The state Public Regulation Commission has a big job and a bad reputation.
On the big job side of the ledger, the PRC decides things like how much New Mexicans pay for electricity, natural gas service, landline phones and tow trucks. It regulates ambulance services. In its oversight of regulated utilities, its job is to balance the interests of shareholders and ratepayers when it comes to things like your electric bill – which no doubt most of you have noticed during this long, hot summer.
And its job isn’t just cost. It’s also about reliability.
On the other side of the ledger, the PRC has had so many self-inflicted wounds in its sordid history – running the gamut from felony convictions to violence stemming from extramarital affairs to embezzlement from taxpayers to fuel a drug habit – that it has earned its place as the piñata of New Mexico politics. It’s an easy target to hit, even blindfolded.