Money woes, political distractions in New Mexico kept ethics on the sidelines this session

State legislators passed a budget, created a REAL-ID driver's license fix, cracked down on DWI and child porn and advanced bail reform. But did they do anything to reverse the tide of indicators that New Mexicans have lost faith in state government?

Guests on the KUNM Call In Show argued Thursday that lawmakers' achievements this session were limited by New Mexico’s budget crisis—and political distractions— making it difficult to focus on anything else.

“Everything has to come back to the budget,” said Matthew Reichbach, editor of New Mexico Political Report. Continue…