Legislature: $200 Million In Small Business Relief Headed To Governor’s Desk In Egolf/Chandler Bill


A House Democratic priority, $200 million in COVID-19 relief for New Mexico’s small businesses, is now headed to the desk of Governor Lujan Grisham, following the House of Representatives’ concurrence today with the Senate’s amendments to the bill. 

Sponsored by Rep. Christine Chandler (D-Los Alamos) and Speaker of the House Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Sante Fe), House Bill 11 delivers immediate economic assistance to thousands of struggling small businesses in the state. 

“Moving quickly to get relief to the New Mexico businesses hardest hit by COVID-19 has been our top priority this session, so we are happy to concur on the Senate’s sensible amendments to this bill and send it on to the Governor’s desk,” said Rep. Chandler. 

“Since the first day of session, House Democrats have been focused on one thing – recovery, recovery, recovery,” said Speaker Egolf. “The fact that this bill is the first from the House to hit the Governor’s desk is evidence of that commitment, and we look forward to getting these relief payments to New Mexico’s small businesses in short order.” 

The Senate Floor amendments to House Bill 11 include language removing provisions that would allow GRT from the construction of LEDA projects to be reinvested in the LEDA program, and the bill remains focused on providing $200 million in relief to small businesses. 

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