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11/22/2013

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Dennis Roch

Entities adversely affected by this order are not "denied" their appropriated funds; rather, the funds are delayed until the recipients demonstrate that audits are up to date-- a very reasonable request to make of those asking to be entrusted with more taxpayer dollars. The only other option afforded the governor would have been to simply line-item veto those funds intended for entities out of compliance with statutory audit rules.

Is the attorney general advocating for such a move? If so, let us consider whether these entities fare better under a Governor who merely delays funding until other legal requirements are satisfied or under an AG who appears to be willing to truly deny funding to worthy projects for the sake of winning an argument over the separation of powers.
Editor's note -- Roch is a Republican state representative.

Michelle Meaders

I haven't heard whether her contention was found to be true in every case. According to the article, Silver-City area State Sen. Howie Morales said it was not. "Morales said he made sure that governments in his district had up-to-date audits before submitting any capital construction projects on their behalf."

So what happens now? What is the Atty. Gen. authorized to do? It took him 6 months to issue this opinion, so don't expect anything soon.

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Milan Simonich writes about New Mexico politics and government from the Santa Fe Bureau for the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership.

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