Just when you think you know a guy, he goes ahead and surprises you:
I am probably going to regret saying this, but I think the idea of a Department of Hispanic Affairs in state government is totally counterproductive. What is next? Where does this stop? Why on earth do we need it?
Look at our political landscape in New Mexico. A high percentage of power brokers are Hispanic. Our Governor, Congressman Lujan numerous leaders in the Legislature, the Supreme Court and Appeals Court, Mayors, District and Metro Court Judges, City Councillors, County Commissioners, School Board members and other office holders are Hispanic. It is not like we have no political power.
Believe me, this is about one thing. It’s purpose is to create a new State wide Cabinet level department that will hand out some jobs to the supporters or friends and family of the supporters of this ill advised legislation.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I agree 100% with former Mayor Jim Baca. This piece of legislation is right up there at the top as one of the most ridiculous pieces of legislation to be introduced this session.
And, what adds insult to injury here is that there is actually a significant RECURRING fiscal impact of $700,000 per year. Remember, that’s just for starters. Once this newly created cabinet position is filled, and the offices are staffed, you can bet your bottom dollar the appointee will be up at the legislature asking for more money to run this “important” department.
Geez, and you wonder why the state is having budget problems.