Area legislators optimistic on capital outlay requests

Kevin Wilson 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 […]

Area entities asked for capital outlay priorities

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File photo Curry County administration submitted capital outlay requests for Curry County roads, the Curry County Adult Detention Center and the Curry County Courthouse. Kevin Wilson and Argen Duncan 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 […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

CNJ staff 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 desk […]

Overpass, events center among projects on wait list for capital outlay money

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CNJ file photo Curry County officials are hoping to get money for finishing touches to the special events center. County Manager Lance Pyle has asked for $7 million between five priorities, including $1.5 million for the special events center. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There was never a good time for the Hull Street […]

Clovis schools to get $2 million for renovations

Clovis Municipal School District will get $2 million in state funds for the design costs of renovating Marshall Junior High and James Bickley, Lockwood and Bella Vista elementary schools, Senator Ingle, along with Representatives Campos and Crook announced today. The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to award the funds to the school district after […]

District to receive renovation monies

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal School District will get $2 million in state funds for the design costs of renovating Marshall Junior High and James Bickley, Lockwood and Bella Vista elementary schools, according to a release from area legislators. The Public School Capital Outlay Council voted to award the funds to the school district after finding […]

Legislature adjourns — for now

Staff and wire reports The Legislature adjourned Thursday after approving a $348 million capital improvement package to replace one vetoed by Gov. Bill Richardson, but a special session loomed large as lawmakers headed home. Capital outlay projects include $3.1 million for Curry County. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson blasted lawmakers for what he described as “the […]

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

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — 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 […]

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 […]

Capital outlay pleases lawmakers

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 $700 million in capital outlay projects. “I have signed this capital outlay package without any vetoes as a […]

Roads county priority

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Curry County Commissioners approved a five-year plan to acquire capital outlay funds during their Wednesday meeting. In presenting the plan, Curry County Manager Dick Smith said the county is required to submit it to the state legislature based on input from a committee of department heads, elected officials and […]

ENMU gets $5.4 million from state

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers 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 $5.4 million the university will receive. “We’re fine. We’re in good shape,” Gamble said. “We understand the governor has to […]

Capital outlay give and take process

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Construction crews with LCI 2 Inc. dig the new lagoon Tuesday at the city’s wastewater treatment plant in Clovis. The state Legislature allocated $1.4 million in capital outlay funds for the project. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Year after year, local officials approach state legislators with palms outstretched, in aspiration […]

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

Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers 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 divided […]

Governor pledges millions for base

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Governor coming to Clovis

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Gov. Bill Richardson will be traveling through eastern New Mexico today and Thursday, updating local communities on the recent legislative session and highlighting capital outlay projects. He will also attended a fund-raiser luncheon Thursday at the Chaparral Country Club, which will give area residents the opportunity to thank the […]

Legislative session ends

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The battleground was the floor of the New Mexico Legislature, and according to one area representative, the battle was vicious. 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 — […]

Capital outlay bill positive for area

By David Arkin While funds were not approved for a major street project and a bill fell through that would have provided money for transporting parole violators, Clovis-area officials still believe the 30-day Legislative session that ended Thursday was a good one. “I think we came out looking very good,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. […]

Legislature approves $5.8 million for Clovis, Curry County

By David Arkin Clovis officials didn’t get everything that was on their Legislative wish list. But they are still pleased with almost $6 million in capital outlay money that was approved for the city and county by both the House and Senate on Thursday, which was the last day of the session. The bill now […]