Morning Word, Jan. 5: “Gov. Lujan Grisham Proposes $10.5 Billion Budget”
As we prepare for a new legislative session, I hope our governor and Legislature consider what financial catastrophes have occurred in other parts of the United States. Detroit has lost their pensions. The monetary problems in California and Arizona should be a further forewarning to the results of reckless spending. One additional example could be the need of New Mexico to prevent retiring state employees under the age of 55 to access retiree health care as the benefit is in trouble.
I worked for the New Mexico state government for 27 years in 11 different positions. The only way to get a raise was to take on additional duties or move to a higher position. I am happy the state employees have been given substantial raises in the most recent years, which we would have loved to have received. I caution our leaders to ensure they are able to keep up with the additional monies you have added to the budget and make certain the state is able to make the bills going forward in leaner years. Employees have had to take furloughs when the state overspends or can’t meet the obligations. Let’s learn from the past and prevent future issues.
As a former government manager, an additional issue must be raised. What measurable goals are being set and ensured as you make changes? It is great to be innovative and come up with new ideas but you must ensure there are measurable outcomes, not just “look at me” ideas. Let’s not just throw money at it but ensure we are having deliverables that move us forward.
Amber Espinosa-Trujillo, Santa Fe
Food, Dec.20: “Our 25 favorite dishes in Santa Fe Right Now”
Where’s the beef?
I really enjoyed the variety of dishes in your 25 favorite dishes. That said, I hate to add one of the most common ones: the green chile cheeseburger. But if you’re gonna have a green chile cheeseburger, why not get the best?
Carmelita’s in Eldorado has the best green chile cheeseburger in Santa Fe. Get it with grilled onions and it is tremendous. When shall I tell her you are coming?
Skip Williams, Eldorado