No dice for privatization: A House committee on Monday rejected a bill that would have allowed state and local governments to sign contracts with private partners to help launch public projects.
The Labor and Economic Development Committee stopped the bill on a 7-4 vote. The measure, House Bill 275, was sponsored by Rep. Larry Larrañaga, R-Albuquerque, and Sen. Carlos Cisneros, D-Questa.Ben Shelton of the advocacy group Conservation Voters New Mexico applauded the committee’s decision. “Like in 2015, New Mexicans stood up against attempts to privatize our water and other critical services this session,” he said.
Shelton said the bill may have sounded good, but it would have led to higher costs.