Monday’s editorial on New Mexico’s worst-in-show system for doling out infrastructure cash, known as capital outlay, included several questionable projects. Once again, proposed legislation that would have reformed the system, prioritized projects – or at least attached lawmakers’ names to their pet funding requests – failed to make it through the Legislature.
(Kudos to the House Republican caucus, which Tuesday asked that GOP lawmakers’ funded capital outlay expenditures and dollar amounts be posted on the Legislature’s website.)
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has been an outspoken advocate of government transparency and of big thinking. Here’s hoping she’s a critic of piecemeal spending on partial projects, items that won’t last the life of the 10-year bonds that finance them and things that bear no resemblance to infrastructure or state taxpayer responsibility – especially considering the $3 billion in deferred maintenance on state roads and bridges, communities on boil-water advisories for years and areas that are literal dead zones for phone and internet connectivity.
Here are a few more of many items in House Bill 349 the governor should seriously consider vetoing unless she gets a great explanation (we wish her luck getting those given the anonymous system):