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Martinez Signs $86M Public Works Bill

Gov. Susana Martinez announced today she has signed into law an $86.5 million package of public works projects around the state, but criticized lawmakers for not approving a longer list of projects.

The so-called capital outlay bill, which is funded almost entirely by severance tax bonds, includes funding for new State Police vehicles, new heating and cooling systems for three state-run prisons and renovations for various state government buildings.

Martinez, backed by business and labor groups, had pushed for a larger public works package totalling about $213 million during the special session that ended Sept. 24.

However, fiscal conservatives in the Senate shot down the proposal, arguing the state should keep some bond capacity in reserve for possible needs during the 2012 regular session.

The bill signed into law today, Senate Bill 10, marks the final piece of legislation from the special session that was awaiting action. In all, Martinez signed five of the nine bills passed by lawmakers during the special session. She vetoed four redistricting-related measures.

For a breakdown of the governor’s bill action, click here.