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By Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation | Mar 31, 2020

(Albuquerque, NM) – Immediately prior to the 2020 New Mexico legislative session, the consulting firm Moss Adams released a study claiming that Spaceport America began producing net economic and fiscal benefits for New Mexico as early as 2013.

Danny Seymour, a policy analyst at the Rio Grande Foundation, (the Foundation is a long-time critic of the decision by then-Gov. Bill Richardson to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in such a speculative venture) immediately went to work analyzing the study and its findings. But Seymour didn’t stop at merely deconstructing the Moss Adams report.

Boycott of Russian and Saudi Arabian Oil Would Protect New Mexico’s Workers from Foreign Countries Working to Manipulate Energy Markets

Albuquerque – Energy advocacy group Power The Future called on all members of the New Mexico congressional delegation to support strict boycotts on energy imports from Russia and Saudi Arabia on Monday. Currently, those two countries make up 12% of America’s oil imports. This must end in order to help protect over 100,000 New Mexico energy jobs.

Reports Point to Green Agenda Demands Holding Up Coronavirus Assistance Bill

Albuquerque – Journalists and organizations in Washington, D.C. are reporting the measure to offer Americans relief from Coronavirus is being held up in part because of demands for solar and wind tax credits. Despite the fact these giveaways to the eco-left have nothing to do with fighting the worldwide pandemic, they are reportedly part of the proposal put forth by leaders in the House.

To date, New Mexico’s three members of the House of Representatives have not commented on the inclusion of the green demands in the coronavirus relief bill.


BY PAUL GESSING of the Rio Grande Foundation

Imagine massive reductions in vehicle traffic. esypv7zueaamoo1Massive reductions in vehicle traffic as this photo of “The 405” during a recent “rush hour” in Los Angeles illustrates.

maxresdefaultMassive declines in air travel as flights are canceled and people refrain from air travel.

By Paul Gessing

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Stephanie Schardin Clarke announced Friday that New Mexicans will have an extra 90 days to file and pay their 2019 personal income taxes in recognition of the economic hardships many are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taxpayers will have until July 15 to file and pay any taxes due.

The Rio Grande Foundation commends the Governor for making this move.

As our state settles in to fight the Coronavirus, New Mexico’s energy workers are delivering what the radical environmental community never will: results.

You’re fracking welcome.

No doubt families are a little unsettled as they begin to cope with the household needs of an unexpected three-week-long Spring Break. Like many parents, I’m wondering how I am going to keep my children productively occupied while trying to maintain “social distancing” from the rest of the world. Judging by the calm chaos at my local grocery store, we all are there trying to stock up on items we think we’ll need to get through the next uncertain weeks.

By James Jimenez

We all benefit when New Mexico’s classrooms have the resources they need to educate our children. After all, today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, entrepreneurs, and workforce. But our educational outcomes are not what they should be, and part of the reason is that we’ve underfunded our schools for years.

Some of the money that supports New Mexico’s education system comes from royalties and rental payments paid by the oil and natural gas industries. Because we understand how fortunate we are to have those natural resources, we tend to forget our responsibility to be the very best stewards of them that we can be. We must ensure that we’re not shortchanging our students – but, because of the federal government’s outdated policies, we are.

The political world took notice last week as they watched Michael Bloomberg’s less-than-stellar debate performance. The former New York City mayor was skewered by the other candidates and we wonder if the New Mexico politicians who have championed Bloomberg, and his money, are feeling a little awkward today.

Many new Mexicans are surprised to learn how the former mayor of New York City and the 9th richest person in the United States spreads millions across the Land of Enchantment. After the surprise, they become angry because they see how Bloomberg is using that money to impose his radical agenda on New Mexico.

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