SANTA FE, N.M. — The governing board of the Santa Fe Community College on Thursday finally got to face the agency blocking its plans to construct a voter-approved Higher Education Center.
What resulted was a continuing dispute over what the law requires to approve the construction, and a lingering question of whether the administration of Gov. Susana Martinez may oppose the project.
Asked directly whether he thought the center was a good idea, Higher Education Secretary Jose Garcia wouldn’t answer. Instead, he told the board that he has to distinguish between what’s good for “Santa Fe or for the entire system as a whole.”
“The governor has said she wants to stop the proliferation of buildings and campuses and branches and twigs and what have you to make sure you as taxpayers get the bang for your buck,” Garcia said.