Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

District PRC Offices Not Legislators' Intent.(Final)(Editorial)

EDITORIALS

Rookie Public Regulation Commissioner E. Shirley Baca has either failed to familiarize herself with the panel's history or simply refuses to accept legislative directives. Just as her District 5 predecessor Tony Schaefer tried to do, Baca is attempting to use PRC resources to set up an unauthorized satellite office in her home town of Las Cruces.

Legislators oppose district offices, and have twice blocked initiatives to reimburse commissioners for travel expenses to and from Santa Fe.

Baca should have known that commissioners tried in 1999 to designate home districts as "posts of duty" in an attempt collect travel pay, but abandoned the effort when legislators threatened to cut $45,000 from the PRC operating budget. …

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