SANTA FE — A union’s efforts to hinder taxpayer access to the salaries of New Mexico state employees may have won over a state court judge, but New Mexico Watchdog recreated the very website Gov. Susana Martinez was ordered to remove from the Internet.
Martinez angered the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees by publishing the names and salaries of all state employees on the state’s Sunshine Portal.
The union convinced a state court judge that only the names of relatively few political employees could be published. They wanted the identities of nearly 25,000 state workers scrubbed from the site. Martinez complied, but New Mexico Watchdog was still free to act.
By cloning the state’s Sunshine Portal, New Mexico Watchdog has maintained the public’s access to the state’s payroll, which is available at nmtransparency.org.