Educators seek budget solutions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Dennis Roch talked about the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and its plans for education at the meeting Saturday. Liliana Castillo State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and […]

Childcare assistance cuts raising concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis’ ABC Developmental Care Center Director Kisty Gartner said she is concerned about recent cuts to state childcare assistance and what it could mean down the road for working families who need help paying for childcare. Sharna Johnson Recent cuts in state childcare assistance money and the potential for more […]

Postponing vote on tax cuts lame decision

Freedom New Mexico Accountability took a back seat this week when Democrats in control of Congress decided to postpone voting on extension of the Bush tax cuts until after the Nov. 2 election. We prefer elected officials to be as accountable as possible. Delaying a vote on extending the tax cuts, which expire Jan. 1, […]

USPS not making necessary cuts

It’s no secret the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I have been publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions. Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our […]

Congressmen should consider cuts

I learned to swim a few weeks ago, but I still stay in the shallow end of the pool. I think I’ll stay in the shallow end of these arguments as well: • It looks like the new victim of attacks from Congress is the public employee, and the unions that help them acquire pensions […]

Revenues weaken, more state budget cuts loom

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 […]

EPCOG approves budget, cuts staff

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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 […]

Education still top priority

By Steven Gamble: Guest columnist As president of Eastern New Mexico University, it is my responsibility to keep the public informed concerning the financial well-being of our institution. We at Eastern fully understand the condition of the New Mexico economy and the necessity for funding cuts in virtually all areas of state government. We agree […]

Commissioners cut budgets

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 […]

Commissioners to consider $140,000 in cuts to county departments

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners are expected to consider cuts totaling more than $140,000 to county departments during today’s meeting. The Curry County Sheriff’s Office would receive the largest cut, losing $36,000, including some intended for a vehicle, new equipment, vehicle repairs and other items. Under the proposal, the maintenance department […]