Lawsuit: Scheme cost state $90 million

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PCollins

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Feb 19, 2009
How can Gov. Bill Ricardson turn a blind eye to $93Million lost somewhere down a rabbit hole. Taxpayers worked long and hard for this money, turned it over to the state,by law, and now our educational system is in dyer straights, our teachers can't even get their meager raises and there's no money to even have substitutes if a teacher becomes ill. If a teacher quits there will be no replacements for the position. Where is the accountability for this kind of gross negligence? We, the people of New Mexico, have trusted our legislators to garner our moneys in the care taking of our state, to ensure and safeguard our future. You must be held accountable for misrepresenting us, jeopardizing the well being of our educational system, as well as, demoralizing the character of our state and the good people who work so hard to maintain some sense of integrity.
Greed and self absorption from adults that lead is a poor example for our youth to see and to follow in the footsteps of - shame on you.
James W Mares

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Mar 7, 2009
All I can say is "You go Victor Marshall" All retired and active educators in the state of New Mexico should be screaming bloody murder. Our goveor robbed their retirement of $40,000,000.00 to get a fifteen thousand dollar political donation. Everyone who was involved in this scam should be prosacuted. Why isn't the attorney general involved in this?
DEMING NEEDS YOUR HELP

Silver City, NM

#3 Mar 7, 2009
Attn: State and Federal Government Officials…..Please help the citizens of Luna County (Deming-Columbus). The citizens of Luna Co. have recently discovered that county officials have been secretly negotiating employee contracts that give them abusive severance packages one for example is estimated at $300,000 -$400,000 plus PERA retirement contributions. There are more similar contracts amongst friends that involved an estimated $1,000,000.

Please read the information by clicking on the following links:

http://www.demingheadlight.com/ci_11830658
Remember this mess? Any relation to what’s going on today?

SOURCES:
The Deming Headlight, May 12, 2008

http://www.topix.com/forum/source/deming-head ...

“County pays out $97,256.44 in IRS penalties
Luna County has paid the Internal Revenue Service $97,256.44 in interest and penalties assessed on a 2004 audit of anomalies of county handling of fringe benefits...”

Luna County has the highest unemployment in the state. The Village of Columbus Luna Co. is with out a Police force (This is an unnecessary risk exposure in regard to National Security). Deming has one high school that serves Deming and Columbus. The old high school is unfortunately a money pit and construction of a new high school has been proposed but the school district has no money. Why are the Luna Co. officials padding their own severance and retirement packages totaling an estimated one million dollars? We ask and get no reasonable answers! The citizens are getting stone walled by the Luna County Commissioners’.

Families here are suffering due to the state of the economy; in foreclosure or have been foreclosed; homeless and hungry. Why can Luna Co. government waste and abuse happen? Where is the transparency, over site and regulation from the State Auditor’s Office, Attorney Generals Office or other agencies that keep local government in check? We really need some support and the majority of the citizens request an official inquiry into the Luna Co government finance and administration.

We hope and pray someone in the capital city hears our pleas! Thank you in advance for your anticipated action.

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