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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Foley
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/6/06
HB 756
SHORT TITLE NM Tech Math & Science Career Training
SB
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$18.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to SB 415, S595, SB 618 and HB 463
Relates to Appropriation in the General Appropriation Act
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
Public Education Department (PED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 756 appropriates $18,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the New
Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMTech) for expenditure in FY07 for an organiza-
tion dedicated to preparing students for careers in mathematics, engineering, and the sciences.
The appropriation shall be used to expand the programs of the organization to Sierra middle
school in Chaves County. The organization to be supported through the appropriation is appar-
ently New Mexico Math, Engineering & Science Achievement, Inc. (NM MESA).
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $18,000 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.
For fiscal year 2006, HED received an appropriation of $914,400 for this program and NMTech
submitted a fiscal year 2007 program change request to the HED in the amount of $162,000, for
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a total of $1,076,400. The base level of funding is included in the General Appropriation Act
and, as of the date of this report, expansion funding in the amount of $80,000 is included in
SFCS/SB 415.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
An expansion proposal in the amount of $162,000 for NM MESA was included among the spe-
cial program funding requests submitted by NMTech to HED for review. This proposal was not
included in the HED fiscal year 2007 funding recommendations to the Legislature.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
NMTech serves as fiscal agent and host to the New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering Science
Achievement (NM MESA) Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes educational enrichment
for middle and high school students from historically under-represented ethnic groups. Funding
for this program has been made in recent years through the HED, which distributes the funding
to NMTech.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
This bill is related to House Bill 463 and Senate Bill 595. These are duplicate measures which
appropriate $162,000 for expansion of NM MESA programs.
This bill is also related to SB 618 which appropriates $40,000 for NM MESA program expansion
at Tohatchi middle school and Zuni high school.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
Information provided through HED indicates that NM MESA, in partnership with schools and
universities, prepares these pre-college students for college and careers in mathematics, engi-
neering, science, and related fields. NM MESA proposes to expand programs to reach under-
served students in communities across the state. Currently there are MESA programs in one-third
of New Mexico's public school districts, but less than 10% of state supported secondary schools.
These funds will be earmarked to add 12 MESA programs in each of the six regions of the state:
Central, North Central, North, Southeast, Southwest, and West. These programs will be sup-
ported by statewide and regional offices located in Gallup, Las Vegas (NMHU), Las Cruces,
(NMSU), Roswell (ENMU), and Albuquerque (UNM & NM Tech).
NM MESA is based on a model that originated in 1970 at the University of California at Berke-
ley. Founded in 1982, NM MESA has grown to provide thousands of middle, junior high, and
high school students with year-round support and career guidance. In the 2003-2004 school year,
NM MESA served approximately 4,900 students in 101 schools and 31 school districts. NM
MESA is governed by a board composed of bipartisan legislative representation (both state and
federal); representatives of local and national companies; secondary schools; state universities; et
al. Financial support is provided by the State of New Mexico; numerous state and national corpo-
rations and foundations; federal agencies; and private donations.
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