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Lawmakers Holding Talks On Capital Outlay Bill

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New Mexico legislative leaders say talks are underway to try to forge a compromise on a funding bill for building work and other projects across the state.

The regular session ended without agreement on a capital outlay bill amid partisan finger-pointing, but the Santa Fe New Mexican reports that leaders of the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-controlled House hope to reach an agreement.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez and House Speaker Don Tripp said they've talked with each other and that Legislative Finance Committee aides are working on possible legislation.

Gov. Susana Martinez could call a special session to consider the issue, and a spokesman said Martinez and her staff have participated in talks to find a solution.

Major business groups have urged lawmakers to pass a capital outlay bill. The funding goes to senior centers, public education, state parks, wastewater treatment facilities and many more projects. See the full list here.