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Before adjourning last month, legislators signed off on a hefty capital outlay bill that set aside $760,000 for five projects for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, including money for the purchase of vehicles, infrared cameras and an armored vehicle.
But those projects were among more than 500 vetoed by Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on March 11 due to concerns over the global financial crisis.
“Given the volatility in global oil markets and global economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the governor took a cautious approach to General Fund capital appropriations, vetoing some projects in a fiscally prudent move,” the governor’s spokeswoman wrote in a news release about the spending bill.