Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sanchez joins Albuquerque Sen. Kent Cravens, Santa Fe radiologist J.R. Damron, former state Rep. Brian Moore and Albuquerque nurse Bea Sheridan in the June primary.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Gov. Bill Richardson said today he wants to ban talking on hand-held phones while driving in the state.
He plans to support legislation in 2010 that would prohibit driving without a headset, like several cities in the state have already done.
“Driver distraction is a major cause of accidents, and the use of cell phones while driving is increasingly a problem,” Richardson said in statement.
“We’ve all seen drivers swerving around the road while talking on the phone and texting, putting the safety and lives of New Mexicans in danger.”
Thom Turbett, president of SafeTeen New Mexico, said in a statement that people who use cell phones and drive are four times more likely to get into accidents. “Technology has created a situation that is causing much greater risk to everyone who drives,” he said.
The proposed legislation would make it a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $200.
Going into his last session, the move seems like a pretty sure win for Richardson. While not everyone likes it, bans are generally popular across the country.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
As more and more people talk about the possibility of raising the state's tax on food, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish said today she's against the thought.
“Like many other states, New Mexico is facing tough times and we have to make some tough decisions in order to close our state’s budget shortfall," she said in a statement.
"A lot of ideas have been put on the table, but one thing I will not support is an across-the-board tax on all food. When families are pinching and scraping to get by, taxing the basics like milk and bread is just not right," she said.
"We need a solution to the state's budget problem, but it should not come at the cost of making tough times even tougher for regular New Mexico families. We must start the upcoming legislative session by identifying ways to make government smaller and more efficient, such as overhauling the capital outlay process and ending the practice of double-dipping.”
Others have said raising the tax on junk food is a wiser plan; it's unclear if Denish supports that idea.
Gov. Bill Richardson, meanwhile -- who first proposed cutting the state's food tax -- remains mum on what he'll support in the upcoming session.
"The governor has not and will not comment on any of the potential tax increases, other than what he said previously about his deep reservations about any changes to the personal-income and capital gains tax cuts as well as tax credits that have created thousands of jobs for
New Mexicans in areas such as film and renewable energy," a spokesman said.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Under the new plan offered by Gov. Bill Richardson, employees wouldn’t be off Dec. 31, but rather March 5, spreading out the pain of unpaid time off.
The plan still would include other furlough dates before or after holidays late this year and early next year.
The original plan called for employees to stay home Dec. 24, Dec. 31, Jan. 15, April 2 and May 28, all around holidays.
Under the new plan, employees would stay home and government offices would be closed on Dec. 24, Jan. 15, March 5, April 2 and May 28.
More details here.
Friday, December 4, 2009
“Over the past year, I’ve taken necessary action to responsibly cut state spending and balance the budget,” Richardson said in a statement. “I’ve established this committee to help identity additional areas for savings and increased efficiency by conducting a top to bottom review of state government.”
The group will make recommendations to lawmakers for the 2010 session and former Gov. Garry Carruthers will serve as chairman.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
"The bus, known as Freedom1, will be missed by the campaign and many others because of its special connection to the firefighters who died in 9/11. The bus was built to lead “Ride to Remember-2002,” a motorcycle rally that involved more than 450 firefighters and rode to Ground Zero, the Pentagon and the crash site in Pennsylvania."
The red, white and blue bus had a photo of Weh and said "Veterans for Weh" on the side.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
"I’m extremely concerned about proposed land swaps between the State Land Office and private land owners in the Whites Peak area," Richardson said. "I am told the swaps would result in a net loss of almost 4,000 acres to the state, much of it pristine mountain, alpine meadow, lake and riparian territory. These are some of the finest public hunting and sporting grounds in the state."
"I’m particularly concerned about the process by which this swap apparently has been arranged – namely, a behind-the-scenes deal with virtually no public input or notification, sealed bids, and inadequate opportunity for examination. This should not be acceptable for any major transaction involving public trust lands, much less lands that for centuries have been used for traditional purposes such as hunting, trapping and recreation."
Expect a rebuttal from Lyons next. . .
