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By Paul Gessing

We at the Rio Grande Foundation have not been shy in our critiques of the 2019 legislative session. Economic freedom lost big during the session while higher taxes, more government regulations, and bigger government won.

In the long-run such moves will inevitably result in slower economic growth and reduced wealth for New Mexicans. Low economic freedom New Mexico has consistently lagged behind all of its neighbors in terms of population growth and economic prosperity.

Nate Cote, PhD,
Las Cruces, NM 88011
Former State Representative
Past Commander and current Service Officer, DAV NM Chapter 10
U.S. Navy Veteran
Member, Board of Directors New Mexico Voices for Children

Keeping Our Promises to Veterans
The other day a Gulf War veteran, who is now in his 60s and has various service-related medical conditions that are keeping him homebound, on oxygen, and in pain with his hands trembling asked me for help deciphering some VA correspondence. As service officer for a local veteran service organization I see the first-hand consequences of war on our veterans and inadequate assistance from our federal, state, and local governments. There are endless issues around veteran healthcare, benefits, mental health, and homelessness requiring attention by some of the same politicians that sent them to war. Although it’s the federal government that sends our military to fight wars and conflicts, state and local governments are not without responsibility to those who serve our country.

Another issue at legislative session that will go against what our Founding Fathers intended in the Constitution

HB 55 at the 2019 New Mexico Legislative session proposes to change the rules of choosing a president and vice president to allow the state electors to vote only for the candidate with the highest national total of votes.

In Article II of the U.S. Constitution, it states in Section 1: The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

Commentary By Carla J. Sonntag

President and Founder, New Mexico Business Coalition

It’s admirable to see how hard our legislators are working. Whether I agree with them or not, they are focused on moving their agendas.

The question is whether or not those agendas are best for our state.

Did you know when you voted in 2018 for a Democrat governor that you were voting in support of killing, murdering unborn babies up through the ninth month of pregnancy, even during labor?

I bet most of you didn't know that. You believed you were voting for a moderate Democrat.

By Senator Pete Campos

In New Mexico, we are blessed with beautiful weather, incredible natural and historical wonders and a welcoming and diverse culture. Over time, New Mexico has worked to utilize these strengths to develop New Mexico's recognition by the film industry, both nationally and internationally. The time has come for us to triple our commitment to attracting new opportunities and investment in New Mexico. The film industry serves as an important economic driver all across the state, providing jobs to thousands of New Mexicans — from the City of Las Vegas, where New Mexico film was first established, to Roswell; from Alcalde to the Pueblo of Zia; and from Albuquerque, where Netflix recently purchased ABQ Studios, to Las Cruces.

If you're really happy and thrilled about how the New Mexico Legislature is shoving radical legislation down our throats, then you should probably stop reading now!

If, however, you are truly concerned about what's happening in Santa Fe and some of the bills being pushed through without allowing substantial discussion from opposing positions, read on.

In my opinion, our rights are being taken away from us in a wholesale fashion.

A much needed step in the right direction – merit selection of Regents for New Mexico’sHigher Education Institutions.By Garrey Carruthers, Roberta Ramo, and Carlos Romero, Chairs of the Regents Screening Teams.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s transition team for higher education noted that a “regent shouldbe an individual with distinguished accomplishments, a positive view of the role of higher education, and a commitment to establishing positive relationships with stakeholders both insideand outside the higher education institution.” On top of that, the governor wanted to see criteriafor selection of regents and a process for evaluating applicants using these criteria that she couldembrace. We’re excited to share our ideas about the process that led to selections.

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