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UNM unveils wish list for legislature

Patrick Hayes
December 11, 2018 05:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of New Mexico Board of Regents discussed their legislative agenda during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

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Part of the plan includes asking lawmakers for an 8 percent, or $15 million, increase for the school’s general fund.

Mathew Muñoz, UNM’s Government Relations Manager, told KOB, “There’s an association called the council of university presidents and we worked with the association and they came up with a number that we all agreed upon.”

As KOB previously reported, the legislators will have about a $1 billion surplus to work with this coming session – something UNM and other state agencies hope to take advantage of.

“You know with the amount of money that’s out there, it’s going to be interesting to watch,” said Muñoz. “Mainly because the legislators yesterday when they released the revenue estimates were really wanting to be cautious with the reoccurring revenue because they are worried that this oil bubble will burst sometime in the future and we’ll be back into cutting everyone’s budget so we’re hoping for 8 percent but we’ll see where we end up.”

On top of an increase for the general fund, regents also want money for several capital outlay projects including technology upgrades for security reasons.

Another big ticket item includes funding for the school’s new ROTC building.

The old Army ROTC building was destroyed during this year’s monsoon. Now, the school wants to build a new complex to house all of the branches.

According to Muñoz, UNM graduates the most Hispanic officers in the country.

“So it’s great for the university and great for New Mexico that we have that distinction,” he said.

Meanwhile, the school’s athletic department will also ask for $4.1 million, $1.5 more than previously expected. However, none of that money would go to restoring the sports programs that were previously cut including men’s soccer.

The first day of the legislative session is Jan. 15.

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