Election Day is now just weeks away, and early voting is underway in New Mexico. While national races have the spotlight, I want to draw your attention to some of the most consequential ballot items for New Mexico State University this year – which are found on the back of your ballot, in the General Obligation Bond section.
If approved by voters, General Obligation Bond C will provide $30.46 million for construction, renovation and modernization projects across the NMSU system, including $18 million for biomedical and agricultural facilities at our Las Cruces campus. GO Bond C funding would help our university provide more opportunities for hands-on learning and create state-of-the-art facilities for biomedical research and agricultural science.
The Agricultural Modernization and Educational Facilities project supported by Bond Question C will ultimately benefit all New Mexicans because new facilities for biomedical teaching and research will help NMSU do more life-changing work in the fight against cancer and gain a better understanding of emerging viruses. Our interdisciplinary research and training in food security and animal production efficiency will help increase the profitability of New Mexico’s agricultural industry as it feeds tomorrow’s global population, estimated to increase by 70 percent in the next 30 years.
GO Bond C funds will also support Agricultural Science Centers all over New Mexico, which conduct agricultural research in our diverse ecological regions and help local producers make the most of their operations.
Additionally, if GO Bond B is approved, it will provide millions of statewide for university library resources, of which the NMSU system will receive a portion.
Across the state, the 2020 Capital Projects General Obligation Bond Act will issue just over $156 million in bonds for colleges and universities, special schools and tribal schools – with no tax increase. If passed, it will create new higher education opportunities for all of our students and prepare them to succeed in whatever discipline they choose.
Whether in person or by mail, I encourage you to vote on bond questions B and C. It’s an investment in our students and the future of New Mexico’s workforce.
Thanks, and go Aggies!