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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.

    Drew Johnson - Election Laws, Government Waste, and Nevada Politics

    Drew Johnson - Election Laws, Government Waste, and Nevada Politics

    On this week's interview Paul talks to his old friend Drew Johnson. Drew and Paul both worked in Washington, DC for the National Taxpayers Union (and Foundation). Drew and Paul discuss government waste and their past and current efforts to reduce it. Also, Drew recently ran for office in Nevada which allows for mail-in ballots and vote harvesting among many other questionable practices. You don't want to miss this informative conversation.

    • 40 min
    Anti-Donation and Free Speech, Bills to Watch, EV Fail, Medicaid Problems and more

    Anti-Donation and Free Speech, Bills to Watch, EV Fail, Medicaid Problems and more

    RGF/Paul’s case against the City of Albuquerque for its "donation" to Planned Parenthood has officially been filed.
    Also, RGF successfully appealed its free speech case at the United States District Court.
    A few notable bills coming up in Committee for which RGF will deliver testimony.
     
    08:30AM
    NM HB96
    Combined Cycle Natural Gas As Renewable
    01:30PM
    NM HB25
    Minimum Wage Increase & Indexing
    Also, the Democrats added $2 million to the must-pass “feed bill” which funds the session. The money will pay for a study of “professionalized” legislature, but this kind of policymaking should be done in the traditional legislative process, not the feed bill. 
    Build Your Dreams 2.0: Albuquerque experiences another EV fail as legislation is being introduced to mandate 75% of the State's fleet is electric.
    RGF examines the reality of NM’s medical provider shortage in a new report that is part 1 of a 2 part series. 
    Meanwhile, the amount of money being requested in the latest budget for Medicaid is a positively mind blowing: $10.5 billion. A portion of those dollars are being proposed to "backfill" for an expiring federal COVID program that expanded Medicaid for 100,000 people in New Mexico. Paul had an opinion piece in several New Mexico newspapers highlighting the costly failure of Medicaid expansion in New Mexico. 
    Finally, RGF's Freedom Index bill tracking system is up and running so you can track the best and worst bills (and votes) of 2023. 

    • 40 min
    Paul Teller - Advancing American Freedom

    Paul Teller - Advancing American Freedom

    On this week's interview Paul talks to his old friend Paul Teller. The two Paul's go back 20 years when Teller was staff director at the Republican Study Caucus, a conservative coalition of House Republicans in Congress. They discuss how the conservative movement has evolved since then and some of the issues and battles that led us to the current moment. 
    Paul Teller is now Executive Director of Advancing American Freedom, a non-profit led by former VP Mike Pence. They discuss what the organization is doing to advance its goals which include "energy independence." Teller is in New Mexico for a variety of meetings while Paul is hopeful for a visit/event with VP Pence.

    • 40 min
    NM Tax Reform or Not, Gas Stove Wars, Population Loss, Worst Legislative Idea-You Decide and more

    NM Tax Reform or Not, Gas Stove Wars, Population Loss, Worst Legislative Idea-You Decide and more

    NM's legislative session begins at noon. We can talk broadly about what to look for in the upcoming session on a whole host of issues. MLG's "more of the same" budget is built on extraordinary growth in oil production. Sadly it doesn't seriously address tax reform.
    Paul and Wally briefly discuss the latest in the gas stove "wars."
    New Mexico population loss is a long-term problem.
    Left wing legislator introduces legislation to create high speed rail from Denver to Mexico (again). Paul has brand new Rail Runner data highlighting the taxpayer-financed train's costly failure.
    Albuquerque's "free" bus fare program hasn't moved the needle on bus ridership in the City either. 
    Finally, Paul notes that the City's community centers were closed not just for MLK Day, but also the Saturday and Sunday before. This highlights the City's lack of concern for youth who have no inexpensive entertainment options when school is out and these centers are closed. 

    • 48 min
    Representative Ryan Lane - 2023 New Mexico Legislative Session

    Representative Ryan Lane - 2023 New Mexico Legislative Session

    On this week's interview show Paul talks to Rep. Ryan Lane (R-Aztec) the incoming House Minority Leader in the New Mexico Legislature. Paul and Ryan talk about what made Ryan get into politics and what he and the minority Republicans hope to accomplish during the impending 2023 legislative session. Specifically, they discuss New Mexico's massive surplus as well as New Mexico's emergency statutes which have been used by Gov. Lujan Grisham. for nearly three years.  

    • 43 min
    Gas Appliances, Trever, Professional Legislature, Minimum Wage Proposals and more

    Gas Appliances, Trever, Professional Legislature, Minimum Wage Proposals and more

    Paul was called "prescient" by one national publication for his analysis regarding natural gas in appliances. 
    Paul and Wally really enjoyed this recent cartoon in the Albuquerque Journal. 
    Proposals will be considered in the upcoming session. Should the New Mexico Legislature be “professionalized?” 
    A powerful Democrat legislator wants to make New Mexico’s minimum wage $16 an hour AND index it to inflation (HB 25). 
    MLG backs down (at least for now) on getting government employees back to the office. 
    A new report highlights New Mexico’s poor ROI from higher education. 
    Broadband or government boondoggle? 

    • 37 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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