Here’s where Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández plans to spend $11M in earmarks

By: - August 17, 2023 8:00 pm

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (left) and former Rep. Yvette Herrell speak (right) speak during an October 2022 candidate forum. Leger Fernández earmarked $11.1 million dollars to spend in her district after Congress passes the buget for next year.

Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández represents Congressional District 3, which spans the northern third of the state and alongside its eastern edge, stopping at Hobbs, Artesia and Roswell.

Last year, Leger Fernández received $23.5 million in earmarks for fiscal year 2023. Some of the largest projects included $4 million for improvements to Spider Rock Road in Taos, and $3 million each for a detox center in Taos; a home for women and children at Shiprock on the Navajo Nation; and for a film studio and education center in Raton.

Leger Fernández requested $20.1 million in Community Project Funds for fiscal year 2024. The earmarks in the Appropriation Committee’s bills cut that request nearly in half, allocating $11.1 million, Source NM found.

The largest earmark out of the allocation is just over $1 million for building a convention center in Questa. Leger Fernández originally requested $2.5 million for the project.

The bills allocate $1 million to two other projects. One would build an animal shelter in Crownpoint. The other would repair sports facilities and make other improvements to Filemon Sanchez Park in Taos, described in the request as in a “major state of disrepair.”

Leger Fernández did not provide a response on Community Project Funds. We’ll update if her office responds.

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Danielle Prokop
Danielle Prokop

Danielle Prokop covers the environment and local government in Southern New Mexico for Source NM. Her coverage has delved into climate crisis on the Rio Grande, water litigation and health impacts from pollution. She is based in Las Cruces, New Mexico.