Office of Government Relations

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 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session

The 2019 session of the New Mexico legislature adjourned on March 16.  The legislature acted upon 3 separate General Appropriations Bills that include:  HB2, HB 548 and SB 536. 

 With all three bills combined the NMSU system recurring appropriations increase by $8.9 million or 4.6% above FY19 (excluding compensation).  The bills also include $3.2 million in non-recurring funds directly appropriated to NMSU.  In addition, the Higher Education budget includes $1.0 million in recurring funds to carry out the provisions of the Higher Education Centers of Excellence of (HB7-Chapter 60, Laws of 2019).  

Instruction and General for the NMSU system increased by 3.5 percent or $5.2 million while the agricultural departments increased by $5.2 million or 3.5 percent and the other Non-I&G program increased by $2.4 million or 27.4 percent.     

The legislative enacted bill includes an average compensation increase of 4% and funding for an employer contribution of 0.25%.  The compensation and ERB components only cover the state funded portion of salaries therefore the University has an unfunded portion that it will need to cover for the non-state salaried employees. 

Below are tables showing the funding amounts in the budget bills.  The first table shows what is in the three bills.  The second table shows results for HB2, and the third table shows changes by percentage.































NMSU Bill Tracking Sheet

NMSU’s Office of Government Relations tracks a number of bills that would have an impact on higher education and NMSU.  To see a list of the bills click on the link below.

NMSU Bill Tracking List


NMSU’s Legislative Initiatives



New Mexico State University undergoes an intensive process to determine legislative priorities for the 2019 legislative session.  These 2019 legislative initiative items were approved by the NMSU Board of Regents in September of 2018.  Click on the image to the left for details.



Final 2018 Legislative Session Report

Click here for a final report of the impact of the 2018 Legislative Session on NMSU.



GOB D: Thank you!

Two General Obligation Bonds directly impacting NMSU were passed in the  2018 General Election.  By supporting these items, voters supported student success and New Mexico economic development! GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND D includes $31.2 million for all NMSU campuses and does NOT raise taxes.

$25 million for the NMSU main Las Cruces campus for the renovation and modernization of three aging College of Agriculture buildings.

$1.7 million for Doña Ana County Community College for infrastructure improvement, including roof repair and replacement.

$1.4 million for NMSU-Alamogordo for replacement of the roof at the Tays Center, and improve infrastructure campuswide

$1.6 million for NMSU-Carlsbad for infrastructure improvements campuswide and renovation of the Learning Assistance Center.

$1.5 million for NMSU-Grants for improvements at Martinez Hall including roof and code compliance improvements.

General Obligation Bond D includes a total of $128 million for Colleges and Universities statewide.

General Obligation Bond B will provide $12 million for libraries statewide and includes $610,000 for all of NMSU’s libraries system-wide.