Discussion Topic: Open Government

How did Transparency Fare in the 2015 New Mexico Legislature

How did transparency and open government fare during New Mexico’s 2015 legislative session? Prior to the 2015 session, I urged legislators to consider a variety of reforms. Some of my ideas were discussed and acted upon while others were ignored completely. Change...

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Only in New Mexico: $166,000 for Study That Doesn’t Exist

Only in New Mexico and only under former Gov. Bill Richardson would the government hire consultants for a study that doesn't exist. I was interviewed by KRQE Channel 13 for a story relating to Richardson's efforts, specifically the commissioning of a $166,000...

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New RGF Issue Brief: No Legislation Without Representation!

(Albuquerque) For all of the problems facing our elected officials in Congress particularly and Washington, DC, in general, a new Rio Grande Foundation paper details how the underpinnings of our republic are being undermined by the never-ending growth of the federal...

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Preserving the integrity of the vote this November

The Rio Grande Foundation primarily focuses on economic and education issues, but government transparency and accountability are integral to our efforts as well. Yesterday, I was interviewed by Channel 4, KOB TV regarding efforts to preserve the integrity of elections...

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Jim Scarantino, the New Mexico Watchdog, Nails Another One

If you don't read the great reporting over at New Mexico Watchdog, you should. Recently, our watchdog, Scarantino, reported that a local member of the New Mexico House of Representatives, Miguel Garcia, has been reimbursed for some unusual "campaign expenditures" and...

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Rating Transparency in Higher Education

(Albuquerque) The Rio Grande Foundation, in its ongoing effort to flex New Mexico’s transparency laws, has attempted to obtain the payrolls of each of the state’s 16 institutes of higher education. Under New Mexico state law, information kept in an electronic format...

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More Information Needed on Higher Education

Higher education has been a hot topic both nationally and in New Mexico recently. Congress has been haggling over the interest rates charged on federal student loans while economists question the economic impact of deeply-indebted college graduates. Here in New...

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Putting Teeth in Transparency

“Transparency,” when it comes to government, it is certainly the ideal. Taxpayers – the ones who pay government’s bills – deserve nothing less. The good news is that New Mexico governments have made great strides in recent years. To name just a few improvements,...

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