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 […]