Council approves preliminary budget

By Eric Butler: PNT staff writer At a regular meeting of the Portales City Council Tuesday night, a preliminary budget for fiscal year 2009-10 was approved unanimously. The final budget, which will be preceded by a public meeting, won’t need to be passed until July. The projected revenue for the city is expected to be […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

Joint powers agreement, budget top city agenda

PNT staff report The city of Portales is expected to renew a Joint Powers Agreement with Portales Municipal Schools — part of a general agreement to share athletic facilities — at today’s Portales City Council meeting. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The Portales High School baseball and softball fields, as […]

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be

AF fiscal budget reflects rebalanced priorities

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced that its portion of the president’s fiscal 2010 budget reflects a balanced strategy to prevail in today’s joint fight and sustain air, space and cyberspace dominance. The two overarching principles guiding next year’s budget are rebalancing the […]

School board budget will decrease next year

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales Municipal Schools has a tentative budget of $22.2 million for next fiscal year, down $821,191 from this year. Board of Education members approved the tentative budget at their meeting Monday in the schools’ administration building. The district must submit a final budget by June 20. For the upcoming […]

Budget adjustment on school board agenda

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Monday, school board members are set to vote on adjusting the budget to use federal stimulus money and to hear a request for them to take a stance on the possibility of a zone change that would allow a restaurant to open near Portales High School. The meeting is […]

Veterans cheer Obama’s budget

By Tom Philpott: FNM columnist President Obama is drawing high praise from veterans’ service organizations for proposing a Department of Veterans Affairs budget that would exceed by $1.3 billion what even VSOs suggested be spent next year. No president before ever offered a VA spending plan that surpassed in size the “Independent Budget” presented to […]

Proposed algae plant to create 100 jobs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Portales will become home to an algae farm that produces biofuel and an estimated 100 new jobs for the region if the U.S. Senate passes a proposed budget bill. Nearly $1 million in funding for the project is included in the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill expected to […]

County takes big insurance premium hit

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Although Roosevelt County is spending about $64,000 more than estimated this fiscal year, the county manager said the budget adjustment is smaller than in the past. The Roosevelt County Commission approved mid-year budget adjustments Tuesday. This year’s largest increase was $35,931for law enforcement liability insurance. County Manager Charlene Hardin […]

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

Several issues iffy in Santa Fe

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican As if the state’s budget crunch wasn’t enough, lawmakers in the session starting Tuesday will tackle issues from the death penalty to gay marriage. Here’s a look at some key issues and their chances of surviving the next 60 days. Ethics reform It’s a hot topic — […]

Legislators brace for budget cutbacks

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By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Legislature starts Tuesday, and freshman Rep. Dennis Roch has heard, “that I have no idea how far behind I am already.” Or is he ahead of the curve? Roch, a Tucumcari Republican who was elected to fill the House seat left vacant by Brian K. Moore, […]

Budget prey to wasteful spending

By Paul Gessing: Guest columnist New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year. Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good […]

Legislators warn of short funds

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast not to get hopes up for various capital outlay projects. “I would love to fund […]

Nov. 7, 1946

One hundred thirty workers held a breakfast, then set out around town to raise Portales’ Community Chest budget, which had dropped dramatically from the year before from $12,000 to $3,850.

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

Raises highlight Portales school budget

By Sarah Meyer, PNT Staff Writer The Portales School Board will send its tentative budget to Santa Fe today. The board voted Monday to submit a $38,669,128 overall budget, including $22,898,455 in operating funds. The budget is about $1.2 million more than last year, said Carol Kriegshauser, director of finance. The budget includes a 3 […]

School board considering 3-4 percent teacher raises

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Nothing is set in stone yet, but Portales Municipal School employees could receive a 3 to 4 percent salary increase during the 2008-2009 school year, largely because of state mandates. The Portales School Board discussed the 2008-2009 budget during a special meeting on Monday night, but no action was […]

Governor vetoes capital outlay

SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson vetoed a $348 million capital outlay package on Wednesday and used his line-item veto powers to reject some legislator-backed projects in a $21 million budget measure. The governor took his action before a deadline in a dispute with the Legislature over the deadline for signing or vetoing the […]