Most vetoed capital projects advocated by Dems

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Democratic lawmakers felt the brunt of  Gov. Susana Martinez’s 42 capital outlay project vetoes, with 27 of those projects sponsored solely by Democrats.

But Martinez did veto some GOP projects, including three Albuquerque projects advocated by House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

A key aspect of the capital outlay appropriation process involves lawmakers recommending local projects on behalf of their constituents. Only a fraction of the projects make it into the bill, when legislators must choose how to allocate their share of the bond money.

The $294 million bill included $84 million for lawmaker projects, divided equally between the House and Senate, then divided equally between the lawmakers in each body. So senators each allocated $1 million of the money, while House members allocated $600,000 each.

New Mexico In Depth compared the vetoed projects to projects requested by lawmakers during the regular legislative session.

Note that it isn’t clear whether legislators actually used their allocations for the projects they initially included in their requests. How lawmakers divvy up the money isn’t revealed in the capital outlay process.

Five of the 42 projects vetoed weren’t proposed by legislators.

Martinez vetoed six projects sponsored solely by Republican lawmakers.

Four vetoed projects featured bipartisan sponsorship, with Gentry involved in three of them.

Two of those projects, both for the Albuquerque 2nd Judicial District Court, had significant bipartisan support.

Fourteen Democrats and 13 Republicans advocated for an evidence presentation system for the court, while 14 Democrats and 14 Republicans sponsored a vetoed allocation for courtroom furniture.

Meanwhile, as Martinez pointed out in her veto letter, she really doesn’t like spending bond money on musical instruments. She struck all 23 references to musical instruments in the bill, but left in references to using the money for “other equipment.”

Pottery, on the other hand, apparently isn’t on the governor’s veto list. She left five references to kilns in the bill.

Here’s a chart of the vetoed projects and their legislative sponsors:

