The $2.8 million for purchasing 12,000 acres to expand Cerrillos State Park calculates out to 0.07% of the $3.9 billion Federal Stimulus funds directed to New Mexico. Governor Richardson has already allocated 8.18% of New Mexico’s share of stimulus funds to the budgetary category of “Family Safety Net”.
The Thomas Cole in his Albuquerque Journal opinion piece, masquerading as a front page news article, is propagating a “False Choice”, were if you promote and expand the State’s eco-tourism with a Wild Horse Sanctuary, then you don’t care about family and children.
Below are a few other numbers which may be of interest, as long as we’re making false choices:
A few other Stimulus numbers (as a percent of NM Stimulus funds):</br></br>– 0.21%: Reconstruction of Existing Lanes fo NM 128, a rural road in Lea County (birthplace of Governor-Candidate Diane Denish).</br></br>- 1.31%: Levee improvements in Dona Ana County (home to Governor-Candidate Susana Martinez</br></br>- 0.06%: Improvements to Columbus US Land Port of Entry in Luna County (home of NM Senate Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith)</br></br>
And Other Loosely Related NM Budget Facts:</br></br>- $1.9 million: Increase budget for DA office of Governor-Candidate Susana Martinez, from 2003 to 2009.</br></br>- $2.8 million: Approximate cumulative budget for Lt. Governor office of Governor-Candidate Diane Denish, 2007-2010.</br></br>- $7.5 million: Expenses for 2010 NM Legislative Session</br></br>- $4.2 million: FY2010 Budget Recommendation for Legislative Finance Committee.</br></br>- Energy and Natural Resources: Biggest Campaign Contributors to NM Senate Finance Chairman John Arthur Smith, 2004/2006/2008.