Giving a voice to rural and frontier communities is the idea behind a bill sponsored by state Sen. Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales, D-Rancho de Taos.
The bill calls for a “rural equity ombud” to be designated within the state Department of Finance and Administration. It currently is in the Senate Committees’ Committee and must also pass through the Public Affairs Committee, as well as the Senate Finance Committee.
“This is actually year four of working in this direction trying to get more equity for frontier and rural communities in New Mexico,” said activist Carol Miller of Ojo Sarco, who has been working with a coalition of organizations advocating for just such a state slot. “We’re calling for the state to start trying to make itself more accommodating to the smaller communities.”