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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
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ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-2-06
HB 408
SHORT TITLE New Mexico Weavers Marketing Program
SB
ANALYST Dearing
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$50.0 Non-Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 408 appropriates $50,000 from the general fund to New Mexico Economic Develop-
ment Department for the purpose of establishing a cooperative marketing development plan in
order increase world-wide purchases of local New Mexico woven products, through retail and
auction sales. This enactment would enable NMEDD to contract with a non-profit cultural asset
community development organization to implement this initiative.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $50,000 contained in this bill is a non-recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of 2007 shall revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
This legislation seeks to develop markets and retail venues for traditional New Mexican woven
products. Weaving has been a cultural staple in New Mexico & the southwest since about 800
AD. Woven items from the area are generally of cotton, a crop currently produced commercially
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in the southern parts of New Mexico. Pueblo weaving today consists of mantas, including elabo-
rately embroidered examples, sashes of varying widths and weave structures, and the striped
blanket descendants of those woven for in the past.
Accordingly, the economic impacts to the New Mexico economy derived through the sale of
woven products are expected to increase with enactment of this initiative.
During the Johnson Administration, the economic development department received a grant from
the USDA to develop and implement a marketing plan to promote Native American art in
Europe. This program was deemed a success in that numerous Native American artisans were
provided an opportunity to display and sell their art, and establish business relationships with
European merchants.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
The economic development department would be required to develop and monitor a professional
services contract with a nonprofit cultural asset community development organization, which
would include identifying performance measures to determine the success of the program.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
A cooperative marketing development plan initiated through the Economic Development Plan to
promote the marketing and sale of New Mexico woven products would not be created. Subse-
quently, there would be no corresponding increase in the sale of these products.
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