"We want to make sure that we're testing and auditing their fraud detection that they're relying upon to make these life-changing decisions for citizens of New Mexico," Balderas said. "And what I've seen so far in that report is just not enough."
Balderas said he wants more evidence, and HSD says it won't hold back.
The state’s Democratic Party has worked hard to take ownership of the issue, using it to bolster its narrative of New Mexico’s gradual tilt to the left on social issues. In an interview, the party’s chairman, Sam Bregman, noted the lack of protests after clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in San Miguel County, home to many Roman Catholic Hispanic families, and Valencia County, where evangelical churches have recently multiplied. (The Valencia County clerk, Peggy Carabajal, is the sole Republican among the clerks issuing the licenses. She won her election in 2012 by 26 votes.)
New Mexico In Depth and the Las Cruces Sun-News state in their motion, filed Thursday, that a review of the audit by the judge assigned to the case – James T. Martin of Las Cruces – is “the only way for this court to make a proper analysis whether the disclosure is mandated.”
In a complaint filed in state District Court on Monday, Jeffreys said she went to the attorney general and state auditor Feb. 26 to report “irregularities in the arrangements for audits of behavioral health providers on behalf of OptumHealth,” the company under contract with the state to oversee New Mexico’s managed care system for behavioral health.
A spokesman for the department said Friday he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit because it is pending litigation.
A 10-foot-wide road is not disastrous in itself. In the end, it will resemble any other road through a wilderness setting: By width and uniformity and ugliness, it’s a surgical scar.
But take a moment to think of the construction efforts to make such a road. Think of the massive trucks and backhoes that will have to be motoring back and forth through that narrow beleaguered space, the clouds of diesel fumes they will be expelling, the tons of rubble that endless lines of dump trucks will be hauling in.
Our local (tax) code is broken. So, the question is, why wouldn’t you fix it?” said Richard Anklam, executive director of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute, who spoke at the Reforming the Gross Receipts Tax meeting last week in Chama. “If you do it right, you’ll reduce (state) revenues. So, you offset it. Then you create winners and losers.
“There are several conversations going on right now,” Anklam said.