February 10, 2017— This week on New Mexico in Focus we look at renewed efforts to create a statewide ethics commission. The sponsor of one bill argues what several polls have shown: The perception of corruption is bad for business and creating an ethics commission would make the state more attractive for companies looking to relocate. And we talk to new Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver about what she’s doing to improve how we track money in politics.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver was the Bernalillo County Clerk before winning election to the secretary of state’s office in 2016. Her office oversees elections and campaign finance reporting.
- Is New Mexico Moving in the Right Direction? (Business poll results)—Albuquerque Journal
- Competing ethics proposals raise questions of secrecy and oversight—by Trip Jennings, New Mexico in Depth
- Commentary: New Mexico: A state in need of reform—By Gabriel R. Sanchez, Melina Juárez and Brooke Abrams, The Santa Fe New Mexican
- New Survey Finds Strong Support for Ethics Reform to Combat Political Corruption in New Mexico—Highlights from a Statewide Survey Conducted by the RWJF Center for Health Policy at UNM
- Editorial: Ethics proposals nothing without transparency—Albuquerque Journal
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