Richardson signs capital outlay bill

By Freedom Newspapers

SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson signed into law on Thursday a bill providing $82 million for capital improvement projects, including some he vetoed last year.
Included in that bill is more than $2 million in projects in the Curry, Roosevelt and De Baca county area.

Among those items are:
• $220,000 for parking lot improvements at Greyhound Arena at Eastern New Mexico University;
• $700,000 for intersection work at Prince and 21st streets in Clovis;
• $300,000 for Curry County roads;
• $1 million for the Ute Pipeline project;
• $200,000 in street funds and $275,000 to install gas lines in Fort Sumner;

Other entities receiving funds are Clovis Community College, the city of Portales and the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center in Clovis.

The measure allocates $27 million for projects earmarked by the Senate, $26 million for items designated by House members and almost $29 million for projects sought by the governor.

The governor upset legislators last year by vetoing almost $128 million in financing for more than 800 capital improvement projects. He said the cuts were needed to maintain adequate state reserves and he cut projects in every legislative districts. However, Republicans contended that the vetoes disproportionately targeted their projects.