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Talking the Rail Runner

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Senator poses good question but misses the point

By Harold Morgon

Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, poses a good question about the New Mexico Rail Runner Express with his Senate Bill 247.
But like nearly all Democrats and a good many Republicans, he missed the point. He only asks who should pay for the Rail Runner’s losses, all New Mexicans or just some, not whether it should continue.
The bill provides “a dedicated funding source for the operation and maintenance costs of heavy rail mass transit systems that fairly imposes these costs on the locales and persons that are primarily served.”
Government has things to do. But what things? At what level of government? Is there benefit to people supposedly served by the government activity?
At a long ago legislative grilling of Alex Mercure, then Secretary of the Commerce and Industry Department, a legislator from the northeast, admitting he was being parochial, asked what Mercure was going to do for the legislator and his district. Mercure dissembled. The hearing moved to other matters.


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