I’ve written in this space on several occasions about New Mexico’s fractured and all-too-reliant on the government business community. Nonetheless, the Martinez Administration provides an opportunity and the budget situation provides a necessity for the business community to step up and make New Mexico government more effective and efficient.
The opinion paper in Sunday’s paper was a good start. But, with $452 million in savings needed, it is time to move beyond platitudes and generalities and into specifics. We at the Rio Grande Foundation outlined some tough budget cuts. These are by no means the only opportunities for savings, but I’d love to know what specific savings the business community has been looking at and work with them. After all, it’ll take the united efforts of the business community, the Martinez Administration, and fiscal conservatives throughout the state to close the budget gap and change New Mexico government for the better.