Say NO to more government-controlled utilities in NM!
Can you imagine the state or a municipality, like the city of Albuquerque, having control over your electricity?
Consider the power the governor has enjoyed over the past two years of opening and closing businesses, telling us when and where we can shop, and whether our kids could go to school. She discussed turning off the power to companies that were not abiding by her ‘emergency health orders’. Think what would happen if she had the authority to turn off your heat, air conditioning, or appliances.
Our state and some municipalities struggle to manage the assets currently under their purview. Do you think they could handle managing a utility company effectively? But that’s exactly what is being considered. The New Mexico Legislature is considering SM 10 and HM 20, memorials that if passed would initiate working with the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) on a study to determine feasibility of a government run utility in NM. There is no funding mentioned by the legislative directive so it would be another 'unfunded government mandate' that leaves taxpayers on the hook to come up with the money. The other push (that was denied by the PRC), was for a privately funded study which opens the door for special interests to influence and manipulate the outcome.
One of the groups pushing both the legislative effort to study a state run utility (and the 'privately funded' study, which was denied by the PRC) is New Energy Economy. This environmental 'charity' has had complaints filed against it with the state Attorney General, Secretary of State, and the Internal Revenue Service for using a charitable organization contrary to state and/or federal laws. Some of the allegations in the complaints include ‘electioneering’ relating to PRC and legislative officials now involved with the government run utility issue.
It's time to take a stand for New Mexico! Send an email (using the form to the right) to your key committee leaders and the Governor opposing the proposed study of a public owned utility in our state.