New Mexico lawmakers consider infrastructure spending


SANTA FE (AP) – New Mexico lawmakers are wading through some $1.8 billion in funding requests for infrastructure projects submitted by state and local agencies for next year.

The state’s Legislative Finance Committee meets Friday in Santa Fe to weigh capital spending priorities.

Government watchdogs want the state to reconsider the way it selects and pays for public works projects. A recent review by legislative analysts identified more than $1 billion in funds that went unspent for projects approved over the last several years.

Funding will be made available to only a small fraction of the new request for improvements to prison facilities, foster care housing, medical centers, roads and bridges. Appropriations for the current year were $294 million. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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