Legislators to hear requests from city, county officials

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer

Legislators may be hearing a few requests for the upcoming session. But there’s little hope they’ll be able to grant them.

A rough financial forecast has legislators pessimistic capital outlay will be available for needs city and county organizations will have during Friday’s Clovis/Curry County Legislative Breakfast.

The event, set for 7 a.m. at Wells Fargo Bank, is a two-fold operation. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos handles the scheduling and the publicity, and Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, handles getting as many legislators as possible.

Crook said there are going to be at least three to four legislators — herself and fellow Republican Senators Stuart Ingle of Portales and Clint Harden of Clovis.

If the weather cooperates, Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, plans to attend. Crook said she’s working to see if Rep. Joe Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Tucumcari, can attend.

Parties expected to make requests include Clovis, Curry County, the Chamber of Commerce and Clovis Community College.

“The basic purpose of the breakfast is a comprehensive community presentation of the capital outlay priorities of the whole community,” Kos said. “The requests are all in and there are a lot of requests. Everybody does understand the financial situation, but everybody is submitting their wish list (anyway).”

Crook is warning entities not to be optimistic.

“There is no money,” Crook said. “Unless the lottery hits or oil starts flowing, we don’t anticipate any capital outlay. I just have to be straightforward.”

Kos said Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons will attend, and part of the breakfast will be dedicated to the upcoming Tres Amigas electricity project.