NMLA Legislative Bulletin #3, 2018

| January 7, 2018 | 0 Comments


There are several legislative priorities that the NMLA Legislation Committee is working on.

We are giving our highest priority to the placement of a General Obligation Bond Issue for libraries on the November 2018 statewide election ballot. The G.O. Bond bill will originate in the Senate and likely be introduced by Senator Carlos Cisneros of Taos County.  Once again, as in the last eight elections, this funding makes a difference to all New Mexico libraries, large and small. 

The Legislative Finance Committe has recommended $9.5 million for the Library G.O. Bond, a reduction of $500,000 from the 2016 amount. There would be $3 million each for public, academic and public school libraries, and $500,000 for tribal libraries. Details from their budget recommendation are posted below. Librarians and library supporters should contact their local legislators about the need for a higher level of bond funding. This is particularly important in the context of the Libraries Transform initiatives on funding and broadband.

The executive budget request was issued on Friday, and there is a non-recurring appropriation for e-rate support from the State Library. 

Click below to continue reading the announcement.

Governor’s Executive Budget Recommendation – Great News for Libraries

Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced her executive budget recommendation for fiscal year 2019, and included in it is a $75,000 special appropriation for the Department of Cultural Affairs, to provide E-Rate service and support to public libraries statewide. This is exciting news and a major step towards getting libraries increased broadband/high-speed Internet.

 But there is still work to be done. The executive budget recommendation needs legislators to support it, and this special appropriation request is not included in the Legislative Finance Committee recommendation. At this time it is critical to get the support of legislators. Now is the time to reach out to your state representatives and state senators, and let them know the impact these funds will have on growing the economy and communities throughout the state.

 Also included in the budget request is $2.1 million budget increase for the Department of Cultural Affairs. We ask for your support on this as well, as it will bring much needed resources to all the divisions of DCA.


What wonderful news for the new year!

Please let me know if you have any questions–
Thank you,
Ryanne Cooper
Assistant State Librarian, Library Development Services
New Mexico State Library
505-476-9742 (office) // 505-231-6083 (cell)


The Legislation Committee urges that you communicate your support for both the Department of Cultural Affairs budget and the special appropriation for e-rate assistance.

After several years of severe cuts, the State Library and other DCA agencies need to fill positions that have been left vacant. Contact information for individual legislators is available at the Legislature’s website: https://www.nmlegis.gov/

The Committee is also working on legislation to implement the Libraries Transform broadband and e-rate initiative, and a memorial to to assess the status of school libraries and librarians in the state.

Joe Sabatini, Co-Chair
Legislation Committee
New Mexico Library Association


Report of the Legislative Finance Committee to the 53rd Legislature, Second Session 
(FY19 budget recommendation)

v.1, p. 5-6

“Capital Outlay and Infrastructure

Capital outlay requests from state and local entities in 2018 totaled nearly $2
billion, far more than the $307.8 million available. As lawmakers seek an
equitable distribution of the limited capital funds among state-owned and local
capital needs, they must be attentive to the $677.5 million for over 2,000 state and
local projects that remains outstanding.

State agencies, higher education institutions, and special and tribal schools
requested nearly $870 million for capital projects; $597 million from severance
tax bond (STB) capacity, $232 million from general obligation bond (GOB)
capacity, and $39.9 million from other state funds. The LFC staff framework
recommendation for state entities addresses the most critical projects impacting
public health and safety, preservation of state facilities, and completion of projects
in progress. The proposed funding for consideration by the full Legislature
includes $79.5 million from STB capacity, $165.4 million from GOB capacity,
and $39.9 million from “other state funds.”

Key projects recommended for GOB funding, which must be approved by
voters, include $49 million for state highways, $10.8 million for senior centers,
$9.5 million for libraries, $7.5 million for the Roosevelt Hall science building
at Eastern New Mexico University, $16 million to complete chemistry building
renovations at the University of New Mexico, and $16 million to modernize
agricultural facilities at New Mexico State University. The framework for STB
funding includes $15 million for infrastructure and security improvements at
correctional facilities statewide, $10 million to replace the state police helicopter,
and $9 million to acquire a building to serve as a child wellness facility in
Bernalillo County.

  1. 56
    “Library Requests. The New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) requested
    $17.5 million on behalf of public, public school, academic, and tribal public
    libraries. Public and tribal libraries will continue to allocate the funding based on
    county populations and library service areas, as required by regulation. All public
    school libraries would receive an equal base allocation and additional funds
    based on enrollment. About two-thirds of funding for New Mexico colleges and
    universities will be distributed based on full-time-equivalent student enrollment
    and the remaining one-third will be used to collaboratively purchase electronic
    resources (academic journals, electronic reference books, electronic books,
    educational films, etc.) for all students regardless of institution or course work,
    particularly in rural areas. The LFC staff framework includes funding for the

LFC Recommendations, v. 3

On page 5 and 6, the analysis is presented to show the basis for recommending an available amount of $165.4 million for the 2018 State General Obligation Bond Issue.

The amounts the LFC recommends for the amounts to be supported by the 2018 G.O. Bond are shown on p. 152-156.

There would be five questions on the 2018 state ballot.

Senior Centers, which requested $10,754,878 for code compliance, meal equipment, vehicles and constructions/additions, would receive $10,754,878. In 2016, senior centers received $15,440,000 from Bond A.

Libraries, which requested $17,500,000 for public, tribal, academic and public school library expenditures, would receive $9,500,000.  Public, academic and public school libraries would receive $3 million each, with tribal libraries receiving $500,000.  In 2016, libraries received $10,167,000 from Bond B.

The Public Education Department would receive $2 million to purchase school busses. The Transportation Department would receive $48 million for road improvement projects.

The Higher Education Department, which requested $213,304,766 for academic, special and tribal school projects, would receive $94,150,000. In 2016, these institutions received $142,356,000 from Bond C.

In 2016, there was also a bond issue D for public safety communications systems for $18,196,000. No funds are requested in 2018.






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