Capital outlay projects often controversial (LC Sun)

Capital outlay projects often controversial

By Sandra Fish

New Mexico In Depth

Posted:   03/21/2015 06:53:10 PM MDT

Editor’s Note: New Mexico’s 2015 legislative session ended with lawmakers failing to compromise on a bill to fund capital projects. Yet earlier in the session, a bipartisan group of senators rejected a measure that attempted to take politics out of the process. Before the session began, New Mexico In Depth offered an examination about New Mexico’s system and how different it is from those in other states for its legislative guide. Here is that story. click here for a video and here for a searchable database of the 2014 capital projects funded by the Legislature.


New blinds for an Albuquerque library. Renovations to the dam that supplies water to Las Vegas. Vehicles for a Farmington senior center. A movie backlot in Las Cruces.

Those are just a few of the more than 1,100 projects that made the cut when New Mexico lawmakers pared a $4 billion wishlist to more than $398 million in capital outlay spending in 2014.

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