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New Mexico’s Upcoming Special Session: Safety or Statism?

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s recent announcement of yet another special legislative session in New Mexico, set to commence on July 18, 2024, ostensibly aims to enhance public safety—an objective no reasonable person would oppose. However, the words of Gideon J. Tucker resonate profoundly in moments like these: “No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe […]

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New Mexico’s Online Candidate Nominating Petition Signature Portal

In 2023, New Mexico took a pioneering step forward in electoral processes. The recent adoption of the Online Candidate Nominating Petition Signature Portal by the Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, marks a significant milestone in modernizing and securing elections within the state. This innovative approach streamlines the candidate nomination process and broadens the horizon […]

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Transparency is Cultural, Not Transactional

In the realm of governance, transparency and openness are not mere buzzwords but foundational pillars that uphold the edifice of democracy. In their compelling discourse, Greg Brooks and Patrick Tuohey from Better Cities Project argue that open government is inherently a cultural phenomenon rather than a transactional obligation. This perspective resonates deeply with the ethos […]

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Report: 58 is the New 62

Rethinking American Retirement and Social Security

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Fox Business Highlights the Launch of SPPI’s Bureau to Protect Financial Consumers

The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is honored to announce that its recent launch of the Bureau to Protect Financial Consumers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (BPFCCFPB) has been covered by nationally acclaimed Fox Business. This pivotal coverage by Fox Business underscores the urgent need for initiatives like the BPFCCFPB, which aim to champion […]

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SPPI Launches Bureau to Protect Financial Consumers

Rio Rancho, NM — The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) has launched its own Bureau to Protect Financial Consumers from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (BPFCCFPB). The BPFCCFPB seeks to provide financial consumers with an avenue to report malfeasance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), such as their recent data breach which exposed users to malicious […]

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Las Cruces Sun News: A case for a permanent fund dividend

New Mexico stands on the cusp of a golden era, with its oil and gas boom enriching the state’s coffers to unprecedented levels. Now is the time to ensure that this wealth directly benefits the very people who make New Mexico vibrant and unique: its residents. Drawing inspiration from Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD), it’s […]

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Does the Mother Road Need Big Government?

Trait Thompson, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is now a member of the Route 66 Centennial Commission. Nominated by U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the bureaucrat joins representatives from Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and his home state whom The Swamp has tasked to “study and recommend in a report […]

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The Southwest’s Spaceport Scorecard

After more than two decades, there’s precious little ‘return’ from all the ‘public investment.’

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Arizona Daily Star: It’s wrong to force Arizonans to pay for government lobbying

Originally published at tucson.com on June 29, 2023. As the smackdown over school choice in Arizona intensifies, taxpayers in the Grand Canyon State should know that they’re paying for both attacks on and defenses of the Empowerment Scholarship Account Program. The Arizona School Boards Association charges that “vouchers” impose “unsustainable” costs and are “a massive blow to […]

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