Will We Get Good Government Reforms This Year?
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In her state of the state address Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez told lawmakers that public safety should be their top concern. But she also mentioned the need to reform an old and entrenched system of political pork that's interfering with our ability to build things New Mexicans say we badly need: new roads, bridges and water systems.
The governor also mentioned the need to fix the system we use to track money in politics. And to stop the ever-spinning revolving door that has lawmakers leaving the Roundhouse one day as a Senator and returning the next day as a lobbyist.
We'll explore some of Martinez's ideas, some of the things she left out and some of the specific proposals lawmakers have already introduced.
Our guests include:
- Laurie Weahkee is the executive director of the Native American Voters Alliance.
- Justin Horwath is a reporter for The Santa Fe New Mexican.
- Professor Bruce Perlman Ph.D. specializes in public policy, institutional reform and policy.
- Janice Arnold-Jones is a former member of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
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