As defense budgets grew over the past decade, Congress shrugged off complaints of runaway military health costs and blocked every proposal from the Bush administration to raise TRICARE fees sharply on retirees. Defense budgets have stopped rising, however, and Defense officials today are sounding more confident that Congress will follow last October’s $5-a-month bump in [...]
By Tom Philpott: FNNM columnist The new secretary of Veterans Affairs, retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, got a recent tour of the paperwork battlefield on which VA claim adjudicators serve every day.
By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico With the state facing a $384 million shortfall this year, Gov. Bill Richardson said he plans to save $400 million by slashing state agency budgets. Richardson was in Clovis Thursday outlining his priorities for next week’s legislative session, part of a two-day, six stop-tour across the state that started [...]