Union-backed Mayor Keller vetoes measure to restore competition in city contracts

At the Rio Grande Foundation we believe that taxpayers should get the best possible government service for our tax dollar. New Mexico’s failure to do that is one reason Wallethub ranked the State 2nd from the bottom in terms of the Return on Investment (ROI) for those tax dollars.

Alas, Albuquerque Mayor Keller apparently believes that local roads and public buildings should be made even more expensive by requiring union labor. Flanked by union members, he just vetoed repeal of the City’s Project Labor Agreement legislation which will give unions control over major public works projects, thus padding their bottom lines.

As the Albuquerque Journal article points out, “Unions contributed heavily to the political action committee backing Keller’s successful 2021 reelection bid.”