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Richardson Legacy: Fiscal Policy

Bill Richardson
Bill Richardson

By Elaine Baumgartel


Albuquerque, NM – No politician's legacy is set in stone or even immediately obvious at the end of a term. We wanted to reflect on some of the issues that could impact Governor Bill Richardson's legacy. He has served as New Mexico's top elected official for the past eight years.

Some of the Governor's more recent high profile projects include the Railrunner Express Commuter train and his support of the film industry. But as KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel reports, it's one of Richardson's early fiscal policy decisions that could continue to have an impact for years to come.

Elaine Baumgartel was KUNM's News Director from 2013 to 2019. She was local Morning Edition host from 2007 through 2012 and she regularly hosted the station's live news and public affairs show for some years. Elaine originally came on board at KUNM as a volunteer and student employee in 2003.