The legislative session is more than half over, and it is always amusing to see where our legislators think our tax dollars should be spent:
AN ACT MAKING AN APPROPRIATION FOR SCHOOL STUDENTS TO ATTEND SEMIPROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL GAMES. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
Section 1. APPROPRIATION.–One hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) is appropriated from the general fund to the public education department for expenditure in fiscal year 2008 to purchase and distribute tickets to school students for semiprofessional basketball games. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2008 shall revert to the general fund.
I like a good basketball game as much as the next guy, but isn’t this a little silly? Exactly who asked for this legislation, Tingley Colosseum, Albuquerque ThunderbirdIs, or the schools. And Mayor Martin Chavez wants to build an arena where and for how much? I wonder how much we’ll have to appropriate to send school children to that arena.