Topics needing essential examination and answers include-

  • Reopening: state’s economy; schools; college campuses
  • Stimulus funding
  • Spaceport & Virgin Galactic
  • Permian Basin Drilling Update

 

New Mexico Senate Republican Office

Immediate Release July 14, 2020

Contact: 505-320-0771

 

     
     
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Starting Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Cloudcroft, NM

  • webstreamed at www.nmlegis.gov
  • Public comment may be made by email to lfc@nmlegis.gov
  • Alamogordo’s Senator Bill Burt- 575-439-9439
  • Farmington’s Senator Steven Neville- 505-320-0771

Farmington’s Senator Steven Neville and Alamogordo’s Senator Bill Burt will be actively participating in the critically important Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) meetings to be held in Cloudcroft starting Wednesday.

The Senators said vital issues of utmost importance to their constituents and to the entire state will be discussed with solutions hopefully revealed during the three-day meeting at the Cloudcroft High School.

New Mexico’s economic future could well be determine by the testimony to be presented at this week’s LFC meetings. I have served on the LFC for years and I feel these are the most critical hearings I will ever participate in. It is a desperate time in our state and we are desperate to find answers and solutions on how to reopen our state’s economy, how to reopen our schools next month and how our college campuses will operate and educate students under COVID restrictions.”

The presenters at this week’s LFC meetings make some of the most imperative testimony we will ever hear as members of the interim committee, “ Senator Burt said. “ We are working diligently to find answers and solutions in how to get back our economy and our lives back to normal under these restrictive health orders. I am also anxious to examine how the federal government’s stimulus funding plan is working in New Mexico.”

During the meetings which begin Wednesday, the LFC will also receive report on:

  • Virgin Galactic Initiatives at Spaceport New Mexico –
  • George Whitesides, Chief Executive

Officer, Virgin Galactic (Invited)

  • Permian Basin Drilling and Production Update — Bernadette
  • Johnson*, Vice President, Market

Intelligence, Enverus

The meeting will be webstreamed at www.nmlegis.gov. In accordance with the Public Health Order (dated 6/30/2020), attendance will be limited to presenters and their staff, legislators, and legislative staff; attendees will wear a face mask and social distance. Public comment may be made by email to lfc@nmlegis.gov.

The entire agenda is included below:

Wednesday, July 15th

Meeting Location: Cloudcroft High School 10 Swallow Place Cloudcroft, NM 88317

9:00

Reopening the New Mexico Economy and Pace of Recovery — John Bingaman*, Economic

   

Recovery Council; Alicia Keyes*, Secretary, Economic Development Department; Jeff

   

Mitchell*, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico

11:00

Status of New Mexico Use of Corona Virus Stimulus Fund to Address Pandemic — Debbie

   

Romero*, Acting Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration;

   
  • Vetoes of Allocations in Chapter 5-SS
  • Allocation of Stimulus Funds to Local Governments and Tribes and Pueblos
  • Prospect for “Flexibility” in Regulation or Federal Legislation
  • Estimate of Spending Compliant with Treasury Rules for Stimulus Fund

12:30

Lunch

1:30

Status of New Mexico Use of Corona Virus Stimulus Fund and Related Funding (continued) —

   

Micaela Fischer, Program Evaluation Manager, Legislative Finance Committee; Kelly Klundt,

   

Analyst, Legislative Finance Committee; Brian Colon*, State Auditor

   
  • Corona Virus Related Purchasing
  • Oversight Efforts

3:00

Virgin Galactic Initiatives at Spaceport New Mexico — George Whitesides, Chief Executive

   

Officer, Virgin Galactic (Invited)

4:00

Permian Basin Drilling and Production Update — Bernadette Johnson*, Vice President, Market

   

Intelligence, Enverus

5:00

Adjourn

8:30

Reopening Public Schools and Enhancing Instruction Time — Ryan Stewart, Secretary, Public

   

Education Department; TJ Parks, Superintendent, Hobbs Municipal Schools

10:00

Reopening College Campuses: Strategic Outlook for Higher Education Under COVID-19

   

Constraints — Dan Arvizu, Chancellor, New Mexico State University; Garnett Stokes,

   

Chancellor, University of New Mexico; Becky Rowley, President, Santa Fe Community College

   
  • Collaboration Among Institutions to Share Resources
  • Impacts on Enrollment
  • Measures to Protect Students

12:00

Lunch

Thursday, July 16th

Revised 7/2/20

LFC A 5 – 17, 2020

1:30

Policy Spotlight: Prison Classification — Cally Carswell*, Program Evaluator, Legislative

   

Finance Committee

3:00

Program Evaluation: Nursing Expansion and Workforce — Brian Hoffmeister*, Program

   

Evaluator, Legislative Finance Committee

4:30

Discussion Draft of FY22 Budget Guidelines — Charles Sallee, Deputy Director, Legislative

   

Finance committee

5:00

Adjourn

Friday, July 17th

8:30

Medicaid and COVID-19 Update — Dr. David Scrase, Secretary, Human Services Department;

   

Dr. Chad Smelser, Deputy State Epidemiologist, Department of Health

   
  • Enrollment, Utilization, and Outcomes
  • Cost Containment Strategies
  • COVID-19 Status, Next Stages, Outlook

10:30

Miscellaneous Committee Business

   

Action Items

   

1) Approval of June Meeting Minutes

   

2) Approval of Contracts

   

Review of Monthly Financial Reports & Information Items

   

3) Post Special Session Financial Report

   

4) LFC FY21 Budget Status

   

5) BAR Report

   

6) Cash Balance Report

   

7) Full Time Employees by Agency

   

8) Post-Session Financial Report

   

9) LFC Program Evaluation Status Report

12:00

Adjourn

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