(Because it is fair and the right thing to do) By Tony Ortiz and Kathleen Sabo
On January 6, 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state in the United States of America. Nearly one hundred and eleven years later, it is now time to reform the way that the legislature conducts business in our beloved Tierra Encantada.
To better serve the people of New Mexico, it is time to enhance the capacity of the legislature to deal with increasingly complex issues that face our state. A short list of those issues includes climate change, education, infrastructure, energy, health care, tax policy, criminal justice, water allocation, and the management of an annual operating budget in excess of 8 billion dollars.
Smart and effective policies to address the above-mentioned issues, and many others, will demand more from legislators and the legislature, including staff. More research. More study. More debate. More time. More capacity.