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New Mexico

State Recovery Act Website: http://www.recovery.state.nm.us/

New Mexico's state Recovery Act website scored 30 out of 100 possible points (ranking a tied 19th) on Good Jobs First's 51-state study of state stimulus websites entitled Show Us the Stimulus. The state earned points for its disclosure of broad program allocations by county. Contractor information: none.

New Mexico scored fewer points-25 out of 100 (ranking a tied 38th)-on its disclosure of information specifically about highway projects funded by the Recovery Act.  The state's Department of Transportation website describes projects and their costs on a spreadsheet. Contractor information: none.

For detailed scoring information, see the New Mexico appendix of Show Us the Stimulus.

Coordination & Oversight

The state legislature is responsible for deciding how stimulus funds are spent. The governor has proposed calling a special session to deal with budget issues as a result of stimulus money.

Toney Anaya, a former governor and attorney general, has been named "stimulus czar" for the state. He will be paid $35,000 for a contract through June 30.

Other members of the Office of Recovery and Reinvestment are:

  • Dona Cook, Deputy Secretary of the NM Taxation and Revenue Department
  • Bill Dunbar, Deputy Secretary for NM Children, Youth, and Families Department
  • Dannette Burch, Deputy Secretary for Budget and Policy in the NM Department of Finance and Administration
  • Neil Meoni, Director of Project Oversight and Compliance Division from the NM Department of Information Technologies
  • Daryl Schwebach, Deputy Secretary for Finance and Administration in the NM Human Services Department
  • Debra Griego, Division Director of the Department of Finance and Administration; and
  • Dr. Thomas Bowles, Science Advisor to the Office of the Governor.

Policy Debates

Most stimulus press coverage in the state seems to stem from announcements from the governor's office about the approval of specific highway improvement projects. Those funds are threatened by the fact that, for three years, NMDOT has failed to file required reports to the Federal Highway Administration. The agency is threatened with a total cutoff of all of its federal funding as of this summer unless it fixes its reporting system. This has the potential to jeopardize transportation funding from the stimulus and accountability.

Gov. Richardson has held a series of meetings about ARRA with local leaders around the state.

In May there were reports that the state, given budget constraints, planned to cut cash benefits received by low-income disabled persons in the general assistance program by about one-third. After meeting with advocacy groups, the governor announced that he would use $2 million in federal stimulus funds to restore the benefits.

Last updated on: 15 October, 2009

Quick Facts

Population:
1,984,356

Median Household Income:
$41,452

Unemployment Rate:
7.5%

Poverty Rate:
18.1%

Estimated Recovery Act Funding:
$1.6 billion

Watchdog Groups

New Mexico Voices for Children

New Mexico Fiscal Policy Project

NMPIRG (New Mexico Public Interest Research Group)

Common Cause New Mexico

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