Have you taken a look at the long list of capital projects the Legislature approved? Words like repetitive
, come to mind.
I skim the list
fast looking for six-figures. These big ticket items always seem to be corporate give-aways.
For a start, lets look at the disheartening capital amounts for libraries, like $20,000 for Erna Ferguson construction and $5,000 for renovation of the Ernie Pyle’s home. That might pay for a bookshelf or two. Then there is $21,000 for the Community Dental Clinic off South Broadway. Maybe that will pay for a dental chair.
Contrast that with another $4,500,000 for the Tesla electric car facility that doesn’t exist yet. All-talk Tesla has gotten money before. And so has Eclipse Aviation, which will get another $2,000,000. We’ve already publicly funded infrastructure for them – both at the Sunport, where Eclipse is presently located, and out at Paseo del Vulcan. We hear from the Albuquerque Journal
this morning that Eclipse Aviation’s success is not a sure thing either. But now those roads, waterlines and freeway interchange are.
Then for Mesa del Sol, the Legislature is funding some “economic development” for two enterprises: Fidelity and a solar manufacturer. $7,500,000 a piece. Each. Jiminy Cricket.
talks about some more funding schemes that passed and failed during the Legislative session.
They mention a tax break bill for small casinos at racetracks, like Ruidoso Downs, failed. It would have benefited Paul Blanchard’s effort to move the race track from the State fairgrounds to Moriarity. Blanchard’s wife, and the rodeo board she’s on, got $2 million in capital funding for an equestrian facility at Mesa del Sol. That’s barely enough for another rodeo arena and parking lot. We’d be better off just buying a good racehorse.