Accountability. Transparency. Integrity.

Wayne Johnson entered public service to hold public servants accountable and to build an open, transparent government. He began his work at Bernalillo County where he passed the state's strongest transparency law. In December 2017, Governor Martinez appointed him to the vacant State Auditor's position. It's a perfect fit for Auditor Johnson who has dedicated the office to revealing how tax dollars are being used and to making sure that all public bodies in New Mexico abide by their policies and the law.

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When Does $8 million = $30 million?

How do you fill an $8 million budget deficit? If you’re Bernalillo County the answer is simple – impose $30 million in new taxes! On March 28th, the Bernalillo County Commission will take final action on its latest tax increase, an increase that will impose an additional 3/16ths of a cent tax on every purchase…

Questioning the Ballot Questions

Today, the Bernalillo County Commission will take up a question of grave importance. In a “special meeting,” the commission will make a decision regarding whether to include two city questions on the General Election ballot in November. One nearly doubles the amount of your tax dollars going to mayoral candidates who choose to go the…


A failure to plan is a plan to fail. From small family businesses to large corporations, leaders realize that you have to know where you’re going and have an idea how to get there. Rarely is that path is set in stone as shorter or better paths may present themselves. But you do have to…

Poor Decisions

There’s a television commercial that features four scared and pursued teenagers who choose to hide behind a curtain wall of chain saws instead of heading for the running getaway vehicle. While the teens take refuge behind the chainsaws and the creepy “killer” looks on, the announcer says “if you’re in a horror movie, you make…

New County Buildings and Specialty Taxes

Shocked. Stunned. Surprised. Alarmed. Those were my reactions to the news that Bernalillo County is even considering a plan to purchase a new building for the purpose of “efficiency” and “consolidation.” As you may have heard, the county is just coming out of what can only be characterized as a financial crisis. A crisis precipitated…


Sep 20, 2018 @ 19:17
“The past scrutiny of Questa’s finances and its connections to the law firm where Colón works raised the question of whether he could — if elected — be an impartial watchdog over the village’s government.”
Sep 18, 2018 @ 12:23
New Mexico’s Chief Transparency Officer, Auditor Wayne Johnson, shines a light on bad government
#WJAuditor2018 #AlreadyDoingTheJob #NMPol

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