Legislators ask Martinez to link drilling, funding

February 15, 2013 • State News

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of New Mexico legislators want the governor to link approval of state funding for projects proposed by counties and municipalities to their willingness to allow mineral extraction such as drilling for gas and oil.

A letter making the request was sent to Gov. Susana Martinez on Feb. 6. It was signed by 30 Republican members of the 70-member House of Representatives, the Las Vegas Optic ( ) reported Thursday.

Martinez will not cut projects based on a community’s oil and gas development policy, spokesman Enrique Knell said Friday. The governor wants to ensure state funding for local projects will result in short- and long-term economic development benefits, he said.

“This simply means that we should prioritize projects that have been Login to read more

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