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


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.






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


Executive and Legislative Finance Committee Budget Recommendations

The Governor’s office released its Executive Budget Recommendation, which recommends a general fund recurring budget of $7.1 billion, a 13% increase general reserve fund increase.

The Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) also released its recommendation.  It proposes an increase of $21 million in recurring funds for all higher education, an increase of 2.6 percent.

The Legislative Finance Committee released its budget recommendation on January 14, 2019 and it

includes a total of $824.5 million in recurring funding for FY20, an increase of 2.6 percent from the FY19

funding level. Detail regarding the NMSU System budget is located on the table below and compares

the executive recommendation and the Legislative Finance Committee recommendation.

They also recommend several non‐recurring items: $50 million for the college affordability endowment

fund, $25 million for the higher education endowment fund, and $25 million for the teacher loan

repayment program.

They recommend 4 percent compensation increase for all state and higher education employees and

includes $27.2 million from the general fund for 1 percent employer increase. An introduced bill

proposed to increase the employer contribution from 13.9% to 14.9%. The funding is contingent upon

legislation balancing increased revenues with controlling expenditures.

The LFC is recommending a total of $26,155,000 in capital outlay and can be found on the attached































The full LFC recommendation is available to review here.

The Governor’s full budget is linked and available for review here.

December 10 Revenue Estimates

The Legislative Finance Committee on December 10 released the most recent Consensus Revenue Estimate.  Below is the webllink for the LFC hearing Brief that provides more detail.

Consensus Revenue Estimate – August 2018


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.