What an ironic news day March 5. The headline was the $5.6 billion state budget with a $230 million tax increase. The same day, the New Energy Economy environmentalists sought natural gas emission cap revisions in Santa Fe. These events are connected.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Sat, 2010-03-20 17:00
"Tax cuts create jobs...."
-Governor Bill Richardson D-NM
The corollary is also true. Tax increases kill jobs. You will find a summary of taxes increased and will understand the jobs that will be eliminated when Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in the House pass the health care bill. Our economy is bleeding jobs and we see exactly the wrong policies come out of Washington.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Tue, 2010-03-16 18:37
New Mexico is constantly losing doctors.
The risk of frivolous lawsuits is driving many of them out of the state. Nationwide, doctors every year are declaring their retirement. A big factor in many retirements is the threat of frivolous lawsuits. Why does the Governor ignore this loss of business? Obviously Richardson understands that frivolous lawsuits kill jobs. He is willing for that to happen, just not with the Spaceport.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Thu, 2010-03-11 22:00
Friday, March 12, 2010
Cynthia, Jessica and I depart the house in total darkness, headed to Albuquerque. I will be speaking at noon to the NM Surveyors conference, then have a busy day of appointments with donors, volunteers and friends as we prepare for the Republican State Pre-Primary Convention tomorrow.
By 6:00 am we are in Lovington and watching the sun peeking up, barely visible against the orange and pinkish eastern horizon. It is my favorite time of day.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Mon, 2010-03-08 10:01
A Visit To The Goss Ranch
I sat and talked with Jimmy and Francis Goss in their living room in Weed, New Mexico.
They are humble, hard working, decent Americans. The government for years has been trying to crush them, trying to take away their private property which is protected by the 5th Amendment of the Constitution.
Submitted by Steve Pearce on Wed, 2010-03-03 08:35
We are told the unemployment rate is 9.7% for the month of February. It may be considerably higher, but that is fodder for another conversation.
All employment numbers are aggregates. The 9.7 (or whatever number you feel comfortable) is actually an average of lots of different numbers. Those different subsets are where the real information is in the unemployment report.
For example, people without a high school diploma have an unemployment rate of 15.2%. College graduates have an unemployment rate of 4.9%. That is a stark reality.