Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.
Grover Norquist - Americans for Tax Reform - Federal Government Policy
Paul interviews Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. There has been a lot of bad policy coming out of Washington, DC, during the first few months of the Biden Administration. Whether it is the $2 trillion "stimulus" or another $2 trillion "infrastructure" bill or attacks on free speech and Right to Work, the amount of transformationally bad public policy moving in Washington is almost too much to keep up with. Thankfully Grover spends his days and even nights working on these issues.
Energy, COVID, Freedom Index, Bleak Report for New Mexico and more
No such thing as a free lunch" when it comes to energy. There is no end in sight for MLG’s COVID rules. Back to School seems to be going fine, but the number of students in school is down. Gov. signs “food freedom” bill but vetoes “earmark” of federal funds for unemployment insurance. Paul goes through the results of the Foundation's annual Freedom Index. New Mexico's Human Services Department's data book paints a bleak picture of NM.
Corey DeAngelis - Education Success Evidence and Issues
On this week's podcast interview Paul sits down with Corey DeAngelis, an education expert with American Federation for Children and numerous other education reform organizations. They discuss how the fight for educational choice has ramped up during COVID and discuss both the empirical evidence on a number of education issues as well as some recent success stories and what is driving them.
DeAngelis is a tireless advocate for education reform. Check out this exciting and timely discussion!
NM Congressional District 1 Candidates Set for June Election, Marijuana Legalization and More
Paul shares his first-hand perspective of another locked-down state, California. Melanie Stansbury wins the Democratic Party nomination for New Mexico's first congressional district (CD1) in an upset. She will face Mark Moores and others in a June election. Marijuana is legalized in a special session of the New Mexico Legislature. Back to school (in-person) for (some) New Mexico public school students. Kentucky Education Savings Accounts are adopted.
Larry Behrens - Power the Future New Mexico and You're Fracking Welcome
On this week's interview, Paul interviews Larry Behrens of Power the Future New Mexico. They have set up a website: https://www.yourefrackingwelcome.com to honor and thank workers in the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, Larry and Paul worked together on reopening New Mexico and the Gov.'s COVID restrictions. They start the program by discussing how their recommendations made back in April of 2020 would have been much better for New Mexicans and small businesses in the State.
COVID-19 Improvements, Marijuana Special Session, Legislation That Wasn't, and More
NM counties continue to improve on COVID. More business openings and hiring difficulties. Arizona and Utah remove nearly all COVID restrictions Two weeks after opening Texas continued to see a decline in COVID cases Who did well or poorly on the Freedom Index? State Sen. Mark Moores gets GOP nod for GOP in CD1. Issues left undiscussed during the 2021 session. 14 states are suing Biden on oil/gas moratorium, but not New Mexico. Finally, we discuss teacher bashing.
Thankful for the earful of liberty and economics!
Straight talk is rare...
But you’ll find it here on this podcast with Rio Grande Foundation Paul Guessing. New Mexico has many problems and i appreciate people like Paul who are willing to discuss our issues honestly. Paul comes at issues from a free market perspective. You won’t get this kind of straight talk about our state along with pertinent and interesting interviews anywhere else, and I’ve looked.
The Source for NM Public Policy Issues
Great podcast that is the best place to get accurate information on NM public policy issues. These guys really know their stuff.