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


2017 Legislative Session

 

 

New Mexico State University has a team that watches all bills that are introduced and determines the impact that any of the bills might have to the NMSU community.  To see an ongoing list of the bills that NMSU is tracking, click on the link below:

NMSU 2017 Legislative Bill Tracking List

 

 

January 19, 2017 Update

The Senate yesterday finished work on four “solvency bills,” legislation that are aimed to contend with a state budget that is projected to include a $70 million deficit. The Senate bills, SB 111, SB 112, SB 113, and SB 114, were passed and sent to the House. It’s expected they will be considered on the House floor today. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/n-m-lawmakers-move-swiftly-on-solvency-bills/article_b6c0b2e5-28c3-50b0-ad56-261b527f0766.html

Both chambers of the legislature are webcast so you can watch their action live: http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00293/harmony

 

January 18, 2017 Update

The New Mexico state legislature convened yesterday and as is the tradition, Governor Susana Martinez gave a state of the state address shortly after.  The Governor spoke about bipartisanship as the legislature faces the significant challenge of a $69 million projected deficit for the state’s budget.  To read the Governor’s address, click here: http://www.governor.state.nm.us/uploads/PressRelease/191a415014634aa89604e0b4790e4768/Governor_Susana_Martinez_Delivers_State_of_the_State_Address_2.pdf

Las Cruces state Senator Joseph Cervantes delivered the Democrats response, saying the party will offer “concrete solutions” and criticized the Governor’s budget proposal to make state employees contribute more to their pensions, http://nmpoliticalreport.com/145634/dem-response-the-state-of-our-state-is-unacceptable/

Legislators also chose committee chairs and may have committee members selected today. http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/new-speaker-taps-nine-for-their-first-committee-leadership-positions/article_78a3b2f5-0546-5fd5-bc6a-75120ee53852.html

 

 

Executive and Legislative Finance Committee Budget Recommendations

The Governor and the Legislative Finance Committee released their proposed budgets for 2017-2018.

 
              NMSU Impact: Side-by-side Comparison of Executive budget proposal and Legislative Finance
              Committee proposal
              Budget Progression Table FY18

 

 

 

The Governor's budget proposal: •For the remainder of FY 2017, includes an additional 0.5% reduction from the 2016 Special Session reduction of 5% for higher education •Includes an ERB swap, but decreasing the employer contribution by 3.5% and increasing the employee contribution by 3.5% •For FY 2018, a 1% reduction to higher educations institutions, and a .5% cut to special schools

The Governor’s budget proposal
  • Remainder of FY 2017:

*  Additional 0.5% reduction from the 2016 Special Session reduction of 5% for higher education

*  Includes an ERB swap, by decreasing the employer contribution by 3.5% and increasing the employee contribution by 3.5%

FY 2018:

*  1% reduction to higher education institutions, and a .5% cut to special schools

                               *  Continues 3.5% ERB swap

                                                       Click here to for more information on the Governor’s website

 

The Legislative Finance Committee:

 * .6% reduction for higher education

* Does NOT propose modifications to the employees contribution to retirement

* 4% base redistribution and no new money for the Instruction & General (I&G) funding formula

* For Non I&G, a 6.5% reduction for most Research and Public Service Projects (RPSP’s) and

moving several projects into I&G

* Flat budget for the Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension Service, and the New

Mexico Department of Agriculture

                                                       Click here to see the proposal on the LFC website

 

 

 

General Obligation Bond C and NMSU

General Obligation Bond C will be on the 2016 election ballot.  It includes $27.5 million for the NMSU system statewide.  In Las Cruces it would provide $22.5 million for the renovation of D.W. Williams Hall, which houses the NMSU Department of Art and University Gallery.  Bond C will not increase taxes  for information go to: http://gobond.nmsu.edu/higher-ed-nm-bond-c-logo-vote-8_17