Bond D will have positive impact

As presidents of Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University, we want to outline the benefits of General Obligation Bond D in the Nov. 2 General Election, and why it makes sense to the citizens of Curry and Roosevelt counties. The cost of Bond D is very reasonable. The owner of a $100,000 assessed […]

Congress passes benefits package

It’s unusual for Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to help thousands of veterans with a final legislative sprint that leaves veterans’ service organizations wondering what just happened. But that’s what the Senate and House did last week. After a burst of closed-door compromises, they agreed to and separately passed the Veterans’ Benefits Act of […]

Panel told not to cut vet benefits

Advocates for military retirees and veterans urged a bipartisan commission studying ways to end runaway budget deficits not to lump military-earned benefits in with other entitlements eyed for cost controls. “There’s a fundamental difference between social insurance programs open to every American and military benefits earned by decades of service and sacrifice,” Steve Strobridge, director […]

Easing taxes on corporations benefits economy

As the U.S. economy pops its nose up out of the whirlpool of recession, every effort should be made to keep from going back under, for a “double dip” recession. A major area of action should be the high tax rates paid by U.S. corporations. Although corporations are attacked for having “excess” profits, every dollar […]

Health reform protects military benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Republican lawmakers raised the specter of military families and survivors of veterans seeing health care costs rise as a result of the national health reform law that President Obama signed March 23. But the threat was never more than a notion and it is fading away. That’s the consensus among […]

Military increasing awareness of benefits

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Despite billions of additional dollars pumped into veterans’ benefits in recent years, many military personnel still leave service unaware of their VA benefits or of programs set up to help them transition to civilian life, a senior Defense official and veteran advocates testified Wednesday. Noel C. Koch, deputy under secretary […]

Experts say farmers will see benefits of wet winter within weeks

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Freedom New Mexico: Chris Schmaedeke Tucumcari farmer Jack Smith shows how much snow he still has on his field. Smith believes all the snow should help this harvest season. By Chris Schmaedeke: Freedom New Mexico Area farmers may not be seeing the benefits of a wet winter now, but they will in a few weeks, […]

Home delivery of pharmacy benefits saves money

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military retirees and families will save themselves some cash — and save TRICARE a whole lot of money — by using their “home delivery” pharmacy benefit instead of filling prescriptions at TRICARE retail outlets. Pharmacy officials are doing whatever they can to drive that message home to 7.5 million users […]

N.M. overpays unemployment benefits

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — State officials say unemployment benefits were accidentally doubled for thousands of unemployed New Mexicans. Overpayments went out around 6 a.m. Monday, but the state Department of Workforce Solutions became aware of the problem by 9:30 a.m. and worked to reverse the overpaid amounts. The agency says about 9,000 direct-deposit recipients […]

Bingaman highlights benefits of health insurance reform bill for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today pointed to the many provisions in the health insurance reform legislation that would benefit New Mexicans. In a speech on the Senate floor, Bingaman said the measure that merged the work of two Senate committees would help make health care more affordable for families and small businesses, and […]