Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

State Scores D On Public Records Test.(Editorial Page)

Editorials

Visit a government building in New Mexico paid for by your taxes and ask for a document produced with your taxes. Chances are three out of 10, on average, that a government employee, whose salary is paid from your taxes, will assert that you are not entitled to the public record.

The figures are derived from a recent audit of 210 government offices conducted by New Mexico newspapers.

The overall refusal rate of 30 percent, which is bad enough, begins to look pretty good in comparison to the way law enforcement agencies treat the citizens they are sworn to serve. According to the audit, requests for records were denied in 34 percent of police departments and 42 percent of sheriff's departments. …

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