Greetings from the 54th New Mexico Legislature. It is an honor and a privilege to represent you and House District 30 in Santa Fe. I am excited to provide you with an update as we near the end of the 2019 Legislative Session.

This session, a big focus has been the debate about our budget and revenue surplus. We have heard competing ideas about how best to make major investments in early childhood and K-12 education, support our students and teachers, and make college or technical training more affordable for more students. We will also be debating and voting on a broad criminal justice and public safety package, and an ambitious renewable energy plan. 

As we tackle many of our state’s challenges, I am pleased that I can be a champion for our community as I serve on the House Education Committee, and as Vice-Chair of the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee. As a lifelong teacher, improving our educational system is of critical importance to me. Yet I also understand that commerce is critical to New Mexico’s future, and I am just as engaged by my work on those issues.

I am proud to have introduced/co-sponsored over twenty pieces of legislation, many of them requested by members of our community, including...

  • Law Enforcement Protection Fund Distribution (HB154) to increase the distribution of funds critical to updating and purchase of new equipment for police departments across the state.

  • Background Check for Firearm Sales (HB8) to close the loopholes on firearms sales and require universal background checks so that everyone purchasing a gun in New Mexico has to complete a background check.

  • Increasing Working Families Tax Credit (HB23) to return money to low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

  • Primary Election Participation By DTS Voters (HB93) to open New Mexico primary elections to voters who register as independent or who decline to designate a party preference.

  • College of Education Affordability (HB275) to offer loan forgiveness to early childhood, special education, and Native American teachers working in high-need schools to help reduce the teacher shortage in New Mexico.

A full list of bills I have introduced and co-sponsored can be found on the legislative website, www.nmlegis.gov. In addition, Committee meetings and House Sessions are webcast on that same site.

I value your opinion and would like to hear from you. If you have ideas, comments, or questions, feel free contact me by phone at (505) 514-4758, by email at natalie.figueroa@nmlegis.gov or visit my office at the Capitol, Room 203ACN.                   

Thank you for giving me the chance to serve you.


2019 Capital Outlay Allocations

This is the list of capital outlay projects that I have funded. There are always many, many more requests than can be funded. However, I focused primarily on public safety and education, and I expect these projects to serve the needs of District 30 and New Mexico.

PUBLIC SAFETY                                                          $890,000

ALB BERNALILLO CO REGIONAL EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE                                                 $500,000

To plan, design, construct, purchase and install regional emergency communications infrastructure for Albuquerque and Bernalillo ($34,600,000 requested)

 ALB FIRE RESCUE AERIAL PLATFORM APPARATUS                         $60,000

To purchase and equip an emergency response aerial platform apparatus for the fire rescue department in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($1,400,000 requested)

 ALB FIRE RESCUE HAZMAT VEHICLE PURCHASE                            $25,000

To purchase and equip a hazardous materials squad vehicle for the fire rescue department in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($700,000 requested)

ALB FIRE STN DRIVE PADS REPLACE                                                 $40,000

To plan, design, construct and replace drive pads at fire stations in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($553,000 requested)

 ALB METRO FLOOD CONTROL AUTH CAB-CHASSIS                        $25,000

To purchase and equip a cab-chassis for the Albuquerque metropolitan arroyo flood control authority in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($275,000 requested)

 ALB POLICE DEPT TECH DNA SECTION AUTOMATION                    $100,000

To plan, design, purchase, equip and install improvements to crime-fighting technology, including information technology and automation of the DNA section, for the police department in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($700,000 requested)

ALB POLICE DEPT PUBLIC SAFETY VEHICLES PRCHS                       $100,000

To purchase and equip marked and unmarked vehicles for the Albuquerque police department in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($2,000,000 requested) 

BERN CO TRANSITIONAL LIVING FCLTY IMPROVE                            $25,000

To plan, design, renovate, construct, furnish and equip office space, a pump house, a pool house and related facilities, including demolition, site improvements, utility infrastructure, water and septic systems, the purchase and installation of security cameras and a security system and improvements to the parking lot and landscaping, at a transitional living center in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($900,000 requested)

BERN CO SHERIFF BODY ARMOR                                                        $15,000

To purchase body armor and equipment for active shooter situations for the Bernalillo county sheriff's department in Bernalillo county ($250,000 requested)

  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT                                            $35,000

ALB FOOD BUS INCUBATOR & KITCHEN                                             $20,000

To acquire land and to plan, design, construct, furnish, equip and install equipment for a commercial kitchen and food business incubator in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($150,000 requested) 

BERN CO CMTY DVLP AGENCY EQUIP                                                 $15,000

To purchase and install furniture and equipment, including a forklift, a shredder and sanitation equipment, for facilities and programs of a community development and assistance agency in Bernalillo county ($162,985 requested)

 

