Doña Ana County capital projects that got funded and sponsoring lawmakers


LAS CRUCES – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham approved $28.2 million in capital outlay projects for Doña Ana County as part of a $511 million capital bill this month; and for the first time, the public can see how and where state legislators and the governor directed the public infrastructure dollars under their discretion. 

That’s because lawmakers passed a law during this winter’s 60-day legislative session requiring the previously secret funding requests to be published by the Legislative Council Service along with the funded projects, including projects that were vetoed. 

Lujan Grisham vetoed a small percentage of projects, including three in Doña Ana County, explaining in a statement that she eliminated projects that were too small (under $10,000), projects “where the proposed recipients have not used capital funds from the current fiscal year,” were not properly planned or otherwise not ready to proceed.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs legislation on Monday, April 5, 2021.

The complete list of projects approved under H.B. 285 is available on the New Mexico Legislature’s website, The document includes the amount each lawmakers allocated to the projects, which for brevity is not included here. The document is also embedded at the bottom of this story online. 

The list shows lawmakers frequently pooling their resources on local projects, including two lawmakers who do not live in the county but whose districts include part of it: State Rep. Luis Terrazas, R-Silver City, and state Sen. Crystal Diamond, R-Elephant Butte. 

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