In these times of partisan politics and declining budgets it is rare to see our elected leadership come together and stand united on any issue; in fact, it is unheard of. But this is New Mexico and miracles have been documented before in this Enchanted Land.
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard facilitated this miracle by successfully sponsoring House Memorial #79 calling for collaboration and coordination on a state-wide level to support, maintain and increase local business procurement by federal institutions.
Most people know that more business in New Mexico is good for everyone and support should be a no brainer. What most people do not know is that the National Nuclear Security Administration has a new procurement policy that is creating a shift from local purchasing to mandated use of national contracts negotiated by their procurement center based in Kansas City.
The negative impacts for New Mexico will include lost revenues, lost gross receipts tax, a reduction in local contracting opportunities at our national labs and environmental management sites and, potentially thousands of job losses.
Coupled with several resolutions at the local government level, House Memorial #79 allowed the LANL Major Subcontractor Consortium (LANL MSC) to visit the New Mexico Congressional Delegation in late February in Washington D.C., with the full support of our local and state elected leadership to begin the difficult work of generating policy change at the federal level.
The LANL-MSC owes a debt of gratitude to Rep. Garcia Richard not only for her relentless efforts in getting the House Memorial passed with very little time left in the session, but for her advocacy in communicating the significant importance of this policy change to her colleagues resulting in the Memorial being passed unanimously. Her leadership and tenacity in working for her region is refreshing and long-awaited and should go down in New Mexico History as a legislative miracle.