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Democratic New Mexico speaker visits state's oil country

Democratic New Mexico speaker visits state's oil country

The Associated Press
Created: January 14, 2020 06:33 AM

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Democratic New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf visited on Friday the heart of the state’s oil and gas region in advance of the legislative session.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports House Speaker Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, stopped in Hobbs, New Mexico, as part of his Jobs Listening Tour in advance of the Jan. 21 opening of the 2020 session.

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Airports, roads, housing, education, broadband access and the oil and gas industry topped issues discussed.

Rep. Cathrynn Brown, R-Carlsbad, alerted Egolf to a bill she is introducing to create a $60 million urgent needs fund for roads. The region is in dire need of new roads amid the high traffic from the oil boom.

Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobb, said the region also needed better broadband internet service, especially in southern Lea County.


(Copyright 2020 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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