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Interior Dept. Shortchanges New Mexico on Conservation Funding

By Paul Gessing 

The following is a press release from our pro-energy friends at the Western Energy Alliance. We felt that it was worth reposting the information in its entirety.

DENVER – Interior Secretary Deb Haaland recently announced that out of $1.6 billion in deferred maintenance funding for public lands nationwide, New Mexico will receive only $6.8 million. The conservation funds come primarily from federal oil and natural gas royalties, as directed by the Great American Outdoors Act. New Mexico's share is paltry considering the state contributed $1.35 billion in royalties to the federal government and ranks first in oil production and second in natural gas on public lands. Contrast New Mexico's share to these states which provide next to no federal oil and natural gas royalties:

Virginia – $247.5 million
North Carolina – $153.8 million
New York – $50.5 million
Washington – $50.3 million
New Jersey – $28.3 million
Massachusetts – $25.4 million
Oregon – $12.5 million

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Republicans and Democrats Join Forces in Condemning Governor

Governor's Actions Wrong, Selfish and Hurt New Mexico

Albuquerque, April 13—In a stunning development, Republicans and Democrats statewide are in agreement over Gov. Lujan Grisham's latest power grab.

The Governor vetoed $1.2 billion in federal COVID-19 relief earmarked by the legislature in the state budget to go to New Mexicans, businesses and various programs.

The Governor told lawmakers they have no voice.

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New Mexico Democrats Walk Fine Line on Energy

By Paul Gessing

Rio Grande Foundation

If there were an overall theme for New Mexico's current political situation it would be the ongoing attempts by Democrats to placate their environmentalist base which opposes traditional energy sources while at the same time keeping energy dollars flowing into the State's coffers.

The Biden Administration's moratorium on oil and gas permitting is the most notable example of this conflict. Gov. Lujan Grisham has publicly spoken out about it, but Attorney General Balderas has refused to join a lawsuit challenging the policy that was recently filed by a dozen states. None of those states have as much to lose as does New Mexico, but our elected leaders are unlikely to challenge a President of their own party.

The internal conflict was on full display in the recently completed legislative session as well. Thankfully, the most radical bill on energy which would have banned "fracking," (an oil and gas drilling process without which New Mexico's oil and gas industry would be immediately decimated) failed without gaining traction.

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Why do hard workers get the shaft?

Why is it that if someone is a hard worker, gets things done well and quickly, but may be a little loud or boisterous, that the "elites," or those who think they are the elites, shun him or her because he or she may not be genteel enough or agree with their agendas?

Wouldn't you rather have a well-oiled machine, whether an actual machine or perhaps an organization or entity, continue the work that they set out to do?

Or would you rather kick them out and start over with something or someone you really know nothing about, except for a marketing gimmick or resume that may or may not really fit what you need.

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Republican Chair's Response to Patricia Sterling's Criticism

Patricia Sterling's criticism of the Grant County Federated Republican Women groups' quest to help school children think and decide about the Differences Between Capitalism and Socialism is just plain Puzzling. (Silver City Daily Press, March 23, 2021). She calls this learning and development of thought as "the same old tired clichés praising capitalism while excoriating socialism."

Capitalism is synonymous with free markets, aka, FREEDOM. Freedom is the quality of being free-the absence of necessity, coercion or constraint in choice or action, and it's the liberation from slavery or restraint from the power of another. (Merriam Webster)

Socialism, on the other hand, is a system of society...in which there is no private property; a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state. (Webster) Being controlled by the state is not freedom.

Informed Americans, including their children, want freedom. They want their own property. They want their own dreams. They want the opportunity To choose. SO WHAT'S WRONG WITH 3rd through 12th GRADERS LEARNING ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES?

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House Bill 98 Will Permanently End the Taxation of Delivered Groceries

By Fred Nathan, Executive Director, Think New Mexico

A year ago, as New Mexicans began staying at home to limit the spread of Covid-19, a disturbing fact came to light: some grocery stores, particularly large chains, were charging tax on the food they delivered to New Mexicans.

New Mexico was one of the last states to repeal its food tax, back in 2004. At that time, nine states still fully taxed the sale of groceries; today, the number has shrunk to just Mississippi and Alabama. States have moved away from food taxes because taxing food is bad policy. Food taxes are among the more regressive of taxes, since food is a necessity and since poor families spend a much larger share of their income on food – and thus on the food tax – than wealthier ones.

Surprisingly, many large grocery chains declined to support the legislation repealing New Mexico's food tax back in 2004. We had assumed they would support it since repealing the tax would put more money back in the pockets of their customers, allowing them to purchase more groceries. We later learned that because grocers have up to 56 days to submit the tax dollars to the state, they were making money in the interim by keeping those tax dollars in their bank accounts and earning interest from it.

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President Biden's Infrastructure Plan Panders To Green Radicals

$2 Trillion Infrastructure Spending Package Includes Green Projects To Satisfy AOC And Bernie Sanders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Biden Administration announced a massive $2 trillion infrastructure plan with trillions in new tax increases. The package includes a number of proposals to satisfy the Eco-Left's climate spending wish list including policies to transition toward renewable energy and electric vehicles.

"President Biden wants to spend trillions of dollars on climate and green energy projects to satisfy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders, and his radical base," said Daniel Turner, Executive Director of Power The Future. "Given the nature of renewable and green energy, much of this money is likely to end up going to foreign companies in countries like China. Biden's green spending plan will be paid for in the form of tax increases on hard-working Americans, many of whom belong to the middle class. Elections have consequences and this announcement comes two months after the Biden Administration unilaterally enacted extreme, job-killing policies, like canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and putting thousands of Americans out of work in the middle of a pandemic."

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Governor burns public transparency on marijuana

Santa Fe, NM- The New Mexico Legislature will meet for special session in less than 24 hours to address the Governor's failed pot legalization measure. The original five proposals spectacularly went up in smoke in the final days of first 60-day session. Despite the special session beginning in less than 24 hours and despite reports that a deal on marijuana legislation has been cut, the bill has yet to be reviewed by the public.

"The past sixty days have been defined by the Governor and Democrats silencing the voice of the people, and the silence has become deafening following the crash and burn of their pot bill," said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). "If legalizing marijuana is truly about the people, you would think that New Mexicans from all walks of life would have the opportunity to contribute to the process, especially when it failed so miserably at the last minute due to too many cooks in the kitchen. Transparency is key to the public good, and so far all I can tell you is that transparency in this building is on shaky ground."

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