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Rio Grande Foundation

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The issue of transportation and capital outlay reform has been “front and center” during this year's 30-day legislative session in Santa Fe. Many say New Mexico’s capital outlay process is broken.

But as Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation says, it’s not just that. If New Mexicans are going to get the most ‘bang’ for their infrastructure buck, he says we must reform the way workers are paid on public works projects.   

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol via flickr

In March the New Mexico state Legislature unanimously passed a bill that would basically eliminate what critics call “policing for profit,” the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize cars, cash and other property police say were used in committing a crime. The practice originated in the 1980s as a tool to fight back against big drug dealers, but civil liberties groups on the right and left of the political spectrum say the lure of big money has now corrupted government agencies, who use the law to pad their coffers.

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