State senators talk priorities at Fuller Lodge

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By Tris DeRoma

State senators representing Los Alamos also weighed in at the Legislative Preview Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
Carlos Cisneros assured those in attendance that this legislative session will be a “relatively smooth” one, one that promises much success for his legislation as well as for those of his colleagues, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and senator Richard Martinez.
For one thing, for the first time in a long time there’s a budget surplus.
“As we emerge from this recession, we are finally beginning to see a little bit of light at the end of this tunnel,” Cisneros said. “It’s taken us four years to get through this recession and start to see some positive revenues coming into the state coffers.”
He said this should really help the state’s early childhood initiatives, of which should receive about $35 million in funding this year.
Cisneros also praised Garcia Richard for her work on the lottery scholarship fund. Though he added the fund is funded for this year, he warned if a fix does not happen by next year, the fund will truly be in trouble —and so will New Mexico’s students.

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