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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR McSorley
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1/24/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Senior Citizen Farmersí Market Project
SB 182
ANALYST Lewis
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
60.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Relates to HB 83 (Farmersí Markets Promotion & Development)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Department of Health (DOH)
Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 182 appropriates $60,000 from the general fund to the Department of Health for ex-
penditure in fiscal year 2007 to develop a senior citizen farmersí market nutrition program pilot
project to provide approximately 3,000 low-income seniors with vouchers for purchase of fresh
foods at nearby farmersí markets.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $60,000 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.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
According to the Department of Health (DOH), SB 182 is supported by the New Mexico Task
Force to End Hunger, Goal #4: Improve the nutrition environment in New Mexico. Promotion
and further expansion of New Mexicoís farmersí markets will make fresh produce readily avail-
able to the Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) senior citizensí population. In-
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creased fresh fruit and vegetable intake is one of the key messages that the DOH encourages
through the 5 A Day program to help prevent chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease,
some cancers, obesity, and osteoporosis.
DOH further notes that the Farmerís Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) of the Women, Infant
and Children (WIC) Program of DOH has been a source of predictable revenue during the grow-
ing season at 33 farmerís markets throughout New Mexico. These farmerís markets provide
$20.00 worth of fruits and vegetables per month to WIC enrollees. Many small farmers have re-
ported that retail sales through the WIC Farmerís Market checks help them profit and stay in
business. Promotion and further expansion of the farmersí markets to benefit CSFPís senior
population may further enhance the economic impact to local growers.
However, DOH also notes that this appropriation is not part of the departmentís executive budget
recommendation.
WHAT WILL BE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT ENACTING THIS BILL
According to DOH, without this appropriation funding may not be available to develop a Senior
Citizen Farmersí Market Nutrition Program Pilot Project that could provide approximately 3,000
low-income seniors with vouchers for purchase of fresh foods at nearby farmersí markets.
The Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) suggests that failure to enact this bill
would constitute a missed opportunity to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income,
food-insecure seniors.
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