The Lobo community is headed north on Monday, Jan. 28 for UNM Day at the New Mexico Legislature. The annual event includes a variety of departments, faculty, staff and students converging near the Rotunda to showcase the importance of UNM’s work in the arts, business, community, health, research and more.
Activities — including performances in the house and senate chambers, memorials, proclamations, speeches, tours, demonstrations and meet and greets — begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the late afternoon.
Some of the UNM events include:
- 9 a.m. – Meet Your Legislator: Find your legislator information and office location at the ASUNM/GPSA booth in the Rotunda. Also starting at 9 a.m. are Legislative Committee Hearings. Various committees will be meeting throughout the day discussing a wide range of topics. Agendas available in the East Lobby.
- 10:30 a.m. – Observe the House and Senate Floor Sessions: The House and Senate will be issuing Memorials and Proclamations declaring Jan. 28 UNM Day and recognizing outstanding Faculty and Students. Open Seating in the House and Senate Galleries.
- 2 p.m. – Legislative roundtable. Agenda will include state legislators, legislative staff, and UNM experts.
- 3p.m. – Guided Tour of the Capitol: Learn about the history of the Capitol, the various architectural components of the building and an overview of the world class Capital Art Collection. Meet in the East Lobby. Also starting at 3 p.m. another opportunity to Meet Your Legislator: Find your legislator information and office location at the ASUNM/GPSA booth in the Rotunda.
- 5p.m. – UNM Legislative Briefing at La Fonda: Government Relations Team.
- 6 p.m. – Alumni Legislative Reception: (invitation only) contact Kim Feldman at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. La Fonda Hotel, Ballroom.
The following gives a brief glimpse of The University of New Mexico’s 2019 legislative priorities.
- Instruction & General / Funding Formula
Since the funding formula’s implementation seven years ago, UNM has met the challenges of the performance-based formula and strongly supports maintaining its current metrics and calculations. Institutions should be rewarded for efforts in improving outcomes for students, and need stability in the formula. UNM supports an 8 percent increase of new money for the funding formula.
- Medical School Instruction & General Funding
The UNM School of Medicine is not part of the funding formula. The UNM SOM seeks a percentage parity with the funding received by other institutions throughout the state.
- Cancer Center 340B Funding Replacement
The UNM Cancer Center requests $5.8 million to replace money lost due to 340B regulatory changes.
- Lottery Scholarship
UNM supports solvency of the lottery scholarship fund that is equitable for all students.
The students will seek to restore the Liquor Excise Tax to the lottery fund to provide full tuition for NM students.
- Compensation Funding
UNM supports a compensation package that reflects the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff. The last substantial appropriated compensation increase was in FY08. During the eleven years since, there have been three small increases that funded only those employees who are paid from the General Fund. This is 60 percent of the actual cost of providing a pay raise. Additional funding is needed for pay increases and to offset rising healthcare costs and retirement contributions. UNM also supports a revision to the formula used to calculate compensation for our faculty and staff.
Capital and Research & Public Service projects
UNM is also requesting slightly more than $27 million in estimated costs for Capital Projects and approximately $8.7 million for a variety of Research and Public Service Projects.
For a complete list, visit UNM's 2019 Legislative Priorities.
How to Track Bills of interest
For the past month, legislators have been pre-filing proposed legislation that will be considered during the 60-day session. With more than 400 pieces of legislation pre-filed, it will be a busy 60 days. UNM is tracking a number of those bills, as they have consequences for the main campus, HSC, Human Resources or retirement, the budget or higher education in general.
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. The goal is to keep the campus community apprised of the process and provide the info you’ll need to navigate the 2019 legislative session.