Search capital outlay requests by lawmaker, city, county and project name.
Search legislative earmarks in House Bill 219, the severance tax bond capital outlay bill.
Some state lawmakers fear that making public how they divvy up money each year for public infrastructure projects might harm their re-election chances.
The House unanimously approved a $166 million capital outlay bill Monday, but not without criticism. House Bill 219 includes $82 million in local projects designated by the 112 lawmakers.
New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller issued a report on the unspent money Friday morning, suggesting that spending the dollars could create thousands of jobs and give the economy a boost.
Business and labor support doesn’t sway lawmakers in efforts to reform infrastructure by taking away their pork-barrel allocations.
“Find me another bill in this session where the major businesses and the major labor organizations agree on something.”
Two senators said it’s possible to track what projects their individual capital outlay allocations go toward. So New Mexico In Depth took at look.
The House speaker joins the House minority leader among 25 lawmakers sharing details of their infrastructure allocations.
State agencies and lawmakers identified nearly $4.3 billion in infrastructure project desires, while far less money is available.