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 2020 Legislative Session

Legislative Update, February 20

The 2020 legislature adjourned at noon today. It took final action on HB 2, the $7.6 billion state budget bill, sometime after midnight.  The budget bill includes a 3.2% increase for the NMSU system above the FY20 level.  For I&G, there is an increase of 2.1 percent, or $3.3 million.  It also includes a 4 percent average salary increase in compensation.  For non I&G-related programs, there is an increase of $3.4 million, or 6.6% above the FY20 level.

The Governor has until March 11 to sign legislation.































Senate Bill 207, one of the capital outlay bills, includes $30.4 million for the NMSU system.  The projects will be on the November election ballot for voter approval.


House Bill 349 includes $8.6 million for projects in the NMSU system.


2020 NMSU Bill Tracking Sheet

Every year the government relations team keep a tracking list of bill that may impact NMSU and higher education:


NMSU’s 2020 Legislative Priorities

New Mexico State University undergoes a long and intensive process to determine what legislative priorities it will put forth during the session. Below is the legislative items that NMSU will seek at the upcoming session of the New Mexico legislature.

2020 Legislative Priorities Book

In preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session, the Office of Government Relations prepared a Legislative Priorities Book with more details. Click on the link below for this year’s book (some of the image quality has been decreased in order to reduce the size of the document).


LFC Budget Recommendations

Every year the Legislative Finance Committee Makes recommendations:

Volume 1: Policy and Performance Analysis

Volume 2: Appropriation Recommendations

Volume 3: Supplemental Charts and Graphs

Economists Release New Revenue Figures

On December 9, legislative and executive economists released new general fund revenue figures in a hearing before the Legislative Finance Committee.  The report says the state will have an estimated $797 million in “new” money in FY21, over FY20.  However this is down from an estimate for August.   To read a copy of the report, click on the link below:

General Fund December Estimates