AUGUSTA  — This year’s legislative session is notable for something Maine lawmakers didn’t do – send a bond package to voters.

Lawmakers submitted 29 bills seeking bonds for a range of projects including railroads, clean water and sewer upgrades, energy efficiency and roads and bridges during the session that’s winding down now. But a decision was made to set them all aside this year and carry them over for reconsideration during next year’s session.

Maine’s long-term debt, especially in the state retirement system, has been a front-burner issue in the State House this year. So legislative leaders saw no urgency to send voters more borrowing proposals.

Republican Rep. Patrick Flood of Winthrop, House chair of the Appropriations Committee, said today that lawmakers are trying to be conservative in state spending.