Monday, January 4, 2010

Bill to put state budget online is back

Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, just said he'll reintroduce a measure that would post the entire state budget online again in the upcoming session.

The Senate passed the measure earlier this year, but it died in the House Taxation and Revenue Committee. 

"My constituents are demanding that they want to know how our state got in such a financial mess.  Last year we faced a billion dollar shortfall and this year we are facing nearly the same thing," Rue said in a statement. "They want transparency in state government, they want to be able to see the state’s budget in a clear and easily understood format on the web.  My bill gives it to them."

Rue said he'll prefile the bill early so that it's in the hopper when the other 111 lawmakers get to Santa Fe Jan. 19 for the session.

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