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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
1/30/08
HB 541
SHORT TITLE UNM Latin American Resources Center
SB
ANALYST Haug
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY08
FY09
$40.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Higher Education Department (HED)
University of New Mexico (UNM)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
House Bill 541 appropriates $40.0 from the general fund to the Board of Regents of the
University of New Mexico for programs at the Center for Latin American Resources and
Outreach.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $40.0 contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general fund. Any
unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of fiscal year 2009 shall revert to the
general fund.
The HED states that this request was not submitted by UNM to the New Mexico Higher
Education Department for review and was not recommended by the Executive.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The HED states:
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CLARO is the educational and community outreach unit of the Latin American Iberian
Institute (LAII). According to UNM’s website, CLARO's mission is to disseminate and
expand awareness, knowledge, and understanding of the Ibero-American world through
collection, production, and distribution of educational multidisciplinary materials to
teachers, students, businesses, corporations, educational institutions, government entities,
and community organizations. In addition, CLARO serves the private and public sectors
by offering workshops, seminars, and conferences.
CLARO's goals are:
•
to reach an audience beyond the borders of the United States of America;
•
to interact with Ibero-American universities in the production of on-line
interactive workshops, classes, symposia, and seminars; and
•
to establish an international clearinghouse for the development and distribution of
instructional materials.
To better disseminate CLARO's programs and services, CLARO actively develops
collaborative partnerships and resource sharing with government entities, educational
institutions, and community organizations.
According to Dr. Maria Kelly, Director of CLARO, the funding requested in HB541 will
be used to expand the program and services to the community. Research and
development of educational materials for classroom teachers are the primary activities of
the project. With globalization comes the need to further understand perspectives of
people from other cultures, especially in relation to their views of the United States. In
addition to fostering an appreciation of others, primarily our Latin American neighbors,
CLARO attempts to bridge the cultural gaps by demonstrating that there are often more
commonalities than differences among peoples.
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