There’s an old proverb, “No cuentes los pollos antes de nacer” — one shouldn’t count their chickens before they’re hatched. Meaning that it’s foolish to assume that every egg laid is going to result in a healthy chicken that you can sell at market.

It’s a cautionary adage that the state Legislature would be wise to follow.

New Mexico lawmakers are now gathered for the annual creation of the state’s budget. They have an estimated $330 million more in state funds than they did last year. The federal tax package that recently passed also might bring more new money into the state’s coffers.

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