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Tipping Point New Mexico

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

Last Episode Date: 16 May 2024

Total Episodes: 100

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16 May 2024
607 Sarah Smith - Update from Las Cruces on Issues Facing Her City, State, and Nation

On this week's Tipping Point interview Paul talks to Sarah Smith. Sarah is a home school mom who got politically active during the COVID 19 pandemic. She is from Las Cruces and describes herself as a political moderate, but has become outspoken and tireless in her work on nu...

39 min
14 May 2024
606 Best States, Education Class Time/Spending, NM 46th for Docs, Sandoval Property Tax

NM ranks a poor 49th in US News and World Reports' "Best states" report: Paul and Wally discuss what makes up this report. NM schools have more money to spend than any neighboring state (and the data don't even include recent spending growth). NM students spend plenty of ...

46 min
9 May 2024
605 NMSU Professor Christopher Erickson - New Mexico Policy and Impacts of Immigration

On this week's interview Paul talks to Christopher Erickson a professor of economics at NMSU. Chris and Paul discuss a recent interview he gave to Newsweek about a report that New Mexico has seen a decline in immigrants. They discuss economic issues in New Mexico and what is...

36 min
7 May 2024
604 Judge puts 5-Day School Week on Hold, New Mexico Spends Millions on Solar Projects, UPS Gets State Money for "Clean" Trucks and more

A Judge puts MLG’s forced 5 day school week on hold. NM spends millions on solar projects not knowing how much power it will get. We discussed the challenges UPS and FedEx are having w/ adopting EV’s but NM’s Environment Department is spending just under $500K to b...

37 min
2 May 2024
603 Sam LeDoux - What Can Be Done to Address Issues Facing Española

On this Tipping Point interview Paul talks to Sam LeDoux. Sam is a recently elected member of the City of Española council. Sam, a longtime political activist with a long track record in politics is a Hispano Republican. Paul and Sam discuss how Republicans can win in north...

39 min
30 April 2024
602 Governor's Recorded Conversation - Marijuana, Fentanyl and the Border, Schools Sue over 5 Day School Week and more

On the latest Tipping Point conversation Paul and Wally discuss Gov. MLG caught on tape speaking to top Homeland Security staff. She certainly sounds more concerned about NM's marijuana industry than fentanyl and the border. She's "cranky" with the Secretary and holding t...

46 min
25 April 2024
601 What Will New Mexico's "Energy Transition" Really Cost - Professor Reilly White

On this week's interview Paul sits down with UNM Finance Professor Reilly White to discuss issues in New Mexico's "Energy Transition" relating to electricity. While the transition was touted as zero cost or even a financial benefit for ratepayers. White believes that the tr...

41 min
23 April 2024
600 Special Session On The Way, Gun Loophole, Federal Education Report and more

On this week's Tipping Point conversation Paul and Wally discuss: MLG calls a special session starting July 18. We don't have an exact agenda, but initial statements seem to point to some actual crime reforms, not gun grabs. Time will tell. RGF publishes a report on "Th...

47 min
18 April 2024
599 Johnny Johnson - Issues Facing New Mexico's Trucking Industry

On this week's interview Paul talks to Johnny Johnson, executive director of the New Mexico Trucking Association. Like the auto industry truckers are also being forced by government policymakers to embrace electric vehicles. Find out more about that here. Paul and Johnny al...

40 min
16 April 2024
598 LNG Ban is Loser, New Mexico only State to See Drop in Immigrant Numbers, Security Firm "Fires" Albuquerque Client and more

Paul and Wally discuss the potential impact of the new Israel/Iran conflict. The good news is that America's relative oil independence has not caused oil prices to skyrocket. Also, will this change Congress' approach to the stalled aid bills? Biden's permitting ban on LNG...

42 min
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