Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Martinez Administration Priorities Listed

For those remotely familiar with New Mexico’s legislature, grand revelations did not appear at yesterday’s “Ringside at the Roundhouse” luncheon program at the meeting of the New Mexico Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
The speakers were Brian Sanderoff, president of Research and Polling, Inc., and Kent Walz, editor of the Albuquerque Journal. Sanderoff did most of the talking.
Overall the presentation offered an introduction to the legislature. The most valuable item was a list of priorities of the Martinez administration, as deduced by the Journal. In order, those priorities are:
1. No tax increase.
2. Education reform. (The administration’s three main education bills seem to be moving.)
3. Crime and public corruption.
4. Reducing the regulatory burden on business, especially environmental regulations.
5. No more driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants.
6. Reducing film incentives.
7. Require a photo identification to vote.
8. Minimize spending cuts.
To a fair extent, the list reflects Martinez’ prior life as a district attorney. Except for the education package, the list does not offer is any “bold change,” any rethinking of the role of state government. That’s too bad.

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