Legislators optimistic over capital outlay requests

Area legislators are optimistic that capital outlay requests will be spared the fate of Gov. Susana Martinez’ veto pen, with a March 7 deadline to approve or veto pieces of the $137 million bill. Martinez said last week that vetoes were a distinct possibility for the budget and for capital outlay if it was evident […]

Their view: State should consider projects responsibly

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, offers this view on capital outlay projects: Legislators and the governor have joined forces to abandon the haphazard process of funding capital outlay projects a little bit at a time and with minimal thought as to how each project fits into the state’s infrastructure strategic plan. Instead, we are committed […]

Entities name capital outlay requests

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Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico entities sent capital outlay priorities Monday at the request of local legislators. But there’s no indication there will be capital outlay available, or that every entity received that information. “We got word from Santa Fe that if we had any projects, we needed to submit them before 5 p.m. […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s […]

Pool among local projects awaiting capital outlay money

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There was never a good time for the Hull Street Overpass to be closed. But there could have been a better time than right now, ahead of a legislative session where capital outlay may be hard to come by for replacement of the now demolished bridge. “There are always […]

Lobbyist says county road funds in limbo

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County commissioners heard a report Tuesday from local lobbyist Michael Miller on the 2008 Legislative Session during its regular meeting. Miller told commissioners that nearly a half million dollars in road money for Roosevelt County in a capital outlay bill that was vetoed last week by the governor […]

Legislature adjourns

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. The Democratic-controlled Legislature left the governor empty-handed on many of his proposals: universal health care; domestic […]

Legislature approves capital improvement bill

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The Legislature moved toward adjournment Thursday by approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but the threat of a special session loomed large as lawmakers looked homeward. Richardson was empty-handed on his top legislative priority with time running out on the […]

Governor vetoes capital outlay

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing or vetoing the […]

Community officials present capital outlay requests

By Gabriel Monte City, county and other community organization representatives presented state legislators with a $20 million capital outlay wish list Friday at the Legislative Breakfast. About 100 people attended the breakfast held at the Norman & Vi Petty Rock n’ Roll Museum at the Chamber of Commerce building. State Sens. Clint Harden, Gay Kernan […]

Officials propose capital outlay projects

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Not unlike youngsters lining up for a chance to sit on Santa’s knee, local government officials took their turn Monday presenting wish lists to area legislators for capital outlay projects. “We’ve got a good idea of what county and municipality entities need now,” Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said following […]

Lawmakers happy to see capital outlay projects approved

Staff and Wire Reports Gov. Bill Richardson faces a tough obstacle as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president. He managed another tough obstacle earlier this week — pleasing a majority of state legislators — by approving nearly $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as […]

Roosevelt County gets $6.3 million in capital outlay

By William P. Thompson A total of 69 projects in Portales and Roosevelt County will receive a portion of $6.3 million in capital outlay funding from the state Legislature in 2006. The Legislature had approved $6.7 million in funding prior to Gov. Bill Richardson’s vetoes. Richardson vetoed just four line items of requested funding from […]

ENMU gets $5.1 million in funding from state

By William P. Thompson Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed about $1.3 million in state Legislature-approved capital outlay money for Eastern New Mexico University, but ENMU President Steven Gamble said he is happy with the $5.1 million the university will receive. “We’re fine. We’re in good shape,” Gamble said. “We understand the governor has to veto some […]

Roosevelt County, ENMU request $5 million in capital outlay funds

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County and Eastern New Mexico University representatives have each requested more than $5 million in capital outlay funds from the 2006 New Mexico Legislative Session. The session begins on Jan. 17 and one of the focuses of Gov. Bill Richardson, senators and representatives is how the money will be […]

Richardson pledges capital outlay for Cannon

Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Cannon Air Force Base is poised to double in size, as Gov. Bill Richardson has pledged millions in his capital outlay plan for expansion and infrastructure improvements at the recently jeopardized military installation. Richardson announced Wednesday a pledge of $5 million in capital outlay funds to purchase land adjacent to […]

County, city leaders finalizing money requests for 2006

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Street, road repairs and building improvements top the wish lists for city and county representatives for the upcoming 2006 New Mexico legislative session Jan. 17. The Roosevelt County commissioners have settled on six capital outlay requests. Roosevelt County has seen rainy conditions this year which has required county road crews […]

Sheriff’s department adds deputy

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County Sheriff Department Sergeant Rick Short announced during Tuesday’s county commission meeting that the department will be adding another deputy, leaving only one vacancy. Sheriff Tom Gossett has previously said that a fully-staffed sheriff’s department would have 10 deputies, Gossett and Short. Short said there have been times in which the […]

Legislature vicious in final few hours

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was viscous. Lawmakers thrashed through hundreds of bills over the last 60 days, but some of the most recognizable issues —including a bed tax credit and capital outlay requests — weren’t resolved […]

Q&A: Keith Gardner

Keith Gardner is halfway done with what he calls an “eye-opening” experience. Gardner, a freshman member of the state House of Representatives, represents District 66, which includes Roosevelt, Chavez, Eddy and Lea Counties. He’s proud that the House hasn’t raised taxes yet, realizes that every issue has two sides and wants the legislative branch to […]