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Tipping Point New Mexico
43 minutes | 2 days ago
253 Grocery Lines, Netflix, Special Session and More
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the fact that New Mexico made national news for its grocery lines. Netflix gets an amazing sweetheart deal to come to New Mexico (Wally and Paul discuss the details). New Mexico’s special session disperses money, but not without controversy. The latest Wallethub report shows just how bad New Mexico’s economy is. Bernalillo County recently passed a Community Workforce Agreement (aka project labor agreement) which mandates union control over labor on public works projects. On the first major such project, the County is NOT implementing the CWA...because it might increase costs. Just as we said.
46 minutes | 7 days ago
252 Patrick Brenner - Highlights and Challenges of Past Year
On this week's interview podcast, Paul talks to the Rio Grande Foundation's own Patrick Brenner. Among Patrick's many duties with the Foundation is fundraising, graphic design, maintaining and increasing our presence on the Internet, and public records. With Giving Tuesday right around the corner and 2020 (blessedly) coming to a close, Patrick and Paul appraise the Foundation's efforts during the past year and discuss some of the highlights and challenges for both the Foundation as well as the State of New Mexico of this strange and difficult year.
44 minutes | 14 days ago
250 Grover Norquist - Americans for Tax Reform
On this week's interview show, Paul sits down with Grover Norquist, president and founder of Americans for Tax Reform. Grover is one of the most prominent voices for free markets and lower taxes in Washington. The dust is still settling in the presidential election and there are two runoff elections underway in Georgia that could determine control of the US Senate. How did conservative issues and policies fare in the 2020 election? Grover and Paul go over ballot measures on everything from marijuana legalization to ride-sharing companies and racial preferences. Grover is optimistic both about the future of freedom and lower taxes around the nation. Paul and Grover conclude the discussion by discussing how legislative control shifted at the state level and whether a prospective Biden Administration will tack leftward on various economic policies or whether there will be opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to work together over the next few years.
46 minutes | 16 days ago
249 New Mexico COVID-19 Lockdown 2
Gov. Lujan Grisham places New Mexico on full lockdown again. Paul and Wally discuss the implications. Notably, New Mexico's booming real estate sector (residential is especially strong) is NOT considered an essential business this time around. How long will this two weeks REALLY last? Wally and Paul believe it will be quite a bit longer. There is a lot to discuss on this important issue. Albuquerque City Council pushed the vote on mandatory sick leave back by a week. Paul and Wally agree that imposing such a policy under the current more thorough lockdown would be even more problematic than before. Oddly, while Gov. Lujan Grisham constantly tells us that her anti-COVID efforts are based “on the science” Leading health bodies like the CDC have recommended in-person learning. And, as a November 16 email distributed nationally from the New York Times put it: The one indoor activity that appears to present less risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to spread the virus less often than adults do. “Research has shown that if you put social-distancing protocols in place, school is actually quite a safe environment,” Andreas Schleicher, who studies schools for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, told NPR. Closing schools and switching entirely to remote learning, on the other hand, has big social costs. Children are learning less, and many parents, mostly mothers, have dropped out of the labor force. The U.S. is suffering from both of these problems and from a raging pandemic. What's going on with the schools? Most big districts are shut down. Not much help for families while other states have been helping. Finally, the NM House GOP makes an interesting proposal for the 2021 legislative session.
