In 1974, Allan Kneese invited us to propose some research on state legislatures as part of Resources for the Future's larger project examining the Southwest region under stress. In a brainstorming session with one of our colleagues at the University of Arizona, John E. Schwartz, we settled upon the question of representation and the extent to which legislators are responsive to voters' attitudes. Riley Dunlap initiated us into the art of the mail survey, and with initial financial assistance from Resources for the Future and The Rocky Mountain Policy Center, we began our study of Arizona and New Mexico voters and legislators. At this stage, and until much later, the help of another Arizona professor, Jerrold G. Rusk was invaluable in the development of the survey instrument and method of analysis. The enormous task of designing, printing, mailing, and accounting for the thousands of questionnaires involved in the survey was largely the work of John Dettloff, Linda Garcia, and Andrew Federhar. Chris Garcia at the University of New Mexico supervised interviews of senators in Santa Fe.
Elated with making a complex research enterprise operational in two states, we expanded to four. Henry Caulfield at Colorado State University and H. Berry Crawford at Utah State agreed to coordinate interviews with legislators in their respective states. Most of the funding at this stage came from the Office of Water Resources Research and Technology through