Keeping fees means cutting force

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If Congress blocks Defense Department plans to raise TRICARE fees for military retirees and beneficiary co-pays on drug prescriptions filled off base, the services will have to make even deeper cuts in force strength than now planned, the military’s top health official told lawmakers last week. “Given the constraints of the Budget Control Act, if [...]

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 [...]

Officials: Position cuts don’t mean job losses

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Christina Calloway Cannon Air Force Base will be cutting 53 civilian positions but a spokesperson said Thursday that doesn’t mean 53 people will lose their jobs. According to a press release from Cannon public affairs, 26 of the jobs being eliminated were already vacant and hadn’t been filled. Of the remaining 27 people being affected [...]

Missions reflect truth in defense cuts

Where’s the peace dividend? American troops now are mostly out of Iraq. And their numbers are declining in Afghanistan, with about a third of the 98,000 troops scheduled to come home by summer. Yet, defense spending is not declining despite tough budget times and a federal deficit of $1.3 trillion for fiscal year 2011-12. This [...]

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 [...]

Cuts to TRICARE Prime proposed

Tom Philpott Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has advised the 12-member Joint Select Committee on Debt Reduction to consider ending access to TRICARE Prime, the military’s popular managed care option, for working-age retirees and their families, to avoid spending cuts that would directly impact readiness. Unless at least seven of 12 super committee members agree on [...]

Press release: AIR FORCE CUTS AFFECT 49 CIVILIAN POSITIONS AT CANNON

(From U.S. Air Force) CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – On Nov. 2 the Air Force announced several adjustments to the civilian workforce.

Obama plan over-taxes wealthy

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama wants to correct government overspending by over-taxing. He is proposing a combination of cuts and tax increases, the latter accomplished by setting his sights on those earning $250,000 and up. We’ve heard Obama’s class warfare rhetoric before. That may be why the president deemed it necessary to deny the [...]

Tax reform, cuts would provide economic push

Freedom Newspapers Tax reform is in the air. One proposal floating around is to eliminate or reduce the tax deduction for home mortgage interest. About 35 million homeowners use the deduction to reduce their yearly tax bills. The total deduction amounts to about $131 billion a year. During the recent wrangling in Washington over the [...]

Upward Bound leaders concerned about budget cuts

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Upward Bound summer program participant Zachary Martinez studies at Eastern New Mexico University Monday. This is the last week of the program for high school freshmen through juniors, while seniors who have graduated are to continue for one more week. Argen Duncan Leaders of the Upward Bound program, which aims [...]