Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

Official: Base should do well despite cuts

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Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base should survive military budget cuts in better shape than many other bases across the country, says Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler, fresh from a three-day conference with Air Force top brass. Chandler said Friday that he sees continued growth for Cannon because its […]

Official: Base should do well despite cuts

CNJ staff Cannon Air Force Base should survive military budget cuts in better shape than many other bases across the country, says Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler, fresh from a three-day conference with Air Force top brass. Chandler said Friday that he sees continued growth for Cannon because its mission fits in with the new […]

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Cuts coming out of defense budget

The “super committee” that Congress and President Obama created in August to make tough budget choices and slow America’s runaway debt has left military people confused and divided over whether to cheer for its success or pray for its failure as its Thanksgiving deadline nears. Success will be achieved if seven of 12 lawmakers on […]

ENMU Constitution Week ends with discussion panel

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University faculty member Dan Acheson-Brown, right, shares his thoughts on a Balanced Budget Amendment Friday afternoon at a Constitution Day discussion panel at ENMU as his colleague Donald Elder listens. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University ended Constitution Week with their own Constitution Day as they held […]

Cut in spending should be focus of budget deal

Freedom New Mexico This weekend, debt-ceiling wrangling in Washington remained stuck — a hash of politics (proposals are tied to 2012 election impact); ideology and principle (the rich should pay more; spending should be cut; the budget must balance); an attempt to solve everything at once with every possible remedy (see “politics”) and, as always, […]

Debt showdown: An interactive story on the federal budget (update)

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

Jail tops county departments in budget growth

Sharna Johnson The jail tops other Curry County departments in budget growth with the county commission leading the way for growth of expense budgets. In the last five years — with a 33 percent increase — the jail has the largest growing budget among Curry County departments. With a growth rate of a little more […]

Street work, extra pay period part of budget increase

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, during its May 26 meeting, approved a preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, totaling $42.22 million A quick look at the budget, which was due to the state’s department of finance and administration before June: What’s the difference between the last two budgets? The preliminary 2010-11 budget was […]

Street fund shows biggest increase in preliminary city budget

Kevin Wilson The Clovis City Commission, during its May 26 meeting, approved a preliminary budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year, totaling $42.22 million A quick look at the budget, which was due to the state’s department of finance and administration before June: What’s the difference between the last two budgets? The preliminary 2010-11 budget was […]

School board passes budget with $11 million increase

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education approved a budget with an increase of more than $11 million Tuesday, despite budget cuts to education across New Mexico. The 2011-2012 budget was approved at $115,633,295. The 2010-2011 budget totaled $104,492,504. CMS Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano said the increase is due largely to the […]

School board to discuss budget

CNJ staff Clovis Municipal Schools board of education will be meeting Tuesday to discuss the budget. The meeting will be held at noon in the district’s administration building board room. The board plans to approve the budget after a review of various budget documents. The board will also look ahead at a five-year budget summary.

Commissioners approve preliminary budget

Sharna Johnson In a unanimous vote Tuesday, commissioners approved a $12.1 million preliminary budget for Curry County despite concerns over the jail’s out-of-county housing costs, commissioner expense budgets and oversight of capital outlay purchases. The final budget has to be approved and submitted to the state by the end of July. During a presentation of […]

Budget cuts could come at troops’ expense

As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. But history tells us that Congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers […]

Commissioners to give county manager budget guidance

Sharna Johnson In a break from tradition, Curry County Commissioners will host a budget workshop during a special meeting Thursday to hear the needs and wishes of department heads and elected officials for the coming fiscal year. After hearing the requests, commissioners are expected to give the county manager guidance on which items will be […]

CCC board of trustees to discuss budget

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College board of trustees will hold its monthly meeting 8 a.m. today in room 512. The board plans to discuss a proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, Higher Education Department Fiscal Watch Report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, a Labor Management Relations Board, the academic calendar and […]

Official: Schools finding ways to do more with less

Liliana Castillo With an overall budget cut and a cut to the per student funding, educators in Curry County are trying to find ways to do more with less. Per student funding will decrease by $126 under the new state budget. General budget funding will be cut 2.2 percent. Combined, that’s a 3.4 percent hit. […]