47 minutes | 22 days ago
248 How America's schools keep failing our children with Katharine Stevens
On this week's podcast interview Paul talks to Katharine Stevens, an early childhood expert with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC. Starting out, Paul and Katharine discuss the tragic impact of COVID 19 and the abandonment of in-person learning on children. Also, Katharine shares details on her recent report Still left behind: How America’s schools keep failing our children in which she details on a state-by-state basis how America's public schools are failing to move the needle on results. Finally, Katharine has written about New Mexico's plans for universal pre-K and, with the results of the recent election, Paul notes that there can be no doubt that the Legislature will tap the permanent fund and institute such a program. Katharine shares why this will not solve the State's educational attainment challenges. “Why expanding New Mexico state pre-K won’t help the children who need help the most” Joe Biden's plan for universal preschool forgets key to children's success: Parents. Parent coaching advances young children's language development: Summary and Study Children who start school early more likely to get ADHD diagnosis — even if they don’t have it (original Harvard study here)
44 minutes | 23 days ago
247 Election and prediction recaps, prospects for marijuana legalization in NM, and ABQ Sick Leave (again)
On this week's podcast, Paul and Wally go through this past Tuesday's election results at the federal and state levels. How did Paul and Wally do in their predictions? Trump is not giving up. Georgia will have two runoff elections that could determine partisan control of the Senate. Here in New Mexico Wally and Paul note the high turnout and the challenges that creates for conservatives here in NM. Mark Ronchetti acquitted himself well, Yvette Herrell won her CD 2 race, but Speaker Egolf says he’ll redistrict CD 2. Can he do it? Also, if the results hold in the presidential race, will Gov. Lujan Grisham leave New Mexico to work for the Biden Administration? Paul and Wally discuss the upcoming 2021 New Mexico Legislature and some of their likely priorities which could include marijuana legalization, tapping the Land Grant Permanent fund, and tax hikes? Might they pass a statewide sick leave mandate? Will they directly hit the oil and gas industry? Finally, what will the 60-day Legislature look like? Will it be in-person or virtual and how will that work for a 60-day session? Gov. MLG's latest COVID 19 update included no new restrictions. UNM and NMSU athletics are heading toward conflict w/Gov. as they are the ONLY two men's Division 1 basketball teams in the nation that cannot currently practice? Albuquerque City Council will be taking up yet another mandatory paid sick leave proposal. As currently drafted it will apply to 10 or more employees starting in January 2021 and 3 or more employees starting in January 2022. Finally, RGF attempts to get ahold of 40-day enrollment numbers from the Public Education Department.
45 minutes | a month ago
246 James Taylor - Energy Policy and The Environment
On this week's podcast, Paul interviews James Taylor, president of the Heartland Institute. Based in Chicago, IL, Heartland's mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems, but it is most known for its work on energy and climate issues. Taylor joins the podcast to discuss Joe Biden's energy policies and specifically his attacks on "fracking" and the oil and gas industries in general and how those policies would actually harm the environment. Taylor and Gessing discuss Biden's version of the "Green New Deal" as well as efforts in California and New Mexico to move away from gasoline-powered vehicles.
48 minutes | a month ago
245 Election Day Predictions and More
The virus continues to spread in New Mexico. Paul and Wally look at the numbers. Gov. MLG doesn’t attend the pre-election press conference. Paul and Wally assume a big lockdown is coming post-election. Paul shares details on his family's Halloween celebrations. Paul has a conversation about the election with Al Jazeera. Paul talks about the Gov.’s COVID response in ABQ Journal. Paul and Wally offer their pre-election predictions for President, Senate, House, overall control of the US Senate, and NM Legislature. Gov. MLG proposes a tourism stimulus package for the upcoming session. What could this involve? National economic data show strong rebound. Will those numbers continue to improve or decline with the spike in the virus? ABQ City Council (again) to consider mandatory paid sick leave. ABQ Chamber Terri Cole has some strong and welcome words on the issue. PNM to get out of Four Corners coal plant as well as San Juan. Now “coal free” by 2024. Navajo Nation will purchase the plant and may frustrate environmentalist efforts to shutter the facility.
45 minutes | a month ago
244 Impact of Avangrid's Purchase of PNM - Larry Behrens and Dax Contreras
In this unique and timely episode, Paul sits down with two experts on utilities to discuss the purchase of PNM by Avangrid and the impact the push for "renewables" is having on electricity prices and grid stability in New Mexico. Larry Behrens runs Power the Future NM which advocates for pro-energy policies. Larry's group has been critical of the Energy Transition Act. Dax Contreras was an energy trader for five years working for PNM. Dax's job was to keep the lights on for PNM customers across New Mexico by purchasing (and selling) power to customers across the Western United States.
