UNM departments, schools and colleges will soon paint the Roundhouse cherry for the annual UNM Day at the Legislature.

Every year, a variety of departments, faculty, staff and students travel to Santa Fe to fill the Rotunda with tables and displays, showcasing the importance of UNM’s work in the arts, business, community, health, research and more.                         

9 a.m. 
Meet Your Legislator
Find your legislator information and office location at the ASUNM/GPSA Booth in the Rotunda

10:30 a.m. 
Observe the House and Senate Floor Sessions
The House and Senate will be issuing Memorials and Proclamations declaring Jan. 27, UNM Day and recognizing our outstanding Faculty and Students, there will be open seating in the House and Senate galleries                            

2:15 p.m. 
Afternoon Briefing for Encounters with Legislators
UNM Santa Fe Office

3 p.m. 
Guided Tour of the Capitol or Meet Your Legislator
Learn about the history of the Capitol, the various architectural components of the building and an overview of the world class Capitol Art Collection.                                                      

This is an abbreviated, 30-day legislative session that will focus primarily on the state budget. With an estimated $800 million in new money available, New Mexico is again seeing increased general fund revenues from oil and gas activity. The Governor also hopes to tackle issues related to education, health care and infrastructure.

UNM’s Office of Government & Community Relations will keep the campus community apprised of bills of interest to the University on the UNM Bill Tracker. UNM encourages friends, family, neighbors and colleagues to also sign up for daily updates to stay informed throughout the 2020 legislative session.

The following gives a brief glimpse of The University of New Mexico’s 2020 legislative priorities.


  • Funding Formula
    • Since the funding formula’s implementation eight years ago, UNM has exceeded the benchmarks established in the performance-based formula and strongly supports maintaining its current metrics. Institutions should be rewarded for efforts in improving outcomes for students. UNM supports the coordinated request for 8% new money in the funding formula made by the Council of University Presidents, Independent Community Colleges and the Association of Community Colleges.
  • School of Medicine I&G
    • The UNM School of Medicine is not part of the funding formula.  We seek a percentage parity with the funding received by other institutions throughout the state.
  • Compensation Formula Reform
    • UNM supports the state’s three higher education associations initiative to revise compensation calculation to include faculty and staff paid with tuition and fees. 
  • Compensation
    • UNM supports the state’s three higher education associations request for 5% compensation based on new compensation calculation. This request will reflect the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.
  • NM Health Equity Scholarships
    • $6,000,000 to provide free Medical School tuition for students willing to commit to practicing in NM for four years post-residency. 

GO Bond

  • College of Fine Arts Facilities Renewal Phase 1 - $10 million
  • Nursing and Population Health - $33 Million
  • Gallup - Center for Career Technologies Education - $6 Million
  • Los Alamos - Workforce Development/CTE Classroom Reno - $2.5 Million
    • Building 7 Renovations and Safety Improvements - $1.5 Million
  • Taos - Career Technology Addition - $4.8 Million
  • Valencia- Fire Safety Improvements - $1.8 Million

Read the full list of priorities by clicking here.