Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Museum Fund Quest.

Byline: Morgan Lee Journal Staff Writer

* Passage of a bond issue would have helped renovate and expand the Palace of the Governors

Legislators, museum administrators and lobbyists are redoubling efforts to overhaul and expand the state history museum known as the Palace of the Governors after a bond referendum failed to deliver funding in November.

The federal government already has earmarked $10 million in matching funds for the museum renovation and annexation and a special endowment currently holds $680,000 in private donations to the project.

But New Mexico voters turned down an opportunity to supply $8.5 million to the project with general obligation bonds at the November referendum. …

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