45 minutes | a month ago
243 COVID, Church, Electricity, Unemployment and Voting
The Gov. has some new COVID orders. While Paul and Wally both acknowledge that these are more focused on problem areas than her previous orders were, the Gov. has backed herself into a corner in addressing the Virus. Spread is FAR worse than it has been at any other time of this crisis. To that end, the Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Santa Fe) canceled services moving forward on its own. As we near Halloween what about other important events including Christmas and the State Legislature? The good news is Virus deaths haven’t jumped at least yet. Avangrid has reached a deal to purchase PNM. Paul and Wally discuss and note that Thursday's podcast will discuss this in-depth. According to Wallethub New Mexico's unemployment rate remains among the least recovered among US states. New Mexico's September unemployment rate was also higher than any of the State's neighbors. In the final presidential debate, Joe Biden said “We are going to transition away from oil and gas. Stop subsidizing the industry.” Wally and Paul discuss the second part of that statement. Finally, Paul and Wally both voted this past week. They discuss how they avoided the long lines some experienced and who they voted for in the presidential election.
35 minutes | a month ago
242 Jeanne Allen - Education Reform in New Mexico and Surrounding States
On this week's podcast interview Paul talks to Jeanne Allen. Jeanne is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Education Reform, a national education reform organization that works to expand educational opportunities that lead to improved economic outcomes for all Americans. Jeanne's organization has two new reports that rank US states based on various policies relating to empowering parents and having sound charter school laws in place. Those reports are detailed here. While New Mexico isn't at the very bottom of either report, its performance is worse than most which is tragic given the many social and economic challenges faced by children in this state. Arizona on the other hand, long a leader in choice and K-12 reform takes the top slot in both reports.
46 minutes | a month ago
241 Economics, Taxes, Hospitals and COVID-19 Update
On this week's discussion podcast, Paul and Wally discuss the rising number of COVID19 infections in New Mexico. The Gov. has planned a press conference later today. Paul argues that this rise is a result of the Gov.'s failed lockdown strategy and he expects more shutdowns. While the number of cases has grown rapidly, the number of deaths has not...at least not yet. Paul argues that this may be due to more effective treatment techniques and suggests a mitigation strategy may be better than a lockdown strategy. He also notes that while hospitals are full, according to UNMH COVID-positive patients represented less than 10% of overall patient cases. In economic-related news: NM tax revenues are volatile NM’s tax burden is heavy NM unemployment rate is among the slowest in the nation to recover And, according to the Legislative Finance Committee, job losses are dominated by a few major sectors of New Mexico's economy while government has seen minimal losses. Finally, Paul and Wally discuss the constitutional amendments on the ballot as well as the bond issues. Reminder: get out to vote!
44 minutes | 2 months ago
240 Gary Hays - Cliff's Amusement Park Challenges
Gary Hays' family has owned and operated Cliff's (once upon a time it was Uncle Cliffs) Amusement Park in Albuquerque since the 1950s. Gary shares a few stories about the Park and its history (including dropping 'Uncle'), but mostly they discuss the impact of the current lockdown policies being imposed by Gov. Lujan Grisham, it impacts on the company's employees, how his industry is dealing with COVID 19 in states where they ARE allowed to open, and he talks candidly about the future of his family's business. Gary also shares a few details about other policies (like the minimum wage hike) that impact his company.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
239 New Mexico High School Sports Cancelled and More
On this week's episode Paul and Wally discuss the elections which are ongoing, but early voting which starts on Saturday, October 17. They discuss the latest on the shutdown, the fact that cases are growing despite lockdown. NM one of four states to cancel high school sports. Impacted students protested. Gov. Lujan Grisham didn't impose additional measures beyond the sports cancellation, but Wally and Paul explain what they think the Gov. will do later this week when she has her next press conference? The Great Barrington Declaration urges a more reasonable response to COVID-19. According to a liberal think tank, 39% of New Mexicans can't pay their regular bills. Will Joe Biden pack the court if he's elected? The Amy Coney Barrett hearing gets rolling Paul discusses his recent KOB TV interview on contact tracing and lawsuit the company working here in NM has had in Texas. MLG receives a C on fiscal policy from Cato Institute. ABQ Mayor Keller wants to eliminate City golf courses as an enterprise fund in order to hide the subsidies. Paul discusses. Finally, the Mayor's proposed budget includes a 5.5% increase for trash pickup. This is driven by a poorly-considered recycling program. Paul discusses.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
238 Dr. Jim Peach - Challenges Facing New Mexico's Economy
On this week's podcast interview Paul sits down with NMSU economist Jim Peach. Peach recently testified to the Legislative Finance Committee on challenges facing New Mexico's economy. That testimony is recounted in an Albuquerque Journal story. Professor Peach and Paul begin by discussing New Mexico's economy broadly. Why are we not competitive with our neighbors and what can be done to change that? Then, Peach and Gessing discuss the oil and gas industry and its outsized role in New Mexico's economy and what the professor sees in store for it. Finally, Peach and Gessing discuss the COVID 19 situation and both the near and long-term challenges it creates for New Mexico's economy and whether the federal government should provide additional bailouts to New Mexico and other states.
