NM Legislative Special Session in discussions

By Michelle Duregger — Staff Writer

ENCHANTED CIRCLE — A legislative special session may yet be an option to secure Capital Outlay funds Mayor Cottam stated in Angel Fire’s Council Meeting Tuesday (April 14). Cimarron, Angel Fire, Red River and Eagle Nest and many other communities have all submitted letters to Governor Martinez to call for a special session to help local communities make vital infrastructure improvements.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, both parties are in conversations so that vital seconds at a special session will not be wasted on arguments. “The governor and her staff have been in conversations with representatives and senators from both sides of the aisle, and she continues to work towards a solution. We want to be able to come to a consensus and ensure a better outcome before calling a special session that will cost taxpayers $50,000 a day,” according to an email to the Santa Fe New Mexican from a spokesman for Martinez.

One of the major forces pushing for the special session are the business organizations affected by the lack of outlay funds the Santa Fe New Mexican reported. Terri Cole, president and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce said that the main sectors affected by the loss of capital outlay bill are those directly involved in building: construction contractors, architects and engineers.

According to House Speaker Don Tripp in a conversation with the Santa Fe New Mexican, if a session is to be planned it must take place before the state sells bonds, which is in early June.

The Village of Cimarron has had copies of their letter to the governor available to residents to sign and send out. “I have replenished the pile of letters several times so I think the letters are getting out. Hopefully anyway,” said Village Administrator Mindy Cahill. The Municipal League has also put together a letter to the governor that the local mayors have all signed in hope that it will make a difference.