Press release: Udall: N.M. receives $1 million to expand nutrition aid for low-income seniors

Obesity battle should start with cafeterias

Freedom New Mexico Childhood obesity has been a growing problem for several years. One of the biggest battles regarding the issue has been in school cafeterias, which must deal with the conflicting problems of low income and overconsumption. Because of predominant low household incomes, some public school districts provide free breakfasts and lunches to all […]

USDA enhances integrity and defensibility of farm programs

WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is partnering with the Internal Revenue Service to reduce fraud in farm programs and streamlining payment limits for family farmers. The actions are intended to strengthen the integrity and defensibility of USDA farm safety net programs and help the agricultural industry to […]

AARP seeking volunteers to help with income taxes

CNJ staff AARP is seeking volunteers statewide to help others with their income taxes. All volunteers are trained in basic tax law and tax forms as well as how to use computers and software. Volunteers use their knowledge, along with computers and software provided to prepare tax returns for others. Volunteers are asked to serve […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Everybody’s business: The loss, profit game

By Sandra Taylor-Sawyer: CNJ business columnist In order to make good management decisions, the usage and regular review of monthly financial statements are necessary tasks. The two basic financial statements are the balance sheet and the profit and loss (income) statement. The profit and loss statement is the focus for this article. The income statement […]

Bingaman bill would help strengthen Medicaid, save taxpayer dollars

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.

Udall: Federal grant will allow 3,800 New Mexico students to earn college credit

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today announced that New Mexico will be receiving $98,800 to pay for low-income students to take Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.

New Mexico’s school breakfast program receives top national ranking

New Mexico has been ranked 1st in the nation for low-income student participation in the school breakfast program, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard, released in January by the Food Research and Action Center. Statewide, 62.9 percent of eligible low-income children participated in the school breakfast program, the top ranking in the country. The national […]

VA health enrollment will increase

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist An estimated 258,000 middle-income veterans with no service-connected health conditions will be allowed by late June to enroll in the VA health care system.