Transition of power musing

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Competence sought in cabinet members

As the gubernatorial transition from Bill Richardson to Susana Martinez moves forward, a few observations appear appropriate.
One suggestion has come to the IdeasForNewMexico@swcp.com e-mail address unveiled in my last column. It’s a good one and is exactly the sort of problem, well known to people on the ground, that doesn’t trickle to the netherworld of the transition.
Isabelle Montoya and a colleague wanted to open an outpatient speech therapy clinic in Farmington. To accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, they had to be licensed as what is called a “limited medical clinic.” Getting the license required extensive remodeling of their 1,300-square-foot building, including $10,000 of plumbing work. State officials told Montoya that potential providers walk away “many, many times” because of the regulations.
The situation of Montoya and her colleague is a perfect example of mindless regulation reducing productivity and stifling creativity. For the full tale see www.capitolreportnm.blogspot.com.
Gov. Elect Martinez has selected committees to find department secretaries, commonly three per committee.

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