New Mexico House Appropriations and Finance Committee to include public feedback in budget hearings

DPNM News:

SANTA FE — The chair of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) announced Friday that the committee will begin soliciting input from members of the public during the agency’s budget hearings to give New Mexico’s diverse communities a voice in the budget process give.

The new public comment policy will begin at the next committee meeting on Monday, January 23rd.

Following yesterday’s presentation of the House of Representatives’ fiscal 2024 budget in the House of Representatives, the HAFC will begin the critical work of reviewing executive branch requests and public comments to ensure the needs of people across the state are being met. The committee’s process will build on the preliminary work of the Legislative Finance Committee and use its recommended $9.44 billion budget proposal. This framework is designed to ignite transformative change for all New Mexicans with record investments in students, schools and teachers, our environment and economy, the accessibility and affordability of healthcare, and safe and secure communities.

“We must face this moment by dedicating our record earnings to the people of New Mexico while charting a course for generational renewal. An important part of this process is hearing directly from our communities to ensure our budget is working for them,” said HAFC Chair Nathan Small (D-Las Cruces). “We look forward to hearing from the public and building on the Legislative Finance Committee’s strong recommendations to formulate a budget that makes responsible, impactful investments in our state’s most pressing needs while ensuring we maintain strong reserves. “

“Working with record revenues is a great responsibility, and we must make prudent investments that will benefit all New Mexicans,” said HAFC Vice Chair Meredith Dixon (D-Albuquerque). “This year, we’re focused on delivering results for people across our state — by funding safety, healthcare and housing in the community and into our future — with long-term investments in our next generation, our environment and our economy.” “

“The Legislative Finance Committee works throughout the year to assess New Mexico’s revenue, track our state’s reserves, and determine how we can maintain robust reserves while best utilizing available funds to support research-based investments in areas with the greatest need,” added LFC Director David Abbey. “Right now, we have an opportunity not only to address a number of systemic challenges, but also to transform our current financial boom into long-term returns.”

The Roundhouse is open to the public for the 2023 session. Members of the public can also view sessions and committee meetings about the New Mexico Legislature webcast Tab and comment by phone or zoom as indicated on the daily routine.