentive programs and other factors that impact a company's decision on where to locate business operations. Learn how New Mexico fairs against our neighbors and what we could do to improve business attraction.


029 Pearce vs. Lujan-Grisham Race: Gessing and Muska Analyze

Dowd and Paul discuss the Albuquerque Journal's recently-released polling data for various New Mexico races. Is the data reliable? What does it mean for this fall's elections? The Rio Grande Foundation recently hosted a series of events around Southern New Mexico. Paul and Dowd discuss their trip. KOB TV did an excellent story on an important issue (Medicaid and its problems) and Paul was able to sit down with them. Dowd has been tracking the development of data centers that may or may...


028 Opportunities for New Mexico and China

Paul and Dowd interview Deborah Burns of Invest US LLC. Deborah was involved in bringing the US/China business matchmaking conference to Albuquerque in October of 2017. What is happening these days with some of those businesses and job creation? Deborah has spent 6 weeks during the past year in China. How are the recent political controversies over trade perceived there? What additional opportunities exist between New Mexico and China and what other investment efforts can New Mexico take...