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Thu Apr 25, 2019, 04:00 AM

Governor seeks to reassure Facebook after PRC decision

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham made it clear Wednesday that she isn’t happy about a regulatory decision requiring Facebook to pay $39 million for a transmission line to help power the company’s massive data center in Los Lunas.

The 5-0 decision last week by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission – an independent, elected body – has triggered strong criticism from Facebook, state officials and others who say the $39 million bill wasn’t part of the original agreement enticing the company to build in New Mexico.

Lujan Grisham told hundreds of business leaders Wednesday that she cannot interfere with the PRC’s authority but that she’s been in contact with Facebook since the decision to reassure the company.

“I’ve reached out to Facebook,” she told an audience of about 300 people gathered for an Economic Forum breakfast in Albuquerque. “I made it really clear – somewhere is a solution.”

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/1306641/governor-reaches-out-to-facebook-after-prc-decision.html

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