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Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.

Tipping Point New Mexico Paul Gessing

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    • 4.2 • 27 Ratings

Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.

    Jeremy Gay - Candidate for New Mexico Attorney General

    Jeremy Gay - Candidate for New Mexico Attorney General

    On this week's interview Paul sits down with Republican Attorney General candidate Jeremy Gay. Paul and Jeremy discuss the role of Attorney General in New Mexico. What can he do to fight out-of-control crime? What are some limits of the office? What is the role of the AG in the economy? Will Jeremy allow billionaires like Michael Bloomberg pay the salaries of employees in the AG's office as current AG Hector Balderas has done? Gessing and Gay discuss this and numerous other issues.   

    • 41 min
    Kids Count Report, Spaceport Delay, Electric Vehicles, Workforce Participation and more

    Kids Count Report, Spaceport Delay, Electric Vehicles, Workforce Participation and more

    During this week's conversation Paul and Wally discuss the recently-passed and poorly-named "Inflation Reduction Act." What's in the bill and why is it so bad?
    Next, the latest "Kids Count" report put out by Annie E. Casey Foundation and Voices for Children is out and New Mexico is back to 50th. What does it mean and why does "Voices" wish to undermine the findings of their own report?
    Virgin Galactic announced that it has again moved back its launch date from New Mexico's Spaceport America. News articles indicate even more serious issues with the company's spacecraft. 
     
    The City of ABQ has offered "free" bus service in recent months. While there is little evidence of success, "free" bus ridership could prove very expensive. 
    A few months ago ABQ City Council gave $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. They will be voting on August 15 to potentially redirect that money. 
    A new report by Axios includes some interesting data on electric vehicles and their lack of market penetration. 
    The ABQ Journal has additional reporting on workforce participation: https://errorsofenchantment.com/education-poll-shows-support-in-new-mexico-for-school-choice-concern-for-education-system/  

    • 45 min
    Carol Wight - Challenges for New Mexico's Restaurant Industry

    Carol Wight - Challenges for New Mexico's Restaurant Industry

    Paul talks with Carol Wight of the New Mexico Restaurant Association about the current state of the restaurant industry.  They discuss how the industry fared through the challenges of COVID-19 as well as the post pandemic challenges of inflation, difficulty in finding workers, the impact of new regulation and more. They also discuss federal and state programs that restaurants were able to use to help survive in tough times as well as future policy changes that could benefit the industry including expanding the elimination of New Mexico gross receipts tax on food to include restaurants.

    • 41 min
    Another education study, another dead last result for NM, government raising prices and more

    Another education study, another dead last result for NM, government raising prices and more

    Another education study, another dead last result for New Mexico. The latest is from Wallethub. Paul and Wally discuss this report and other findings on New Mexico's poor educational performance. The ABQ Journal is right that poverty and low literacy are linked, but what are we spending all that money for anyway? 
    Is more time in the classroom the answer? The ABQ Journal editorial board seems to think so, but other studies throw water on that idea.  Finally, during COVID students who went to public schools were out of the classroom MUCH more than their peers in Catholic or other private schools. 
    Government intervention = higher prices. 
    American renewables won't fuel our economy or stop climate change, especially when China keeps building new coal plants.
    A new Pew report finds New Mexico has some of the most underfunded pensions in the country.
    President Joe Biden contracts COVID for a second time in just a few weeks. 

    • 44 min
    Audrey Trujillo - Candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State

    Audrey Trujillo - Candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State

    On this week's Tipping Point conversation Paul talks to GOP Secretary of State candidate Audrey Trujillo. 
    Paul and Audrey discuss the role of Secretary of State in New Mexico and what the occupant of that position can/should do with and without the Legislature. They discuss the Secretary's role in elections and preventing election fraud, address recent elections in 2020 and the primary election in 2020, and her plans to improve election integrity. 
    Finally, Audrey and Paul talk about other parts of the Secretary's job and how it can make New Mexico more attractive as a place to do business. 

    • 42 min
    Ronchetti's Economic Plan, Jobs, PNM Merger and more

    Ronchetti's Economic Plan, Jobs, PNM Merger and more

    Governor candidate Mark Ronchetti has released his economic plan. Paul and Wally discuss. 
     RGF was quoted extensively for a national article (along with NM legislators) about how the war on energy could impact New Mexico's budget.
    The latest unemployment numbers are out and despite dropping again, New Mexico's rate remains the highest as it has been for the last 7 months. 
    ABQ Journal catches on to New Mexico's abysmal workforce participation rates, increase in disability blamed. 
    New data from GOP national highlights trend toward job creation in red states.
    COVID is spreading once again. While it is hard to put much faith in case data, deaths in NM have risen significantly in recent weeks.
    Deb Haaland may be in some trouble as her net worth is likely NOT zero.
    A national investment website Seeking Alpha believes PNM/Avangrid merger will happen.
    Finally, ABQ Mayor Tim Keller has announced that the homeless encampment at Coronado Park will be "closed" in August. Paul and Wally discuss. 

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

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Falling Right

Thankful for the earful of liberty and economics!

Chubsworth ,

Not news - opinion

These aren’t journalists - they can have their opinion but this isn’t a new show it’s opinion

old lady geologist ,

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.

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