New Mexico Gov. Martinez signs capital spending bill

LAS CRUCES (AP) – New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has signed a capital spending bill that includes around $45 million for needed highway infrastructure projects.

The Republican governor signed Wednesday the $294 million measure at St. Luke’s Health Care Clinic in Las Cruces and said it would be seen as a “job-creation bill.”

She vetoed around $1.1 million in projects – many she said weren’t fully funded.

Last week, the GOP-controlled House and the Democratic-led Senate passed the capital spending bill following a four-hour special session that came after an agreement between Martinez and Senate Democrats.

The capital bill, which pays for roads, school improvements and water projects, came after months of negotiations and partisan squabbling that drew fire from unions, mayors and business leaders.

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