Questions linger over NM’s $48 million computer system for the unemployed

By Rob Nikolewski on October 23, 2013

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog
SANTA FE – The troubled $48 million computer program handling New Mexico’s unemployment taxes and claims has dramatically improved, the secretary of the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions said Wednesday.
But at least one state senator is skeptical.
DWS Secretary Celina Bussey said average telephone wait times on Mondays — typically [...]

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Whistleblower Sues Public Regulation Commission

By Jim Scarantino on June 21, 2010


Attorney General King took immediate action to address the various concerns mentioned in the email from Mr. Feliciano.  The email mentioned a number of issues including alleged misconduct, a request for legal representation, and a legal opinion.  The allegations [...]

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By Jim Scarantino on June 10, 2010

I am in Chicago for a few days of meetings with other watchdogs from around the country.   This is a great city and the weather is perfect.  Blackhawk mania has infected everyone and everything.  Even the statutes outside the Art Institute are wearing Blackhawk helmets.  I’ll be posting on New Mexico soon.

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Remember Those Who Have Given So Much

By Jim Scarantino on May 31, 2010

God bless our troops and their families. Let us remember today those who have sacrificed so much for the defense of our country and the liberties we enjoy. (Photo credit to QandO blog, dedicated to Stuart Lee Barnett, SP3, KIA, RVN, 8/16/70)

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State Investment Council Reform: Don’t Stop Now

By Jim Scarantino on May 24, 2010

Thanks greatly to the leadership of Sen. Tim Keller, the State Investment Council has received some much needed reform.  No longer will the Governor have a virtual lock on appointments and be able to direct the SIC’s decisions from afar.  Already we are seeing new SIC members take a hard look at what had been [...]

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Fighting Off Spam Attack at New Mexico Liberty

By Jim Scarantino on May 21, 2010

I’ve been quiet here for a couple days.  Another site I administer, New Mexico Liberty, got hit with two separate waves of spam attacks.  It’s taking some time to clean up the mess, including hundreds of fake members that got onto the rolls.  Please forgive my absence while I do some mopping up.

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More on Green2V’s Curious Letter of Credit for Rio Rancho Bonds

By Jim Scarantino on May 7, 2010

A company that says it has $500 million literally in the bank should be able to show bank records confirming that claim.  The firm that has issued a letter of credit to buy that sum of industrial revenue bonds to be issued by Rio Rancho for solar start-up Green2V says it has that kind of [...]

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Another ACORN-like Menace?

By Jim Scarantino on April 19, 2010

They strong arm financial institutions. They hurl charges of false racism. They’ve been called shakedown artists. They have leveraged the Community Reinvestment Act into a profitable enterprise for themselves and allies. And they are spreading across the nation.
ACORN? No, the Greenlining Institute, a similar organization that has flown under [...]

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Tea Parties Everywhere

By Jim Scarantino on April 14, 2010

Liberty, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, fiscal responsibility, the freedom to prosper–got a problem with that?  Unfortunately, many of our political leaders seem to have forgotten what has made America great.  A lot of New Mexicans will try to jog their memories tomorrow.

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Digging Up New Stories and Facts

By Jim Scarantino on March 29, 2010

We’ve got piles of documents to wade through, calls to make, questions to place and numbers to crunch.  Sometimes we have to put our heads down and just dig.  Please check back for new reports from your team at New Mexico Watchdog. We’ll have new stuff this week.

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