DISTRICT/NEAR-DISTRICT PROJECTS                            $206,370

ALB JUAN TABO LIBRARY IMPROVE                                                     $50,000

To plan, design, construct, renovate, expand, furnish and equip improvements to the Juan Tabo library in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($200,000 requested)

ALB MONTGOMERY PARK IMPROVE                                                     $30,000

To plan, design, construct, renovate, purchase, equip and install improvements to Montgomery park, including irrigation and forestry, in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($250,000 requested)

 ALB VILLELA PARK BICYCLE REPAIR ED FCLTY                                  $70,000

To plan, design, construct, furnish and equip a bicycle repair education facility in Villela park in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($485,000 requested)

ALB MILE HIGH LL FIELDS IMPROVE                                                     $36,370

To plan, design and construct improvements to the fields and infrastructure for Mile High little league in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($500,000 requested)

 CUTLER AVE IMPROVE ALB                                                                  $20,000

To plan, design and construct road, safety and lighting improvements to Cutler avenue in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($360,000 requested)

EDUCATION                                                                      $790,630

ALB PSD CAREER & TECHNICAL ED PROGRAMS EQUIP                  $150,000

To plan, design and construct infrastructure and site improvements, to purchase and equip vehicles and food trucks and to purchase and install equipment, fixtures, furniture and information technology for culinary arts, automotive repair, computer aided drawing and other career technical programs throughout the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($4,500,000 requested)

CLEVELAND MID SCHL FURNITURE                                                     $66,652

To plan, design, purchase, equip, furnish and install fixtures, furniture and related equipment for Cleveland middle school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($66,652 requested)

DEL NORTE HIGH SCHL FINE ARTS                                                     $106,284

To plan, design, construct, renovate, equip and provide improvements to fine art facilities, art rooms, performing arts buildings and music classrooms, including the purchase and installation of stage curtains, seating, carpet, sound and lighting, refinishing of stages, kilns, musical instruments, band equipment, choir risers, information technology and related equipment and furniture, at Del Norte high school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($106,284 requested)

 GOVERNOR BENT ELEM SCHL LIBRARY                                              $99,766

To purchase and install library equipment, furniture, fixtures, bookshelves, information technology and infrastructure in the libraries and book rooms at Governor Bent elementary school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county  ($99,766 requested)

MADISON MID SCHL INFO TECH                                                          $96,840

To purchase and install information technology, including related equipment, furniture and infrastructure, at Madison middle school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($96,840 requested)

NM INTERNATIONAL SCHL FENCING                                                   $165,000

To plan, design, purchase and install perimeter and playground area security fencing and gates at the New Mexico international school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($165,000 requested)

SANDIA HIGH SCHL FURNITURE                                                            $29,309

To plan, design, purchase, equip, furnish and install fixtures, furniture and related equipment for Sandia high school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($29,309 requested)

SOMBRA DEL MONTE ELEM SCHL GROUNDS                                   $36,779

To plan, design, construct and renovate the grounds, courtyard and improvements to facilities, including the purchase and installation of related equipment, fencing, shade structures, turf, outdoor benches, tables, drainage improvements and landscaping, at Sombra del Monte elementary school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($73,558 requested) 

UNM LIBRARY ENVIRONMENTS IMPROVE                                           $20,000

To purchase, equip and install improvements to library learning environments at the university of New Mexico in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($60,000 requested) 

VOLCANO VISTA HIGH SCHL STEM RESOURCES                               $20,000

To plan, design, construct, renovate, equip and install science, technology, engineering and mathematics materials, site improvements and fixtures, including the purchase of information technology and related equipment, furniture and infrastructure, at Volcano Vista high school in the Albuquerque public school district in Bernalillo county ($200,000 requested)

  

MUSEUMS/ THE ARTS                                                    $220,000

 ALB EXPLORA STEM PHASE 1B                                                              $50,000

To plan, design, construct and equip phase 1B of the cradle through career science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning campus, including design, construction, purchase and installation of exhibits, furnishings, equipment, information technology and related infrastructure, at the ¡Explora! science center and children's museum in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($3,000,000 requested)

 INDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTER MAKERSPACE                        $50,000

To acquire property and to plan, design, construct, equip and furnish an opportunity center and makerspace at the Indian pueblo cultural center in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($2,500,000 requested)

MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY & SCI FCLTY/EXHIBITS                $50,000

To plan, design, construct and equip a mobile exhibition hall and for upgrades to the site, exhibits and facilities at the New Mexico museum of natural history and science in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($2,200,000 requested)

NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CTR IMPROVE                                $50,000

To plan, design, construct, create, renovate, repair, furnish, equip and make improvements to the site, facilities, theaters, exhibits and buildings at the national Hispanic cultural center in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($1,000,000 requested)

ALB PUBLIC MURALS                                                                               $20,000

To plan, design and equip construction of outdoor public murals in Albuquerque in Bernalillo county ($300,000 requested)