48 minutes | 2 months ago
237 The plan to reopen New Mexico and so much more
COVID 19 update: Trump has it, the Gov. has been self-quarantined after being exposed to it. The Gov. updated us last week but didn’t change anything. She says the virus is spreading as part of another uptick. Also, the Gov. recently presented to NAIOP on how businesses can help kick start the NM economy. Paul takes issue with that. What’s OUR plan to reopen New Mexico? We’ve had one since April! https://errorsofenchantment.com/whats-our-plan-to-reopen-new-mexico-weve-had-once-since-april/ We jumped the gun. Bowling alleys aren’t open for everyone, just leagues. And while the Penguin exhibit is open the Biopark’s aquarium is not. Makes perfect sense, right? A federal Judge supports Gov. Lujan Grisham’s seemingly arbitrary limits on private schools. The MLG Administration argues that “There is no fundamental right to in-person education.” Paul and Wally discuss the meaning of "adequate" and how it always seems to be about inputs (more money) as opposed to outputs (results). With California's Gov. banning gas-powered cars, what about the Gov.’s plan to go to 52MPG? MLG recently stated that New Mexico “should transition out of fossil fuels.” The minimum wage is set to rise at the end of 2020. Probably couldn’t happen at a worse time. RGF has a petition asking MLG to return her salary to the taxpayers until NM’s unemployment rate drops. NMSU Economist Jim Peach offers his thoughts on New Mexico’s economy and recovery.
10 minutes | 2 months ago
236-A Insight into the Lawsuit against Governor on Private Schools
Deena Buchanan is an Albuquerque-based attorney. She is representing families with children in private schools who believe they are being unfairly treated by the Gov. and State of New Mexico. Private schools are allowed to open at just 25% of capacity while government-run schools are opening at 50% capacity. Deena and Paul discuss the issues.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
236 Brian Riedl - Federal Budget Challenges
On this week's podcast interview Paul talks with Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Paul and Brian go back to Paul's time in Washington with the National Taxpayers Union and Brian was with the Heritage Foundation. Brian is an expert on the federal budget and specifically studies and writes on government entitlement programs, federal debt, and the budget. Brian and Paul discuss numerous issues relating to the federal budget situation and the challenges (both political and numerical) that our nation faces and what the consequences of inaction could be.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
235 From COVID to Bowling to the Supreme Court Nominee
On this week's discussion podcast Paul and Wally discuss the latest on COVID 19 from Gov. Lujan Grisham. Paul discusses his recent op-ed on the Gov.'s lockdown and its economic/virus impact. In a bit of good news, the Gov. reopens bowling in NM and is allowing college football to play this season. Only the Lobos will be playing, however. Amy Coney Barrett is nominated by Trump to Supreme Court. Paul discusses the booklet the Foundation is distributing both online and physical copies of The Indispensable Electoral College. Bernalillo County embraces PLA's on a 4-1 vote. New Mexico's unemployment fund runs out. The outgoing Albuquerque Police Chief (Geier) had a bad breakup with Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. RGF and others ask Gov. to give up her paycheck. New Mexico minimum wage set to increase in January from $9 to $10.50.
46 minutes | 2 months ago
234 NMPRC Commissioner Jefferson Byrd
On this week's interview podcast, Paul sits down with Public Regulation Commissioner Jeff Byrd. Byrd represents a district encompassing almost all of Eastern New Mexico. Commissioner Byrd and Paul discuss the role of the PRC and his job as a Commissioner, numerous issues relating to the PRC including the changes made to the Chair position, the Constitutional amendment on the ballot this fall (and why Jeff believes it should NOT be adopted), and numerous aspects of electricity in New Mexico surrounding the Energy Transition Act.
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