Monthly Archives: April 2020

Virus teaches us about crisis management

I can already see what the arguments will be after the coronavirus crisis is over. If New Mexico escapes a major outbreak and many deaths, due largely to the governor’s sweeping precautionary measures, some people will say the state overreacted. … Continue reading

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Trust fund legislation curbed the spending

New Mexico understands boom and bust. We thought oil and gas production would give New Mexico a boom year. Good thing our legislators were cautious. Instead of spending all that new money – which now may or may not materialize … Continue reading

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Taxes have to come from somewhere.

Let’s be realistic. Taxes have to come from somewhere. Many New Mexicans are uncomfortable that the state depends heavily on revenue from the oil and gas industry. If we want to be less dependent on oil and gas but still … Continue reading

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Never forget the prison riot

Some events must never be forgotten. They must remain in our living memory so we never make the same mistakes again. Such an event is the 1980 New Mexico prison riot. If you were here, it is burned in your … Continue reading

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Bail bonds guidelines need more work

When New Mexico passed the bail bond amendment in 2016, I thought it was simple. The language, which amended the state constitution, seemed so straightforward. “Bail may be denied pending trial if, after a hearing, the court finds … that … Continue reading

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