Since the people of New Mexico entrusted Republicans with leadership of the House of Representatives two years ago, we have taken our obligation to be good stewards of the people’s money and of the people’s House. During each of our sessions in leaderships of the House, we have saved almost $1 million and have reduced the amount of paper used by more than one-third.
Our efficiencies weren’t just in the money we saved but in the way we have run the House. We started our committees on time. We heard the bills that were on the agenda. We made sure that the constituents who came to participate in their government were treated with respect. And, unlike in previous sessions, we began working from the first day of the session instead of taking a long weekend off the first week of the session. This allowed us to more carefully consider legislation and avoid the last-minute, furious rush to vote on legislation as time ran out.
Efficiencies like this not only respect the tax dollars we’ve been entrusted with and the time of our constituents, but they allow the legislature to make better decisions.