Ethics Reform Largely Absent in Governor Martinez’s Opening Address

Our Reporter Gwyneth Doland spent a busy week covering the opening session of the 2016 New Mexico legislative session. Governor Susana Martinez opened Tuesday with the annual State of the State address where she focused on crime, economic development and education proposals, yet she spent little time on ethics and accountability. See Gwyneth’s story here.

Some important highlights:

  • The governor briefly mentioned capital outlay and lobbyist spending during her address to the floor, saying, “We need to fix the way we spend infrastructure money because the way projects are funded now leads to unmet regional and state needs, and a string of projects that haven’t been vetted and can’t be completed.”
  • Around 85% of New Mexicans support an independent ethics commission, according to a report from Common Cause this week.
  • Governor Martinez indicated she will approve any bills related to ethics during the session.

Look forward to Gwyneth’s next call-in show on February 4th at 8am on KUNM, 89.9 in Albuquerque & Santa Fe or streaming at

Rep. Brian Egolf and HB172

Representative Brain Egolf (D) addresses the governor’s contingency fund. Will she allow it to be reviewed this session? Watch below:

People, Power and Democracy is a collaborative media project between KUNM,New Mexico in Depth, New Mexico News Port and New Mexico PBS that explores the influence of money in New Mexico politics. Support for the project comes from the Thornburg Foundation.

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