However, their proclaimed commitment to transparency rings hollow as nothing could be further from the truth. To NMSU's leaders, the Open Meetings Act is a sham, something to follow to the letter, but to avoid in spirit.The ordeal comes the same week as today's New Mexico Foundation for Open Government's annual "Your Right To Know" luncheon where a number of New Mexicans will be given the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award for commitment to open government. We can assume we won't be seeing any of the NMSU regents getting this award any time soon.
They hide behind specific language in the Act that allows confidential debate on matters involving personnel, real estate, litigation and the like. Their notice of meetings and subsequent agendas are purposely vague and only meet the strict definition of the law.
Then they make some absurd announcement — Couture's "resignation" — and expect the public to buy it. They are, after all, one of the biggest entities in southern New Mexico, educating and employing thousands. They are above suspicion, some say, and deserving of our loyalty.
Common Cause saw the purge as part of a national effort to suppress voter turnout, especially in swing states like New Mexico, and urged Duran "to abandon her partisan media campaign and get down to the serious business of preparing the state for the important election year ahead." Then Duran tried to rewind the tape, saying that it wasn't a voter fraud investigation but a "misunderstanding" by the media.
She must never have heard the old adage that when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
It calls for retiring two units at the plant by December 2017 and installing less costly equipment for cutting pollution on the plant's remaining units.
At issue is an order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that calls for Public Service Company of New Mexico to equip the plant with certain technology to cut pollutants that cause regional haze and visibility issues in national parks and wilderness areas. The rule, issued in August 2011, gave PNM and the plant's other owners five years to come into compliance.
Despite some bright spots in the state’s economy, New Mexico continues to lag behind surrounding states, Martinez said. Between 2009 and 2011, Arizona saw a 4 percent increase in its per capita income, Martinez said. Colorado had a 6 percent increase, and Texas saw a 6.5 percent rise. New Mexico’s per capita income increase was 2 percent, Martinez said.
The investment loss will likely mean an increase in PERA’s unfunded liability, which is already pegged at $4.9 billion, when its annual accounting is released later this month.
“It’s hard to see how our unfunded liability won’t be worse later this month than it is now,” Propst told subcommittee members of the Investments and Pensions Oversight Committee.
The CWA works like this: of the first 40 employees hired, 20 must be hired through a union. The other 20 can be hired in any way, but they’re required to sign up with a union for the duration of the project. Each additional employee also must be hired through a union.
Sanchez just sent a jailhouse letter to KOB Eyewitness News 4, saying he plans to put up a billboard between Santa Fe and Albuquerque that pokes fun at the governor. His drawing tells people to vote the governor in as dog catcher in Juarez, Mexico.