The NMSU Office of Government Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.
The 2018 NM Legislative Session
Monday, January 22
The second week of the 2018 legislature continues, and this week will be an eventful one for higher education. Both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations and Finance Committee have higher education on their agendas this week:
House Appropriation and Finance Committee, Tuesday, January 23, 1:30pm
Senate Finance Committee, Thursday, January 25, 1:30pm
Both hearings should be webcast on the New Mexico legislative website: https://www.nmlegis.gov/.
The Office of Government Relations continues to track legislation that would have impact on higher education. Some of the bills include: HB 131, General Appropriation Act; HB 55, Fire Fighter Survivor Scholarship Benefits; SJR 1, Nominating Process for Boards of Regents; and SJR 8, Higher Ed Boards of Regents Changes. Bills that OGR is tracking can be found on the ever-growing list:
Last week, Chancellor Carruthers and ASNMSU students met with legislators to discuss NMSU and ASNMSU priorities. Priorities include a 2% increase in new money and a 4% redistribution in the higher education funding formula. NMSU is also seeking flat funding for Research and Public Service Projects, plus one new project, and also construction funding included in General Obligation Bond projects. Details of NMSU priorities can be found below.
Other important dates:
January 31 Deadline for introduction
February 15 Session ends at noon
March 7 Legislation not acted upon by Governor is pocket-vetoed
May 16 Effective date of legislation not a general appropriation bill or a bill carrying an emergency clause or other specific date
NMSU Legislative Priorities
NMSU undergoes a long process to determine its priority initiatives for the legislative session. Click on the images below to read about NMSU’s legislative initiatives for the 2018 Legislative Session.
Executive and Legislative Finance Committee Recommendations
The Executive (The Governor’s Office and state administration) and the Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) on January 5 released their final recommendations as legislators head into the 2018 legislative session. Below is a preliminary summary of the FY19 budget recommendations.
I&G Funding Formula
- Executive adopts the Higher Education Department (HED) recommendation of 0% new money and 6.5% redistribution
- LFC recommends 0% new money and 4% redistribution
- Without specific details, it is appears that the Executive recommends flat funding for RPSP’s, and recommending $1.0 for the Office of the Medical Investigator
- Executive – ?
- LFC includes $1.5% compensation
- LFC recommends a $4.0 million nonrecurring appropriation for FY19 for the lottery scholarship
General Obligation Bond
To read the reports, click on the links below:
Revenue Estimates, December 4, 2017
On December 4, the LFC received information on the December Revenue Estimate. The new revenue estimate indicated $199 million in new money of $199 million for FY19, an increase of $174 million from the August revenue estimate. Staff indicated that they are cautiously optimistic about the December revenue estimate.
The revenue estimate also indicated that we will finish FY18 with approximately 9% in general fund reserves. LFC staff indicated that Moody’s analytics recommends that New Mexico needs at least 10% or greater in reserves. Clink on the links below for details.
Legislative Finance Committee Report on Higher Education Costs
On Tuesday, October 24, the Legislative Finance Committee released a report titled, “Program Evaluation: Higher Education Cost Drivers and Cost Savings”
Final 2017 Post-Legislative Session Update
Read our comprehensive report and find out about everything higher education-related that happened at the 2017 legislative session. Click below for the report.