Democrats Pass 1st Jobs Bill of 2016 Legislative Session
Democratic Jobs Bill PASSES House
Water Infrastructure Reinvestment Act is the first jobs bill to pass House of Representatives
SANTA FE – Today on the House floor, House Bill 134, the Water Infrastructure Reinvestment Act, became the first job creating bill to pass the House of Representatives on the 21st day of the 2016, 30-day legislative session. The Water Infrastructure Reinvestment Act, sponsored by Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Taos), appropriates $3 million to the Local Government Planning Fund to be matched with Federal dollars providing municipalities the ability to reinvest and support local water infrastructure projects increasing public health and strengthening local economies.
“This fund assists water and waste water projects, and allows municipalities to apply for grants that assist them with federal funding to bring infrastructure and economic development to communities and municipalities,” state Representative Roberto “Bobby” Gonzales (D-Taos). “It also brings in construction, which equates to jobs and most importantly, more efficiency with our water and waste water systems. This bill is a win-win for New Mexico.”
The Infrastructure Reinvestment Act, provides grants specifically for water or wastewater public projects, water conservation plans, economic development plans to critical infrastructure. A similar measure passed in 2015 resulted in the completion of 43 water infrastructure projects and generated $9 million in economic development. This is the first job creating bill to pass the House of Representatives in the 2016, 30-day legislative session.