What we did on our summer vacations.
Why a federal investigation into “pay to play” financial deals by Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration was reportedly closed not long before Aldus Equity founder Saul Meyer admitted he recommended the state purchase “certain investments that were pushed on me by politically connected individuals in New Mexico.”
How to deal with the $656 million-and-growing hole in the state budget.
Make the Republican caucus do the dishes for once. How’s that for equality?
Read the names of closeted lawmakers who opposed same-sex domestic partnership rights.
Create the world’s largest engagement ring by surrounding the building with gold lamé fabric topped with a giant faux “diamond.”
To save on energy costs.
Because that way, top power brokers can work out the details of the budget in advance of the public process and limit scrutiny of their decisions.
They’re already working on a Saturday, for chrissake! You can’t expect them to come in on Sunday, too.
Repealing the tax cuts on personal income, corporate income and capital gains he got passed in 2003.
Cutting state services like education and health care so deeply that most businesses would never consider locating here.
Establishing “New Business Shakedown Checkpoints,” aka “Welcome Stops,” at every airport and road that crosses into the state.
Richardson’s excuses for leaving the scene of a boat accident involving staff—including Finance and Administration Secretary Katherine Miller—at Elephant Butte this summer.
The various sources of revenue—from royalties on oil production to hunting license fees to sales and income taxes—that make up the state’s tax base.
The argument that higher teacher salaries correlate to smarter students.
“Squeezing the Revenue Turnip.”
“Flogging the Dead Revenue Horse.”
“Spanking the Money Monkey.”
“Competing proposals that may include certain kinds of tax increases or other measures less palatable to our campaign donors.”
Agency cuts averaging 16.3 percent or $258 million.
Agency cuts averaging 4.7 percent or $104 million, plus $156 million in cuts to public schools and higher education.
Agency cuts averaging 3.5 percent plus 2.5 percent to salary, saving $64 million alone.
Ending corporate subsidies with no demonstrable public benefit; tax increases on the wealthy.
“The duct tape and Krazy Glue approach.”
“Like squeezing a blood-drained revenue turnip full of Swiss-cheese-like holes.”
One popular proposal calls for closing the deficit by raiding the bank accounts of immobile childless nonvoters.
We’re all, like, connected.
“When the Legislature has a hole in its budget like this, it has to hurt the economy in some way.”
The future well-being of its population and, as a result, the cost savings that come with good public health.
The part of its soul that is nourished by showing compassion to those less fortunate.
$4 in matching federal funds.
The state Public Defender Department, which faces a smaller cut statewide
Small-time pot growers: Heat’s off, dude.
Wife-beaters: “In a recession, domestic violence clearly goes up,” 1st Judicial District Family Court Judge Raymond Oritz says. “The 1st District is already three judges short…Any further cuts are going to impact the courts’ ability to deal quickly and effectively with domestic violence.”
The Money Monkey chokes on the revenue turnip and kicks the bucket.
¡Viva la revolución!