ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez is back from a meeting with thePresident and other mayors about spending the nation's neweststimulus package.
Chavez said he's concerned with the where the money should go,and where the money should stay.
President Barack Obama signed the multibillion dollar stimuluspackage into reality on Tuesday.
Now comes the hard part, putting the money where it will do thecountry most good. Part of that responsibility is now on theshoulders of mayors across the nation.
"Now rebuilding our economies and renewing our cities is goingto require a true partnership between mayors and the WhiteHouse—and that partnership has to begin right now," Obamasaid.
The Albuquerque Mayor doesn't seem to mind the pressure.
"It's a problem started by our federal government, but localgovernments are going to be crucial in solving it," Chavezsaid.
Chavez is zeroing in on an open proposal that could hinder NewMexico's national laboratories.
He said the office of management budget could move labmanagement from the Department of Energy to the Department ofDefense.
"Their priorities legitimately are different than renewableenergy research, we know that renewable energy could be crucial,"Chavez said.
A move could mean the end of several research programs at bothof the state's labs.
"That one is important to Albuquerque. We could actually losejobs if it were to go into the Department of Defense," Chavez said."It means that there will be different emphasis, the Department ofDefense has a different mission."
Before leaving Washington Friday, Chavez made sure his concernswere heard. He said he spoke directly with the new secretary ofenergy.
The mayor said the laboratory proposal is still in its earlystages.
Chavez said another issuer he addressed in Washington wastransportation. He wants a rail transit system for Albuquerque.
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