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By Paul J. Gessing
After four long days of testimony and public comment the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) decided recently to move forward with Gov. Lujan Grisham's plan to follow California's "clean vehicle" standard. In practice that means New Mexico's car dealers will have to increase sales of EV's in New Mexico from the current 3 percent of all new vehicles to 43 percent by summer of 2026 and 82 percent by summer of 2031.
That may seem like a long time away, but the summer of 2026 is less than 3 years from now. New Mexico's car dealers are the ones with the most to lose under this policy, but the new rules will negatively impact all New Mexicans. Car dealers rightly fear that New Mexicans will travel to neighboring states to purchase their cars. There is nothing to stop them. In fact, online super-seller Amazon just announced that it would begin selling vehicles online.
Rio Grande Foundation take on the EIB vote last evening: Posted on November 17, 2023 by Paul Gessing</https://errorsofenchantment.com/mlgs-7-member-environmental-improvement-board-votes-to-limit-gas-cars-in-mere-3-2-vote/
At the Rio Grande Foundation we have written extensively about Gov. Lujan Grisham’s disdain for “democracy,” let alone a representative republic, but last night’s (Thursday, November 16) vote by her un-elected EIB takes the cake.
By Paul Gessing
The Legislative Finance Committee has produced a new report looking at the issue of New Mexico's low workforce participation rate. Here is one of many choice quotes analyzing the problem:
While unemployment rates have recovered to pre-pandemic levels, the share of the state's working age population participating in the labor force is persistently low. Social services, economic development, tax rates, pension systems, the service industry, and virtually every other area of the economy is impacted when there are fewer people working to support those who do not work.
The report further notes that "misalignment between the state's workforce skills and industry is a challenge for New Mexico's economic future," the report focuses most of its attention on job training programs and other economic development incentives, but I believe this is a mistake. What the LFC gently calls "misalignment" really means "ill prepared."
By Yvette Herrell / Alamogordo Republican
The United States is not in control of our southern border. The cartels have full, operational control and President Biden and his allies in Congress are doing nothing to keep your family safe. They are ignoring this reality and placing every American, legitimate asylum-seeker, and our sovereignty at risk.
When America is in crisis and every community is feeling the pain, politics should not be a factor. Under this administration, we have seen over 6 million people enter our nation illegally. The entire population of New Mexico is just over 2 million.
Not only are we placing enormous financial burdens on our border communities, but resources that should be used to help American families, farmers and services providers are being re-allocated in an effort to shore up these growing costs.
I personally am thankful I no longer have any offspring in public schools or major universities.
No matter your political persuasion, you should be concerned about the quality of education that your children and grandchildren are receiving. Just my opinion, of course, but this report is eye-opening in a lot of different ways.
Copy of a check written by James Biden to his brother, Joe Biden, in the amount of $200,000. The check was recently presented by the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. The committee is currently investigating the Biden family's unusual financial dealings with several individuals and organizations.
Something isn't adding up.
In our daily lives, we deal with our personal problems and issues the best we can. When they become issues beyond our control, we look to more powerful entities to solve our problems. The tragic, and very scary, events of this past week have us looking to the largest and most powerful entity in our county, the Federal government, to address the issues and protect us. In particular, the federal legislature (the Senate and the House of Representatives), or Congress, are most suited to dealing with these complex events.
However, the drama and chaos in Congress does not instill confidence that they are up to the task. But it's not just the major issue of war. It is also issues of an unsecured border, inflation, rising food and energy prices that we all struggle with we find are not being addressed. The result is our confidence in Congress has hit an only 32% confidence level. According to a Gallup poll taken September 1-23, 2023, only 32% express a "Great deal/Fair amount of trust in the U.S. legislative branch. What is even more shocking; only 2% express a "great deal" of confidence in Congress.