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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
1/31/06
HB
SHORT TITLE Arts Programs in Main Street Communities
SB 265
ANALYST Earnest
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$350.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Companion to: House Bill 689.
Relates to: Senate Bill 166, Senate Bill 168, House Bill 311, and House Bill 445.
Relates to appropriation in the General Appropriation Act: Yes.
The appropriation to the Economic Development Department contained in the GAA includes an
additional $300 thousand for Mainstreet programs, bringing Mainstreet program funding at Eco-
nomic Development Department to more than $600 thousand in FY07.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Economic Development Department (EDD)
Tourism Department (TD)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 265 appropriates $350 thousand from the general fund to Economic Develop De-
partment to establish pilot arts and cultural district programs in eight New Mexico MainStreet
communities.
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FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $350 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 shall revert to the
general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
EDD indicates that the pilot communities would develop strategic economic development ap-
proaches based on their unique cultural assets. The approaches would design incentives for real
estate development, arts production, sales and export of art, development of arts and entertain-
ment-related businesses, crafts production, and institutional development (such as museums,
University programs and municipal facilities).
Furthermore, EDD finds that the appropriation would help New Mexico MainStreet communities
to serve as statewide models of arts- and culture-based economic development approaches. The
local pilot communities would demonstrate effective methods of utilizing their cultural assets to
beautify communities, provide employment, attract residents and tourists, enhance property val-
ues and expand the tax base, and promote small business entrepreneurship.
The bill does not specify which communities should be chosen for the pilot program, nor does it
provide criteria by which to select them.
According to the Tourism Department (NMTD), the arts and cultures of New Mexico are among
the top reasons visitors come to the state. NMTD supports and encourages collaboration among
all state agencies to better promote New Mexico as a tourist destination. Thriving Main Street
communities only enhance opportunities to attract more visitors to the state.
PERFORMANCE IMPLICATIONS
MainStreet staff, supported by the MainStreet base budget, would be assigned to coordinate the
Arts and Cultural Districts pilot program and oversee specialty technical assistance providers.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
There would be a modest increase in contract administration for the staff of the MainStreet pro-
gram at the Economic Development Department.
CONFLICT, DUPLICATION, COMPANIONSHIP, RELATIONSHIP
SB265 is the companion to HB689 and relates to SB 166, SB 168, HB 311, and HB 445.
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OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
According to EDD, New Mexico possesses one of the most promising culture-based economies
in the United States, yet the State has not fully capitalized on its arts and cultural assets com-
pared to other states. Across the U.S., more than 90 cities and the States of Maryland and Iowa
have created arts and entertainment programs that are boosting their economies.
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