Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Richardson Urges Council to Vote for CSF

Gov. Bill Richardson just released this statement on tonight's City Council vote.

John Sena's story on the vote is HERE.

Gov. Bill Richardson is urging Santa Fe City Councilors to approve several measures aimed at saving the College of Santa Fe and will attend tonight’s city council meeting to speak in support of the proposals.

“Tonight’s vote is critical to the future of the College of Santa Fe and I want to personally assure the city council that the State of New Mexico is a committed partner in this endeavor to save the school,” Gov. Richardson said.

The Santa Fe City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on a measure that will allow the city to purchase the college’s campus, with support from the Governor’s Office, and lease it to Laureate Education. The proposed partnership developed out of the Governor’s College of Santa Fe Task Force which he convened earlier this year to develop a plan to save the financially troubled college.

The governor has committed up to $11 million in state and federal funds for the project: $5 million in funds authorized to the General Services Department for a land purchase that the governor is urging the legislature to reauthorize for a similar purchase at the College of Santa Fe, $4 million in the governor’s discretionary federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and $2 million in federal economic development funding.