Podcast of the Rio Grande Foundation that addresses public policy issues facing New Mexico.
Michael Johnson - Energy Reliability in New Mexico and Texas
Paul talks with Michael Johnson to discuss energy reliability both in Texas AND New Mexico. Recently Texas suffered from serious energy reliability failures, but a decade ago many New Mexicans went without natural gas for days. Michael Johnson is a New Mexican. He wrote the definitive report on what happened in New Mexico a decade ago. Johnson, a member of ERCOT for several years in the '90s, has also studied what happened in Texas and what caused the recent outages.
High Unemployment yet Few Workers to be Found and more
CDC confirms that "surface spread" is not a big problem. NM has high unemployment and yet businesses can’t find workers because too many are getting checks for doing nothing.
Some "blue" states are making COVID rules permanent. Scott Elder has a brand new contract at APS. NM is shortchanged on conservation funding. The Biden Administration wants another $2 trillion “Stimulus” infrastructure via the so-called "American Jobs Plan" and most of the money is not infrastructure-related.
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.
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.