Albuquerque, NM — The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) today expressed its disappointment with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office over the unexpected delay in finalizing a previously announced settlement agreement.

Despite receiving verbal confirmation of a settlement, and a statement from Linda Bachman, Director of Legislative and Executive Affairs for the Secretary of State’s office, mentioning that both “parties are working to memorialize the agreement in writing,” the finalization of this agreement is yet to be seen.

“We’d like to put this behind us and move forward, but the Secretary of State’s Office refuses to cooperate,” said Patrick M. Brenner, President of the Southwest Public Policy Institute. “It’s essential for both parties to act in good faith to uphold the principles of transparency and trust, especially in matters of public interest.”

The Institute is hopeful that this delay is temporary and that the Secretary of State’s office will prioritize the speedy conclusion of this matter, allowing both parties to move ahead constructively.

SPPI remains committed to its mission of ensuring transparency, educating the public, and advocating for free-market policies in the American Southwest. It trusts that this commitment will be matched by an equivalent dedication to resolving issues efficiently and in good faith by all relevant stakeholders.

For more information about this settlement, or to schedule an interview, please contact Liam Gray at 804-217-2917 or

About the Southwest Public Policy Institute

The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a leading research institute and think tank dedicated to uplifting the quality of life in the American Southwest by formulating, promoting, and defending sound public policies grounded in timeless American principles. SPPI’s mission is simple: to deliver better living through better policy.

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