Press release: Ute pipeline funding missing from proposed 2012 budget

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased that the Obama administration is making water projects and public lands initiatives in New Mexico a priority in his 2012 budget proposal. Congress will use this budget proposal as a blueprint when it develops the spending bills that will fund the federal government next […]

Editorial: Nation needs budget cuts, not investments

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama suggested freezing spending on a small fraction of the federal budget and making a few cuts. But, as the National Taxpayers’ Union calculated, the plan actually would add a net $21 billion in spending. And that’s before the unknown costs of seven other major State […]

Legislators must focus on budget

Budget cuts seem to be foremost in everyone’s mind these days — everyone it seems but our elected officials. Budget cutting seemed to get short shrift during the President’s State of the Union address this week. The words investment came up quite a bit, which I’m sure is political code for “spending.” Federal lawmakers aren’t […]

Letter to the editor: Slashing public services not budget remedy

Slashing public services not budget remedy Stephanie Maez-Gibson, communications director for the Center for Civic Policy, responds to an article in Wednesday’s PNT: In a recent piece Paul Gessing gets it wrong when he states that New Mexico public services can continue to be slashed. Our teachers are already forced to purchase their own school […]

Legislators prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

Area lawmakers plan budget priorities

New Mexicans can’t expect smart budget building without smart prioritization. With that in mind, Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis asked, what’s our No. 1 priority? Education, one voice said. Job creation, a few seconds later. Don’t raise taxes on small businesses. Health care, too. With that, the last 20 seconds of Thursday’s legislative breakfast summed up […]

Proposal raises costs for military

Tom Philpott Military personnel and federal civilian workers would see pay levels frozen for three years and their out-of-pocket medical costs rise under a proposed plan to cut federal budget deficits by $200 billion a year by 2015. The 58-part “illustrative” plan was unveiled Wednesday by former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson (Wyo.) and Erskine Bowles, […]

Scrapbooking tips featured

Sheryl Borden Information on scrapbooking, self-improvement and budget-friendly turkey meals will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Tyleen Caffrey, an independent scrapbooking consultant, talks about preserving memories in order to leave a legacy as she shows how to develop a one-of-a-kind “lifebook.” She’s from Clovis. Judi Moreo […]

Area educators discuss budget concerns

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State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and unpaid furloughs for teachers. Over 50 district superintendents and school board members — the Eastern New Mexico Educational Research Council — gathered at Portales High School to discuss […]

Budget proposal raises premiums

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department’s fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The […]

Revenues weaken, more state budget cuts loom

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration said Wednesday it will cut spending on state programs and services, including public schools, by about 3 percent to help erase a budget shortfall caused by lower-than-expected revenues in the newly started fiscal year. Katherine Miller, secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration, said […]

Budget redecorating featured on show

Sheryl Borden Information on budget re-decorating, communication techniques, and making vintage jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Lacy Jones will talk about several ways to redecorate any room in the house without spending a lot of money. She starts by telling clients to “de-clutter and […]

City officials share proposals for meeting Portales’ future water needs

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By Jared Tucker: PNT staff writer The expansion of Cannon AFB and the city budget were discussed during Tuesday’s chat with city officials, but water issues flooded most of the meeting. City officials shared with citizens several proposals to address the city’s long-term water supply needs. Portales Mayor Sharon King said Portales is currently self […]

EPCOG approves budgets, cuts staff

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost a third of its staff Wednesday while approving a significantly reduced budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The EPCOG board approved the $1.9 million budget at its annual meeting held at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. It’s a $3.5 million bottom-line reduction […]

Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would […]

Ingle: More data needed to pass budget

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the Legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for today, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Special session in store

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Press release: Bingaman says president’s budget proposal invests in NM. military bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he believes President Obama’s budget proposal for next year makes the right investments in New Mexico’s military installations. The president today unveiled his 2011 budget, which Congress will use as a blueprint for the spending bills it will pass later this year to fund the federal government. […]