Taxpayer group tracks cost of Obama proposals

President Barack Obama outlined a litany of proposals in his State of the Union address that he said would have a positive economic impact on the United States. As expected, his approaches would require substantial government spending, the commitment of taxpayer dollars. If Obama were successful in implementing all the programs he proposed last week, [...]

Meetings watch: ENMU Board of Regents

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Alisa Boswell At an Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents meeting Wednesday in Santa Fe, board members: Elected Randy Harris as president of the board; Brett Leach as vice president; and Santana Chavez as secretary/treasurer. Heard a report from Steven Gamble on his goals for 2012 and a report on the cost-saving initiatives under [...]

Farmers, not government should set policy on resource management

Years ago (after the 1950s drought broke him) my father had a business helping other ranchers get rid of invasive saguaro cactus. It was set up so the government helped with the cost, although I don’t know the details. He had two tractors and other equipment. They dug the plants up. Since the government was [...]

Marcelle and Ruby Go Shopping: A mother and daughter buy back-to-school duds that aren’t duds at all

Tricia Romano If there’s one thing about the new school year that kids love and parents don’t, it’s shopping for clothes. As children get into their tweens and teens, fashion and trends play a bigger part in their lives. But single mom Marcelle Karp, of New York City, satisfies her child’s sense of style without [...]

Measure could cost commissaries

Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine Corps master sergeant who has fought for years to win government-funded health care for families exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, doesn’t want the measure passed if, to pay for it, Congress would gut the military’s prized commissary benefit. Critics contend that’s what the Caring for Camp Lejeune Veterans [...]

United Way offers help with prescription cost assistance

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Liliana Castillo United Way of Eastern New Mexico can help connect people with prescription drug cost assistance. Volunteers at the nonprofit have been trained on a computer program that allows them to help people apply for assistance through several assistance programs. Erinn Burch, executive director of UW, said most pharmaceutical companies have an assistance program [...]

ENMU alumni shrimp boil rescheduled

CNJ staff The Alumni Affairs office of Eastern New Mexico University has rescheduled its annual Alumni Shrimp Boil for 6 p.m. on Aug. 13. at the Yam Theatre in Portales. It was originally scheduled for June 11. The cost is $30 per person, and proceeds go toward scholarships for high school seniors planning to attend [...]

TRICARE young adult fees costly

Adult children of military members and retirees now can buy TRICARE health insurance coverage out to age 26, and that coverage can be purchased back to Jan. 1 this year. The cost is steep, however, with the premium set at $186 a month for coverage under the fee-for-service TRICARE Standard plan or the preferred provider [...]

Their view: Proposed legislation could cost you more

William Jacobs, chairman of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico, and Sylvia Lyon, CEO, Credit Union Association of New Mexico are concerned about possible legislation that would place caps on the amount credit unions receive on debit transactions. If new legislation passes, large retailers could pocket more of your hard-earned money and force your [...]

Cost-saving proposals target VA

The House Budget Committee, chaired by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has told a veterans’ group it is studying a plan to save $6 billion annually in VA health care costs by cancelling enrollment of any veteran who doesn’t have a service-related medical condition and is not poor. Committee Republicans, searching for ways to curb federal [...]