Concerning millions in federal stimulus money intended for education programs targeting ‘learning loss’ that occurred during the pandemic closures, the Governor is accountable. The sad fact is that only about 9% of the $977 million the state received will go towards education programs.
Another example comes from crime reports from the state’s largest city, Albuquerque. While most everyone is upset with crime and want action, the city plans to spend $500,000 on a marketing campaign to (among other things) “…reverse negative public perception.” Many would rather that money go into fighting crime, but the decision in this case lies with the Mayor.
So the question becomes, “What can be done to hold elected officials accountable? The answer is simple; elections have consequences and voters have control. As 2021 and 2022 elections approach, you can count on NMBC to give voters the tools needed to know the issues, know the candidates and make informed decisions. NMBC Candidate Job Interviews (like the ones we did for ABQ Mayor), get right to the point of key issues and where candidates stand.