This battle was fought years ago and settled when a pump jack was removed from the site, but like Vladimir Putin, Dunn is trying to revisit the glory days of a great dynasty. In this case the oil and gas industry that had virtually owned the Land Office since New Mexico became a state in 1912. Supposedly it is a tribute to oil and gas revenues to the land office. They are formidable, but the oil boys forget to tell you that the oil was on state land in the first place, it wasn't theirs and these revenues were not taxes but payment for a product from state trust lands. The money went into the State Permanent Fund for Education, which the oil boys used as a hedge against paying fair taxes like they would have to do in other states.
The oil boys have their mojo back in the guise of this Commissioner who represents the past .