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
|WHAT IS ETHICS|
|1. What does the word "ethics" mean to you?|
|2. Do you think you could spot potential problems with ethics in the Agency?|
|3. Have you observed any ethical issues/violations at the Agency within the last year?|
|4. Does management provide adequate information/training on ethical issues?|
|5. Do you feel that as an employee of the PRC your are aware and understand what "ethical" rules|
|the staff and the Commissioners need to follow?|
|6. Have you ever received any training from management at the PRC regarding what is ethical and|
|what is not in your position?|
|7. Have your ever been asked to do anything you felt was unethical by someone who has|
|supervisory or managerial power over your position at the PRC?|
|8. Do you think that there is a different ethical standard for Commissioners,|
|exempt employees and classified employees?|
|1. How do you think the PRC is perceived by the public? Rate on a scale of 1-5|
|2. How do you think the PRC is perceived by the regulated entity? Rate on a scale of 1-5|
|3. How do you think the PRC is perceived by the employees? Rate on a scale of 1-5|
|4. Please rank the following issues in order of which of the issues raises the greatest concern to you as related topics at the PRC.|
|#1 would be of the most concern to you and needs the most improvement, #2 second most etc.|
|Personal use of state time||22||10||12||22||16||8||6||2||8|
|Influence by regulated industries||21||9||8||13||10||12||13||10||1||8|
|Hiring and promotional practices||73||23||13||6||1||1||1||3|
|Use of computers and state equip||11||7||4||3||15||13||18||17||2||9|
|Unequal treatment of employees||49||24||14||10||3||1||5|
|*** 22 see comments|
|1. Would you feel comfortable reporting unethical behavior by an employee if you were told|
|it would be kept confidential?|
|2. Do you feel that you could confidentially discuss concerns with someone in this Agency?|
|SITUATION QUESTIONS - These are hypothetical|
|1. Your supervisor asks you to look the other way when he/she allows another employee to|
|take off early every day and not report it on their timesheets.|
|ethical||1||unethical||125||I don't know||4|
|2. Your boss takes you out to lunch.|
|ethical||61||unethical||19||I don't know||25|
|3. A regulated entity tells you that they will buy you dinner if you fast track their paperwork.|
|ethical||0||unethical||117||I don't know||2|
|4. An employee of a regulated entity asks you out on a date.|
|ethical||19||unethical||54||I don't know||30|
|5. Your friend asks you to get their paperwork due to the PRC processed more quickly that the regular guy.|
|ethical||11||unethical||95||I don't know||7|
|6. A regulated entity takes you out to dinner and you pay for yours.|
|ethical||77||unethical||22||I don't know||15|
|7. Working against the PRC agenda at the Legislature on work time.|
|ethical||5||unethical||91||I don't know||10|
|8. Helping a regulated entity to get copies of the documents they need that have been filed in a case file.|
|ethical||43||unethical||45||I don't know||18|
|9. A member of a regulated entity asks you to pass on confidential case information.|
|ethical||2||unethical||105||I don't know||9|
|10. An employee does not report time they have taken off on their time sheet.|
|ethical||1||unethical||113||I don't know||16|
|11. An employee is consistently taking more than one hour for lunch and not reporting it.|
|ethical||2||unethical||98||I don't know||16|
|12. A Commissioner asks you to do a special favor for a regulated entity.|
|ethical||5||unethical||85||I don't know||23|
|13. A fellow employee is working for a regulated entity as a second job.|
|ethical||6||unethical||73||I don't know||22|
|14. An employee of a regulated entity gives you a kitten.|
|ethical||32||unethical||31||I don't know||52|
|15. An employee of the PRC gives an employee of a regulated entity a car.|
|ethical||15||unethical||78||I don't know||23|
|16. An employee is passing on false information about a fellow employee in order to keep|
|them from getting a promotion.|
|ethical||1||unethical||100||I don't know||2|
|17. Volunteering to work on a Commissioner’s campaign.|
|ethical||38||unethical||35||I don't know||36|
|18. Employees are taking walks together and visiting during their lunch hours.|
|ethical||99||unethical||2||I don't know||7|