CountyProjectAmountCityHouse SponsorsSenate Sponsors
McKinleyCROWNPOINT CHP WELLNESS CENTER $120,000 Crownpoint ChapterReps. W. Ken Martinez, Doreen Johnson, all DSens. George Munoz, John Pinto, Benny Shendo, all D
McKinleyPINEDALE CHP ADMINISTRATION BLDG $100,000 Pinedale ChapterRep. Doreen Johnson, D
BernalilloATRISCO HERITAGE ACADEMY HIGH SCHL REC IMPROVE $80,000 Albuquerque PSDReps. G. Andres Romero, Patricio Ruiloba, Patricia Roybal Caballero, Miguel Garcia, Georgene Louis, all DSens. Lisa Lopez, Michael Padilla, all D
San JuanNEWCOMB CHP GRADER $75,000 Newcomb ChapterRep. Doreen Johnson, DSen. George Munoz, D
McKinleyMANUELITO CHP ROAD GRADER $60,000 Manuelito ChapterSen. George Munoz, D
Dona AnaHEALTH SCIENCES ACAD MEDICAL ROBOTICS PRGM EQUIP $50,000 Santa TeresaReps. Bealquin Bill Gomez, D; Jeff Steinborn, D; Doreen Gallegos, D; Rick Little, RSen. Joseph Cervantes, Bill O'Neill, Gerald Oritz y Pino, John Pinto, William Soules, all D
CibolaRAMAH CHP SECTION 21 GOVT FACILITIES SITE $50,000 Ramah ChapterRep. Eliseo Lee Alco, DSen. George Munoz, D
CurryWILHITE RD IMPROVEMENTS CLOVIS $50,000 TexicoReps. George Dodge, D; Randal Crowder, R; Dennis Roch, RSens. Stuart Ingle, Pat Woods, all R
SandovalSAN YSIDRO WATER SYSTEM PAY BACK LOAN $45,000 San Ysidro
CibolaRAMAH CHP BATHROOM ADDITIONS $40,000 Ramah ChapterRep. Eliseo Lee Alcon, DSen. George Munoz, D
ColfaxEAGLE NEST GRADER $40,000 Eagle NestRep. Nick Salazar, DSen. Pete Campos, D
MoraMORA CO COMPLEX $40,000
Curry7TH STREET IMPROVEMENTS CLOVIS $40,000 ClovisReps. George Dodge, D; Randal Crowder, R; Dennis Roch, RSens. Stuart Ingle, Pat Woods, all R
Bernalillo2ND JUDICIAL DIST COURT EVIDENCE PRESENTATION SYS $35,000 AlbuquerqueReps. G. Andres Romero, D; Javier Martinez, D; Patricio Ruiloba, D; Patricia Roybal Caballero, D; Sarah Maestas Barnes, R; Antonio "Moe" Maestas, D; Deborah A. Armstrong, D; Gail Chasey, D; Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D; Stephanie Maez, D; James E. Smith, R; Paul A. Pacheco, R; Conrad James, R; Christine Trujillo, D; Larry Larranaga, R; Jimmie C. Hall, R; David E. Adkins, R; Nate Gentry, R; William "Bill" Rehm, RSen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R; Jacob Candelaria, D; Linda Lopez, D; Mark Moores, R; Bill O'Neill, D; Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D; William Payne, R; Lisa Torraco, R
BernalilloALB NATIVE AMERICAN AMBULATORY HEALTH FCLTY DESIGN $30,000 AlbuquerqueReps. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, Sharon Clahchischilliage, Doreen Johnson, all DSens. Cisco McSorley, George Munoz, John Pinto, all D
ChavesCHAVES CO SIERRA VOL FIRE DEPT TANKER APPARATUS $30,000 RoswellReps. Candy Spence Ezzell, Nora Espinoza, Bob Wooley, all RSens. William Burt, Stuart Ingle, Gay Kernan, Cliff Pirtle, all R
LeaJAL PSD NATATORIUM $25,000 Jal PSDRep. David Gallegos, RSens. Stuart Ingle, Carroll Leavell, all R
RooseveltELIDA MSD ACTIVITY BUS $25,000 Elida MSDRep. Bob Wooley, RSen. Stuart Ingle, R
TorranceESTANCIA VALLEY SWA LANDFILL SCRAPER $25,000 Estancia
SandovalZIA PUEBLO TRIBAL COURT BUILDING $25,000 Zia PuebloRep. James Roger Madalena, DSens. John Pinto, Nancy Rodriguez, Benny Shendo, all D
TaosTAOS PUEBLO SOIL COMPACTOR $25,000 Taos PuebloRep. Roberto "Bobby" Gonzales, D
StatewideMFA DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSI $18,000 Sen. Cisco McSorley, D
EddyOTIS MDWC&SWA WATER SYSTEM PHASE 8 $15,000
MoraACEQUIA DEL RITO DE DIEGO IMPROVE MORA CO $15,000 Rep. Nick Salazar, DSen. Pete Campos, D
CibolaACOMA PUEBLO SENIOR CENTER $10,000 Acoma PuebloReps. Patricia Roybal Caballero, Georgene Louis, James Roger Madalena, W. Ken Martinez; all DSen. Clemente Sanchez, D
BernalilloBERN CO METRO COURT SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM $10,000
Bernalillo2ND JUDICIAL DIST COURTROOM FURNITURE $10,000 AlbuquerqueReps. G. Andres Romero, D; Javier Martinez, D; Patricio Ruiloba, D; Patricia Roybal Caballero, D; Sarah Maestas Barnes, R; Antonio "Moe" Maestas, D; Deborah Armstrong, D; Gail Chasey, D; Sheryl Williams Stapleton, D; Stephanie Maez, D; James Smith, R; Paul Pacheco, R; Conrad James, R; Larry Larranaga, R; Jimmie Hall, R; David Adkins, R; Nate Gentry, R; Wiliam "Bill" Rehm, RSen. Sue Wilson Beffort,R; Jacob Candelaria, D; Linda Lopez, D; Mark Moores, R; Bill O'Neill, D; Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D; William Payne, R; John Ryan, R; Mimi Stewart, D; Lisa Torraco, R
BernalilloBERN CO PASEO DEL BOSQUE PED/BIKE BRIDGE $10,000 Sen. Michael Padilla, D
EddyCARLSBAD IRRIGATION DISTRICT DUMP TRUCK $10,000 CarlsbadReps. James Townsend, Cathrynn Brown, all RSens. Ron Griggs, Gay Kernan, Carroll Leavell, Cliff Pirtle, all R
CibolaACOMA PUEBLO SEPTIC PUMPER TRUCK $7,000 Acoma PuebloReps. Patricial Roybal Cabellero, James Roger Madalena, W. Ken Martinez, all DSen. Clemente Sanchez, D
BernalilloALB BICYCLE TOOLS & EQUIP $6,200 AlbuquerqueRep. Miguel Garcia, D
Santa FeEL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL LANDSCAPING $6,000 Santa Fe PSDRep. Matthew McQueen, D
BernalilloBERN CO LOW-INCOME WOMEN CTR INFO TECH UPGRADE $5,800 AlbuquerqueSens. Cisco McSorley, Mimi Stewart, all D
BernalilloCOLLEGE & CAREER HIGH SCHL INFO TECH $5,000 Albuquerque PSDSen. Cisco McSorley, D
BernalilloHIGHLAND HIGH SCHL COURTYARD & FCLTY IMPROVE $5,000 Albuquerque PSDSen. Cisco McSorley, D
BernalilloMARK TWAIN ELEM SCHL INFO TECH $5,000 Albuquerque PSDSen. Cisco McSorley, D
BernalilloBANDELIER ELEM SCHL COURTYARD & FCLTY IMPROVE $3,000 Albuquerque PSDSen. Cisco McSorley, D
BernalilloBANDELIER ELEM SCHL GROUNDS & PLAYGROUNDS IMPROV $3,000 Albuquerque PSDSen. Cisco McSorley, D
BernalilloDEL NORTE HIGH SCHL BOOKROOMS $2,800 Albuquerque PSDReps. Deborah Armstrong, D; Nate Gentry, RSen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D
Santa FeEL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHL ALARM SYSTEM $2,500 Santa Fe PSDRep. Matthew McQueen, D
BernalilloALB SOUTH BROADWAY PUBLIC LIBRARY SECURITY SYS $2,000 AlbuquerqueReps. G. Andres Romero, Javier Martinez, Miguel Garcia, Gail Chasey, all D
TaosQUESTA VETERANS MEMORIAL $1,000 QuestaSen. Carlos Cisneros, D

2 thoughts on “Most vetoed capital projects advocated by Dems

  1. She certainly vetoed a number of projects that would have served Native communities. I wonder if she allowed any?

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