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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
March 15, 2004
Volume 39, Number 13

Legislature funds I&G, special projects

Bill includes funds for 2 percent salary increase for faculty, staff

By Dolores Gonzalez

Lawmakers gave the University of New Mexico one of its top priorities, complete funding for instruction and general workload. The state appropriation provides UNM with 18 percent of its annual operating budget.

“In terms of operating funds,” says UNM Budget Director Curtis Porter, “we’re in pretty good shape, particularly when compared to institutions in some neighboring states.”

In terms of compensation, the final budget bill included funds for an average 2 percent salary increase for faculty and staff.

Although UNM requested that the legislature not increase the tuition credit, lawmakers imposed a 4 percent tuition credit increase. This is the minimum amount that the legislature expects the state’s colleges and universities to raise tuition.

Lawmakers also appropriated money for specific projects, both from general fund money and as part of the severance tax bond issue this year. UNM received $6.1 million for these projects. The LambdaRail project received $1 million. It will allow for purchase of very high speed data transmission capability, making it easier for researchers to work with academic and private industry partners.

*Funded Special Project Priorities
Project Requested Received
Manufac Engineering
BBER Census Project
Hep C Outreach Program
Morrissey Hall
*UNM GO Bond Issue Projects
Core Building Renewal
Centennial Engineering
HSC Anatomy Lab
HSC Patient Care Equipment
MTTC Ð Equipment Installation
Los Alamos Branch - Infrastructure
Los Alamos Branch Ð Maintenance Plant
Gallup Branch - Infrastructure
Taos Branch Ð Education Center Ð Phase 4
Valencia Branch - Infrastructure
Valencia Branch Ð Vocational Facility
$ 200,000
$ 85, 000
$ 350,000
$ 260,000
$ 50,000
$ 500,000

Associated Students of the University of New Mexico (ASUNM) successfully lobbied for $157, 000 for El Centro and Accessibility Services for the Disabled.

There were also 5 percent cuts to non-statutory special projects. UNM did receive some funding for six special project priorities, although several priorities did not receive new funding.
Lawmakers crafted legislation that includes projects that will be on the November ballot as a general obligation bond issue.

The UNM portion of the G.O. bond issue is $20.9 million. The bond will provide monies for projects on main campus, Health Sciences Center and all branch campuses.

UNM would also receive a portion of the funding for four statewide higher education projects if the bond issue passes.

KNME would receive part of $2.3 million for public television. UNM would receive some of the $4.4 million for information technology infrastructure. The university would also get parts of the $1.7 million for Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and the $3.88 million for library acquisitions.

In summary, even though there were many conflicting demands on the state’s financial resources, higher education fared better than expected in terms of operating funds.

For more details, click the legislative link on the UNM home page at www.unm.edu or contact Dolores González in the Advancement Office at dgon@unm.edu.

(*Special Priority and Bond Issue Projects pend governor’s signature).