The NMSU Office of Government Relations represents New Mexico State University’s interests and priorities with the state legislature, federal government, and government agencies.

Federal Initiatives

Tax Reform and its Impact to Higher Education

Congress continues to work on tax reform legislation.  The House of Representatives passed their version of the bill and the Senate is currently considering its own bill.  H.R.1, The Tax Cut and Jobs Act will have impact on the higher education community. See more information below and watch our Facebook page for more updates.


Click here for a matrix showing higher education items that are in  House bill and the Senate proposal.

Click here to see H.R.1, The Tax Cut and Jobs Act.



Higher Education Act Reauthorization

The House Committee on Education and Workforce on December 1 introduced the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success and Prosperity through Education Reform” (PROSPER).

Click here for a copy of the summary released by the committee.

The Road to the 2018 NM Legislative Session

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.








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.

Consensus Revenue Brief

December 4 General Fund Consensus Presentation


The 2018 legislative Session will begin on January 16 at noon

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


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”

Click here to read the report



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.