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Keeping Secrets

A little over a year ago, it struck me as fiscally irresponsible that Governor Bill Richardson would spend $200,000 of taxpayer funds to hire an out of state firm to provide policy advice when he already had “a senior policy advisor” working on the taxpayer dime.

Now, the Governor refuses to release to the public the policy recommendations paid for by the public:

Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration paid a Pennsylvania consultant $181,200 over the last year to come up with new policy ideas for the state, but so far much of what New Mexico got for its money is unknown.

Spokesman Pahl Shipley said the governor’s office will not release reports it received from Public Works LLC of West Chester, Pa.

Shipley cited executive privilege as the reason for keeping the records from the public, the Albuquerque Journal reported Saturday in a copyright story.

Gee, I wonder what they are trying to hide?