NM Capital Projects Bill Headed To Martinez

Mar 13, 2013

A proposal financing $274 million worth of capital improvements across New Mexico has won final approval in the Legislature.

The projects range from state-owned building upgrades and school equipment to improving local athletic fields.

The measure goes to Gov. Susana Martinez, who's used her line-item veto powers to reject some individual projects in previous capital outlay measures. The governor has complained that lawmakers allocate some money for pet projects in their home districts rather than focusing on the state's highest priorities.

Included in the bill is nearly $11 million for state prison repairs, improvements and security upgrades, $6 million for voting equipment and $3 million for an access road to the state's spaceport.

The bill cleared the Legislature when it unanimously passed the House on Wednesday.

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