Here And There with Dave Marash (general)

New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez offered no suggestions during the State Legislature’s 60 day session earlier this year, but now she’s demanding a Special Session enact a full-scale overhaul of the budget-making process.  Milan Simonich on the Santa Fe New Mexican warns that’s an awfully big job for such a short session.  4 years ago, a rushed passage of a cut in corporate taxes, based on inaccurate estimates, enacted what has proved to be an economic disaster for the state. 

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Pictures of Western Washington Mental Hospital show an old-fashioned factory-sized institution, right out of the movie melodrama, The Snake Pit.  Seattle-based Associated Press investigative reporter Martha Bellisle says years of problems at the state’s largest mental hospital suggest the resemblance is more than skin-deep.  Dangerous inmates have escaped; needy inmates have been neglected; and relations between hospital management and staff, especially staff who work everyday with patients, could hardly be worse.

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It’s on everybody’s list of archeological marvels, the several Native American buildings in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico.  The amazing capitol of Chaco Puebloan culture has some protection from invasion by the oil and gas industry, but Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank Clifford worries the protection could be too small-scale and too short-term to ward off the oncoming frackers.  The Bureau of Land Management predicts up to 4000 wells will be drilled as close as 10 miles from the UN World Heritage Site, Pueblo Bonito. 

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Last summer a flying squad of agents and informants working for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) went to work in Albuquerque.  What they found, whom they arrested see, to have been pre-determined, and not necessarily in a good way.  Reporter Jeff Proctor of nmindepth,com has investigated, and says, the mission’s alleged goal, busting “the worst of the worst,” does not seem to have been fulfilled.  

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For more than 20 years Carol Weston has been “Dear Carol” the advice columnist of Girls Life magazine.  She is also a best-selling author of books aimed at that same audience of teenaged girls.  Her latest is called Speed of Life.  You could say of the lives and concerns of American girls, the more things change, the more they stay the same.  Boys and how to relate to them; body image and how to get comfortable and confident with it; parents and co-existence. 

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For undocumented immigrants to the United States, the rules are changing.  And Caitlin Dickerson of the NY Times reports this can mean quicker arrest, and worse living conditions while in detention.  Right now, some of these changes are still just proposals, but the Trump White House says it’s going to make life harder for undocumented migrants from Mexico, Central America and Haiti.  The Trump plan calls for more agents for the Immigration Service and Border Patrol, more use of local lock-ups as detention facilities and denial of almost all legal, civil and human rights for the immigrants.  

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You get what you pay for, which makes the NM State Legislature a bargain, since it’s members get no salaries at all, just small per diems for the days they’re in Session.  This means for many NM law-makers, the free meals and gifts they get from lobbyists can make a difference in their lives, and for some lobbyists it can mean they get what they pay for.  Sandra Fish of nmindepth.com uses big data to sort out winners and losers, although, she admits, NM could really improve the transparency of its governance.

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Whether or not the House-passed repeal, replace and ruin of Obamacare bill ever gets through the Senate, American health care will remain the world’s most expensive, and nowhere near the world’s best.  Journalist Elisabeth Rosenthal, herself an experienced physician, has written a new best-selling book, An American Sickness, which not only details the many failings of our healthcare system, but has lots of suggestions on how you can get your best value from it.

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Manufacturing pharmaceuticals has long been a highly profitable business.  But there were risks involved, high costs for research and development for drugs that might never work, or find a market.  But now, we have vulture pharma manufacturers, who buy old companies, dump all the expensive R&D and jack prices sky-high.  Investigative reporter Roddy Boyd on the rise and fall of Valeant the king of the vultures.  Wall Street loved this predatory model, and now some of the fattest hedge fund hogs are out billions of dollars.

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Opiate addiction is a major American problem, and the biggest drug pushers are the so-called legitimate manufacturers of opioid medicines.  So how come they are far less punished for putting millions of doses onto the streets than some schlub who sells 5 pills? Lenny Bernstein and Scott Higham won a George Polk Award for their series of investigative reports. Thet bring us up today on the fumbling Federal attempts to reign-in the billion-dollar opioid maker Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. 

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