Senate Announces Deal To Save Capital Outlay: Special Session Likely Very Soon
SANTA FE — New Mexico Senate Democrats met in a caucus meeting Thursday evening, after which they released the following statement regarding a Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature:
New Mexicans from across the state have called for a Special Session on capital outlay. The Senate Democrats have heard that call, and are ready to go into Session to pass a capital outlay bill.
The Senate Democrats agreed tonight on a capital outlay proposal put forth by lead caucus negotiator Sen. John Arthur Smith (D-Dona Ana, Hidalgo, Sierra-35). The package restores funding to senior centers, higher education institutions, and tribal communities. The package also contains a compromise on highway funding.
The package was developed as a result of discussions with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and after listening to the needs of local communities, businesses, and tribal groups. It will create approximately 10-15 thousand new jobs over the next three years.
Time is of the essence, and Senate Democrats are ready to begin Session subject to the call.
Bsaed on this statement that a deal for a special session has been made and the looming end of the fiscal year, sources have speculated that a special session will occur within the next ten days.
A special session is neccesary to restore over $260 million in Capital Outlay appropriations that died during the regular session, including over $3.5 million in project funds for the Rio Arriba and Española Valley area. See earlier articles on this subject HERE and HERE.