In an ironic twist…
Gov. Bill Richardson and New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid said Friday they will work to draft legislation to investigate and punish companies that engage in gas price gouging after natural disasters.
This is the same Governor who has no problem with tax gouging year in and year out. He has successfully pushed for spending more and more of the ever-increasing tax revenue (scroll down to “Budget-Finances”) surpluses that are a direct result of escalating gas and oil prices. In fact, the Governor’s spokesman was recently quick to dismiss any taxpayer relief (subscription) that might negatively impact the state overflowing coffers.
In other news, the Governor’s new taxpayer funded $5.5 million dollar jet (subscription) is now in Santa Fe.