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 [...]