Lawmaker proposes using permanent fund to fix state budget

Trip Jennings As state lawmakers begin to debate where to cut spending or raise revenue, one legislator suggests a third way to plug New Mexico’s sizable budget shortfall. New Mexico sits on a huge pot of money called the permanent funds, made up of minerals royalties and other revenues. Why not take advantage of that [...]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. A

Today’s focus: Mrs. A Household members: 3 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Mr. and Mrs. A just moved to Clovis due to Mr. A losing his job in another state with high unemployment. Her holiday hope:

Empty stocking fund: Miss M

Today’s focus: Miss M Household members: 4 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Miss M. is a single mother. Due to the health issues that she is experiencing, she has missed a lot of days at work, meaning less money to pay bills. Her holiday hope: Wants to have a good Christmas and feel well. Clothing needs: [...]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. S

Today’s focus: Mrs. S Household members: 4 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Mrs. S is look for a job and her unemployment has run out. Her holiday hope: To have a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirt size 14/16 girls. Toys list: Doll, doll accessories, craft supplies for a 6 year old and learning toys. [...]

Empty stocking fund: Mrs. T

Today’s focus: Mrs. T Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Mrs. T’s husband has been out of work since September due to an injury and had surgery in October. Her holiday hope: For her children to have gifts. Clothing needs: Pants size 16 boys, shirt size XL boys and shoe size 8 mens; pants [...]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. W

Today’s focus: Ms. W Household members: 4 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Ms. W. has a child who has been sick and she had to quit her job to care for the child, but she has now started back to work. Her holiday hope: Wants to have a great Christmas. Clothing needs: Shirt and pants size [...]

Empty Stocking Fund: Mrs. G

• Today’s Focus: Mrs. G • Household members: 4 • Children: 3 • Special Circumstance: Mrs. G. and her family had to leave their house in May because of black mold. They had to start all over because everything had to be thrown away. Her twins are very ill because of the mold. One of [...]

Empty stocking fund: Ms. A

Today’s focus: Ms. A Household members: 6 Children: 2 Special circumstance: Ms. A is working but not making enough to support her children. She now lives with her parents to help make her earnings go farther. Her holiday hope: To have enough for a good Christmas. Clothing needs: Pants and shirts size 12 girls and [...]

Empty stocking fund: Miss S

Today’s focus: Miss S Household members: 6 Children: 4 Special circumstance: Miss S’ daughter and grandchildren have been living with her ex-husband. When he lost his job, her daughter and grandchildren moved back in with her. Now she has extra people this Christmas living with her. Her holiday hope: To enjoy being with her grandchildren. [...]

Empty stocking fund: Mr. and Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Mr. and Mrs. S Household members: 5 Children: 3 Special circumstance: Mr. S is having a hard time finding full time work, since his wife Mrs. S has cancer and needs transportation to doctor visits. They are having a hard time paying bills. Their holiday hope: They want the best for their children [...]