February 14, 2016

The Las Cruces Sun News, "Oped, Webber: A two-part economic strategy for New Mexico" or LINK TO PDF

In his recent testimony in front of the Senate Finance Committee, Jim Peach, regents professor of economics at New Mexico State University, said, “New Mexico has a failed economic development strategy.”

He was being kind.

The hard truth is New Mexico doesn’t have an economic development strategy. What we have is a random collection of out-of-date tactics, failed ideological nostrums and uncoordinated gestures masquerading as a plan. At a time when our oil and gas industry is being pummeled by global trends outside our control, a real New Mexico economic strategy is desperately needed and long overdue.

 

JANUARY 25, 2016

The Santa Fe New Mexican Editorial, “Our view: Target economic efforts for impact” or LINK TO PDF

New Mexico’s economic development efforts don’t seem to stop. Tax breaks for corporations. Job training. Recruitment of out-of-state companies. Yet, despite the effort and the millions spent, our economy is stagnant at best and the state unemployment rate is the highest in the United States.

As former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber pointed out in a piece published Sunday in The New Mexican, made-in-New-Mexico movies are a hot commodity these days: “but the post-production work is done out-of-state, because we don’t have high-speed Internet.” If Taos attracted Dennis Hopper and other movie people back in the hippie heyday, imagine what it could bring in in terms of people who wanted to finish their movies in the high mountains? If they could, that is.

 

JANUARY 23, 2016

Santa Fe New Mexican Commentary,  "The future of New Mexico is hiding in plain sight"  by Alan Webber
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Here we go: Another critically important legislative session where the future of New Mexico hangs in the balance.

Make no mistake. Given the challenges facing our state — high unemployment, low job creation, high poverty and declining population — New Mexico is at a moment of truth.

We don’t have time, money, political will or civic energy to waste. It’s only a 30-day session, and we must insist that our elected officials make the most of it to focus on what really matters for our future.

 

JANUARY 20, 2016

Albuquerque Journal Op-Ed, "Legislature can do a lot to get state’s economy moving" by Alan Webber
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"The legislative session is here. While there are many issues that deserve some attention, there is only one crisis that demands everyone’s focus: The dismal condition of the New Mexico economy."

 

September 3, 2015

Joe Monahan Blog, “Walking in Our Sleep”. 

“2014 Dem Guv hopeful Alan Webber writes of recent events: The news is disturbing, troubling, unsettling. In Albuquerque, unimaginable events happen with unbelievable regularity.”

 

July 29, 2015

ABQ Free Press, "Summer Reads for Political Junkies" by Alan Webber and Paul Gessing.  ABQ FREE PRESS ISSUE or LINK TO ARTICLE EXCERPT.

Editor’s note: As America remains transfixed by Donald Trump’s bloviating, liberal businessman and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber and Libertarian Paul Gessing are taking time off. In the meantime, they offered this summer reading list as we wait for the campaign season to get going in earnest.

 

July 1, 2015

ABQ Free Press “Santolina Goes to the Basics Of Urban Planning, Land Use”.  ABQ FREE PRESS ISSUE or LINK TO ARTICLE EXCERPT.

Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was the Bernalillo County Commission’s approval of the Santolina master-planned development on the far West Side.

 

JUNE 17, 2015

ABQ Free Press “Testing: Adding Accountability Or Testing for Testing’s Sake?” ABQ FREE PRESS ISSUE or LINK TO ARTICLE EXCERPT.

Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was Gov. Susana Martinez’s push for standardized testing of New Mexico schoolchildren.

 

June 3, 2015

ABQ Free Press “Raise the N.M. Gas Tax Or Cut Union Wages?” ABQ FREE PRESS ISSUE or LINK TO ARTICLE EXCERPT.

Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was the gas tax that Democrats unsuccessfully proposed raising, in the 2015 legislative session, to fund New Mexico’s roads.

 

May 20, 2015

ABQ Free Press How Can ABQ Reclaim Its Police Department? ABQ FREE PRESS ISSUE or LINK TO ARTICLE EXCERPT.

Editor’s note: This is an email conversation between Alan Webber, a businessman who sought the 2014 Democratic nomination for governor, and Paul Gessing, a Libertarian who heads the Rio Grande Foundation. The topic was how Albuquerque can regain faith in its police department.

 

May 7, 2015

ABQ Journal, Op-ed by Alan Webber, “PNM’s priorities don’t lie in sustainable energy efforts”
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Part of the problem is in the way we regulate PNM: PNM makes money when it adds capital assets to its rate base. PNM’s first loyalty is to its investors; it needs to show them that its strategy will keep its stock price high.