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By Jay Miller

NAPILI BAY, MAUI — What’s happening in New Mexico? I leave it with one regular session of the Legislature expired but not finished. Two weeks later I hear you finished after a false start but didn’t get much of anything accomplished.

You kicked the can down the road, as they say. You passed some minor cuts and some minor tax increases. But those cuts and tax increases may not be real. Gov. Bill Richardson may veto them or ignore them. So we don’t know if they’ve really happened yet.

The Legislature, which once had fits when Gov. Richardson changed its actions, now is telling him that if revenues aren’t enough, he is directed to make more cuts of his own. And, of course, he may veto some of the tax increases, in which case he has to make more cuts. Lawmakers don’t seem to mind that because it makes him more unpopular.

So we’re looking at a Legislature that is going to be back in session in the next few months when the next revenue projections are issued. Because of reluctance to face reality, revenue projections in this down time will always be lower than expected and require another round of agony.


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