- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a special session of the New Mexico Legislature (all times local):

1:30 p.m.

University officials in New Mexico are expressing concern over a GOP-led House proposal that would slash around 6 percent from state colleges.

The move comes about House Republicans proposed Monday to replace Senate Democratic cuts in K-12 education with reductions in higher education.

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble told The Associated Press the proposal wouldn’t “totally undermine” the school but would come close. He says the Eastern New Mexico likely would have to raise tuition but not see layoffs.

New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers says the reductions will be difficult for state colleges after the 2.5 percent cuts passed in January.

Western New Mexico University spokesman Abe Villarreal says the school is looking at a hiring freeze and restructuring programs with the looming cuts.



New Mexico governor is getting a bill that slashes 119 capital projects amid efforts by state lawmakers to close a half-billion dollar shortfall.

The GOP-led House approved Monday a proposal by the Democratic-controlled Senate that moves around $90 million in unspent state funds to New Mexico’s general fund.

Projects planned for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center are among those facing the chopping block. In addition, road projects and improvements to water systems around the state could be cut.

The projects are mostly from stalled construction projects first funded in 2014 or earlier.

A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said the governor has not seen the bill yet.



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