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 […]
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced the U.S. Senate has approved legislation that would help New Mexico close its budget gap with an eye toward preventing cuts to health care and teacher layoffs. Under the proposal, the state would receive an additional $126 million through Medicaid, which frees up this amount in state dollars […]
CNJ staff The Curry County Commission will hold a special meeting 9 a.m. today in the commission room at the courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is to vote on the 2010-2011 county budget.
Clovis City Commission is meeting in special session 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Library. The meeting is to vote on the city’s 2010-2011 budget. Also planned for discussion will be a cooperative agreement with the state transportation department for improvements to 21st Street.
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 […]
CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Interim Director Richard Arguello of Union County, center, directs the Eastern Plains Council of Governments meeting Wednesday at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. The board adopted a reduced budget that will eliminate almost a third of its staff. By Robin Fornoff: Content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost […]
By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Curry County Manager Lance Pyle is expected to present a revised budget plan today that would allow for 10 additional detention officers at the jail, as some commissioners have requested. Commissioners are meeting at 9 a.m. in the Commission Room at the courthouse. During a May 18 meeting in […]
By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners told County Manager Lance Pyle to reconfigure his proposed preliminary budget Tuesday and come back with the money to hire 10 new detention officers at the jail. Commissioners were expected to vote on both preliminary budget and jail issues at a meeting held at the Grady […]
Freedom New Mexico Texas’ next legislative session is nearly eight months away, but already analysts are predicting a revenue shortfall as high as $15 billion. More than half of our neighboring state’s general revenue funds are spent on education. Some state lawmakers have begun looking for ways to trim the education budget, and class size […]
The Clovis Municipal Schools board is meeting 5:30 p.m. May 25 to review the 2010-2011 school year budget, according to a legal notice. The meeting is open to the public and is being held at the administration office board room.
From left, Jessica Farkas, Hayley Hoggard, Austin Miller and Autumn Powers. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Yucca Middle School student Autumn Powers planned a wedding from top to the bottom. She compared prices of three vendors for everything from the tuxedo rentals, gowns, and flowers. Her attention to detail in planning the wedding and […]
By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education heard management’s initial suggestions Tuesday to cut $2.3 million from the district’s budget. Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano presented the board with a budget review for school year 2010-2011, pinpointing a $1.2 million decrease in state funding. Another $1 million worth of […]
By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Commissioners unanimously passed department budget cuts Tuesday at the advice of County Manager Lance Pyle, who said the money is needed to cover budget shortfalls. Cuts totaling $140,050 are intended to compensate for the loss of state money the county didn’t qualify for this year because of conflicting population […]
Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for Wednesday, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]
By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a […]
The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]
CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Curry County Road Department employee Calvin Davis prepares to shut down a blade at the end of Wednesday’s shift. State budget cuts are cutting into road projects the county had planned for this year. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County may have to postpone some of its road […]
Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]
By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County is projecting a $600,000 deficit this year because of dropping tax revenue. But at $200,000 less than the budgeted deficit, it’s actually better than expected. A 5.4 percent drop in gross receipts taxes contributed to the deficit, Finance Manager Mark Lansford told commissioners Tuesday. Additionally, a loss […]