Transparency still has ways to go

“Transparency,” when it comes to government, it is certainly the ideal. Taxpayers — the ones who pay government’s bills — deserve nothing less. The good news is that New Mexico governments have made great strides in recent years. To name just a few improvements, records of legislative floor sessions are now online, as are all […]

Resolution reduces transparency

I don’t know who I’m specifically sticking up for with this column. But the beauty of it is that it doesn’t matter. The New Mexico Senate, on Feb. 23, passed Resolution 4, which amended its rules to state that, “Photography, video or audio recording or transmission of committee proceedings may, upon request, be allowed with […]

Letter to the editor: Transparency needed

Transparency needed The letter came to me in December. The Board of Curry County Commissioners has appointed you to serve on the detention center and courthouse committees. The purpose of these committees is to assist the county commission in solving the infrastructure and financial needs of the detention center and courthouse. The letter did not […]

Candidate profiles: Land Commission

Liliana Castillo The race for state land commissioner pits a veteran against a newcomer, both counting on voters’ thirst for change. Specifically, a change to transparency. Democrat Ray Powell of Albuquerque, 60, had the job from 1993 to 2003. Republican Matt Rush of Portales, 36, is new to politics. Current Land Commissioner Republican Patrick Lyons […]

Transparency progress being made

In recent years, there has been a push for transparency in government throughout New Mexico. The Rio Grande Foundation and the Foundation for Open Government, along with a large and bi-partisan group of legislators, have generated some major successes. This initiative has been driven in part by new technologies that make information more accessible to […]

Still fighting for more transparency

By Sarah Welsh: Guest columnist Twenty years ago this month, Bob Johnson hung out the shingle for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and began soliciting members. The free open-government hotline started ringing that day, and it hasn’t stopped since. Bob wasn’t starting from square one. NM-FOG had been officially incorporated the summer before, […]

Commissioners ask for more transparency on investments

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Asking for more transparency and concluding their communication problems lie with Treasurer Bernice Baker, Curry County commissioners seemed satisfied Wednesday with an explanation of investments during a lengthy study session. Investment Advisor Rob Burpo, owner of Albuquerque-based First American Financial Advisor Inc., gave commissioners a 3 1/2 hour presentation, […]

Obama failing on transparency promise

Freedom Newspapers It should hardly come as a surprise that once in office elected politicians forget about, abandon, or fudge on promises made to get elected. President Barack Obama’s record on transparency and openness, however, is more disappointing than most such instances. During the campaign, candidate Obama promised an unprecedented degree of openness and transparency, […]

Legislature works on transparency, ethics measures

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican In the basement, the Senate in a late-night session was taking a major step to increase confidence in state government by voting to throw the doors open on some of the last closed meetings in the Capitol. It decided 33-8 to open conference committees to the public, […]

Bill seeks transparency on state spending

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State expenditures would be displayed online and searchable under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday, one of a few moves that would increase transparency in the Roundhouse this year. Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, who is carrying the measure (SB159), said it would make it easy for people to follow […]