Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Blog That the PRC Does NOT Want You To Read

Hello, freedom loving readers at the state Public Regulation Commission! According to a source over there, this blog is one that's been approved for your reading by your wise superiors.

However, Green Chile Chatter, the blog maintained by my Capitol Bureau colleague Kate Nash, is not so lucky. According to my source, if you try to go there, you get a message saying NMPRC internet policy does not allow this web site to be accessed.

That's not fair! Why does she get to be the banned one? That's a lot more fun than being the government-approved site!

Anyway, here's a copy of Kate's latest post. Ironically, it's about the new state government Sunshine Portal.


New sunshine portal to launch sooner than expected

Good news in the good government category: the state's sunshine portal will be unveiled Thursday at a press conference in Albuquerque.

The site promises a ton of public information in one spot, including the yearly budgets for each state agency, with a categorized monthly expenditure list, a monthly summary of the State Investment Council's investments, info on all state employees, positions and titles and revenue the state is receiving, broken out by category. In addition, it will have a regular update of the state's check ledger.

If it works as promised, this will be a super handy tool for anyone who wants quick access to accurate information about how taxpayer money is being spent.

Sen. Sander Rue, who sponsored the bill to create the website, called it a one-stop shop.
"With the click of a mouse, the public can more actively participate in its state government. This one-stop shop website allows members of the public to more readily and easily become engaged in how government runs with our tax dollars," he said in a statement.

So far, it sounds like the site will quickly become a favorite for those following state government.