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Tony Ortiz

Tony Ortiz

Tony worked as a public servant in New Mexico for nearly 30 years. His career included 14 years as an attorney and bill drafter with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service. In his second act, Tony worked for the New Mexico Sentencing Commission at the University of New Mexico. During his tenure at the commission, Tony led and participated in quantitative and qualitative research projects that led to the development of policy recommendations for the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government. Following his retirement, Tony began working with New Mexico Ethics Watch in May 2018.

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 […]