Reforming state government

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Look at our revolving door of insiders and outsiders

By Sherry Robinson

Asked last week who she supported for governor, a small businesswoman in Eagle Nest responded, “I hate them both! Get off the TV and let me watch my shows!”
By now, more than a few people feel that way.
We don’t care where Susana Martinez grew up. We don’t care about Diane Denish’s Christmas cards. Be assured that Martinez can’t give our water to Texas, even if she wanted to, and that the conflict-of-interest story about Denish’s husband is fiction.
The real issue boils down to this: How do we reform state government to make it lean, honest, efficient, and customer friendly?
In every election cycle voters have chosen individuals to do that, and every other governor in memory has been an outsider who promised to shake things up. Instead, Santa Fe shakes up the outsiders, and then we elect an insider who understands government but makes us wish again for an outsider, who then prompts us to elect an insider. And so on.
Outsider Garrey Carruthers in 1987 followed insider Toney Anaya. Carruthers, an energetic, personable, university economist, boasted during his campaign that he was not a lawyer and hadn’t served in the legislature.

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