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Steve Terrell, NM Ethics Watch

Steve Terrell, NM Ethics Watch

Steve is a retired journalist who wrote for New Mexico newspapers for nearly 40 years, including 32 years at the Santa Fe New Mexican. At that paper he covered various beats, including more than 15 years at the New Mexico's Capitol Bureau. During his lengthy career, Steve won several awards, including Common Cause New Mexico’s Best in Media award in 2017 and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government’s Dixon Journalism Award in 2016. He retired in late 2019. Steve has worked with New Mexico Ethics Watch since the autumn of 2020.

COMMENTARY

Backdoor lobbying needs to be disclosed

By: and - April 15, 2022

We were happy when the state Legislature passed a measure setting a 36% interest rate cap on small loans in this state, and when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham subsequently signed the bill.   Our organization, New Mexico Ethics Watch, published a report shortly before the legislative session began, showing how storefront lenders —  allowed to charge […]

COMMENTARY

The governor and the Legislature should not ignore high-interest loans

By: and - January 28, 2022

In the first week of the 2022 Legislature, lawmakers introduced several bills that would lower New Mexico’s unconscionable 175% interest rate cap on small loans to 36%. But the Legislature won’t even be able to discuss such measures in the current 30-day session without an official “message” from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. However, at least […]