Muleshoe schools facelift up for vote

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Muleshoe residents will decide whether to fund a $25 million facelift for four schools in Saturday’s bond election. If approved, the school district’s tax rate would increase 37.5 cents per $100 taxable value for the life of bond, or $375 per year for a home valued at $100,000, according […]

Officials eyeball capital outlay requests

Marlena Hartz : CNJ Staff Writer State legislators climbed aboard a school bus Friday morning to learn more about a Clovis Municipals Schools funding request. School board members and school officials are requesting capital outlay funds for the creation of a performing arts building at the Bella Vista Elementary School campus. School officials estimate it […]

Committees to impose enrollment fee

by Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Republican majorities on the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees have voted to impose an enrollment fee of at least $230 a year on 2.4 million veterans — one of every three now eligible to use VA healthcare. Those targeted are in priority categories 7 and 8, meaning they are […]

Veterans Affairs budget ‘less friendly’

By Tom Philpott In years past, Bush administration proposals to charge low-priority VA healthcare users a $250 annual enrollment fee and higher co-payments on prescription drugs were declared dead on arrival on Capitol Hill. Not this year. The initiatives, to boost VA revenues by $424 million, appear to have survived a first vigorous round of […]