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Transparency still lacking

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By Jay Miller

So how are we doing on government transparency? It was a major issue during the last gubernatorial campaign. Former Gov. Bill Richardson was raked over the coals for alleged corruption in the investment of billions of state dollars in worthless securities.
Gov. Susana Martinez promised to do much better. A year and a half into her administration the results are mixed. The governor has been criticized for slow responses to records requests and heavily redacted records. The attorney general and state auditor are looking into whether there was some type of collusion in the award of the state fair racino bid.
But there also is good news. A big flap over an exchange of private emails seeking information on the membership status of teachers in a union led to a decision by Gov. Martinez to declare that she wants every email regarding state business to be conducted through state email accounts even though the law allows discussions of a preliminary nature to be conducted privately.


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