Doing new stuff is one of the key ways to build an economy.
The proposal by Sen. Cisco McSorley, Albuquerque Democrat, to legalize growing hemp for industrial purposes was one such idea. McSorley’s bill met the governor’s veto pen.
Liberals were outraged. According to Wikipedia, hemp incorporates several varieties of the Cannabis plant and is used for rope, fiber and oil, among other things. If “Cannabis” sounds familiar, think marijuana.
A side benefit of the bill was to illustrate that even mega-liberals, of which McSorley is one, can think productively about capitalism once in the while.
So can government.
The Museum of New Mexico is one of those parts of state government that I see as a good thing. That the people working for the museum add to total government employment is, well, so what.
A side note is that the museum still suffers from the name confusion of really being a system of museums and including what it calls “historic sites” such as Coronado, Jemez and Lincoln.
It is the largest, state-run museum system in the country, the system’s “corporate” parent, the Department of Cultural Affairs, confirms.