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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Robinson
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
2/9/06
HB
SHORT TITLE UNM Natural High Program
SB 429
ANALYST Earp
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$150.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Public Education Department (PED)
Higher Education Department (HED)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 429 appropriates $150,000 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the Uni-
versity of New Mexico (UNM) to support the Natural High Program.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $150,000 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
This proposal was not included among the special program funding requests submitted by the
UNM to the Higher Education Department (HED) for review. Consequently, this proposal has
not been included in the HED fiscal year 2007 funding recommendations to the Legislature.
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ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
UNM would administer the requested appropriation. No significant impact is evident.
OTHER SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES
HED reports that the Natural High Program is a UNM-sponsored youth outreach program. This
program is a project of UNM Recreational Services with a focus on middle school students. The
mission of the Natural High Program is to provide positive alternatives to at-risk behavior
through educational, arts and recreational activities. The program aspires to empower the youth
to realize their highest potential by teaming them with enthusiastic, dedicated UNM students as
role models. According to the special programs director at UNM, the program exposes middle
school-aged students to the possibility of college with tutoring, campus visits, workshops, team
building, and leadership activities. The mentors work with the schools, and the New Mexico
Public Education Department's Next Step program to deliver the activities.
POSSIBLE QUESTIONS
How has this program been supported in previous years.
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