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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Marquardt
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2-8-2006
HB 707
SHORT TITLE NMSU-Alamogordo Music Program
SB
ANALYST Dearing
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$35.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
New Mexico State University (NMSU)
New Mexico Department of Higher Education (NMDHE)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 707 appropriates $35,000 from the general fund to the New Mexico State University
Board of Regents in order to provide funding for the music program at the Alamogordo branch
of NMSU.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $35,000 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund.
Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2007 shall revert
to the general fund.
This request was not in the list of priority projects submitted by NMSU to the New Mexico
Higher Education Department for review and was not included in the Departmentís funding rec-
ommendation for fiscal year 2007.
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SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMHED) is committed to the adequate and
equitable support of necessary instructional, student services, and academic support initiatives
for all students in New Mexico. Activities to be funded in this proposal are currently recom-
mended for funding through the Instruction and General (I&G) higher education funding formula
within the General Appropriation Act. Funding of this program without consideration of similar
needs at all institutions could weaken the equitability and thus the integrity of the established
I&G formula funding process.
The Department of Music at NMSU has been an established, independent department since
1962. The departmentís goals include providing quality education to students, and to preparing
them of the successful careers as educators, in public schools or in private studios, and preparing
them to successfully pursue graduate studies in music at recognized and established institutions
and conservatories nationwide.
The music programs at the Alamogordo Branch of NMSU (NMSU-A) would utilize this appro-
priation to continue to grow the current music program by offering new courses as well as up-
dated equipment.
The mission of NMSUís music department is to:
Prepare students for careers in the field of music
Give all students opportunities to perform, study and experience music
Enhance cultural atmosphere through proving performances to the community
ADMINISTRATION IMPLICATIONS
Funds to be administered through the existing program.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
The music program at the Alamogordo Branch of NMSU would have to find alternative funding
sources to expand the current music program, offer new courses and update equipment. Expan-
sion of course offerings could be postponed.
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