Gary Johnson defends Gov.Martinez’ special session agenda

Friday, September 09, 2011 at 11:33 am | More from The New Mexico Independent

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson said that Gov. Susana Martinez had the prerogative to add items to the special session agenda beyond redistricting as he stopped by the Roundhouse Thursday. More from the Journal:

“I think I had the same criticism (as the governor). I would have called a special session and put stuff on, and whatever I put on was way in excess of what should be addressed,” Johnson said. “I think the governor clearly has the right to put on whatever she wants to put on and, of course, the Legislature has the converse ability to reject it.”

Johnson was governor during the last redistricting, but didn’t add other items to the agenda — the redistricting process took 17 days and eventually wound up in state courts. He addressed the driver’s license issue by saying, “Get government out of all of that stuff and just get them in the business of issuing a work visa.”

The current driver’s license law passed after Johnson left office in 2003.



Parental Choice
Comment posted June 21, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

And this is why we need choice ASAP!

Comment posted June 21, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

Agreed with Parental Choice!
Not only are some of these public schools astonishingly dangerous, but they aren’t preparing students or college or the real world, either. See:

Comment posted June 21, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

Vouchers and expanded EITC will cause public, private, and charter schools to become more competitive, academically and financially.

Comment posted June 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

We do have CHOICE.  It’s called the choice you made when you bought your house in a lousy district.  It’s called the free-market.  So now, I suppose we want big-government to come in and solve everyone’s problems?  The vast majority of Pennsylvania’s public schools are extremely successful – eliminate a few of the worst performers and Pennsylvania’s scores rank with the best in the world.

Comment posted June 22, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

According to test scores, the charter schools and cyber schools wouldn’t be much of a lifeline.  EVERY SINGLE Cyber school in Pennsylvania is underperforming, as are most charter schools.  Sending kids to these schools is throwing them an anchor.

And it’s not much of a lifeline for special needs kids, either, is it?  Charter schools are notorious for not providing services to kids with handicaps, and of course some charters and all religious schools don’t have to provide any services at all.

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