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N.M. energy hearing disrupted over dispute about witness (>b>Listen again)
(2011-02-03)
As heard on At Noon
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A UNM professor says New Mexico's tax breaks and other loopholes for oil and gas are not producing the revenues that lawmakers thought they would. Prof. Kim Sorvig told the House energy committee this week that royalties from oil and gas revenues have declined over the past six years while at the same time the amounts that drillers can deduct from their obligations to the state have more than doubled. The testimony came as Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf of Santa Fe held a hearing to find out if state incentives are producing revenues and if the state's environmental rules are driving the drilling business to other states.

During a period of questioning of the professor, Republican Rep. Don Bratton interrupted to ask about the presenter's qualifications. After he was ruled out of order by the committee chair, Bratton and five other Republican members of the committee left abruptly.

Egolf says he had given the other members opportunity to bring their own witnesses to the hearing but none had.



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