Senator discusses the president’s budget proposal and the future of campaign finance reform

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, today talked with radio reporters from around the state about key components of President Obama’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 including the outlook for the National Nuclear Security Administration which oversees New Mexico’s labs, the Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA and the Indian Health Services. He also […]

Press release: Bingaman discusses Obama’s 2011 budget proposal

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico reports about the president’s fiscal year 2011 budget proposal and how it will benefit New Mexico. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link:

Press release: Bingaman: White House budget highlights health care, education

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today voiced strong support for President Obama’s health care and education priorities for next year. The White House today unveiled its fiscal year 2011 budget proposal, which among other things highlights how completing work on health insurance reform can provide major savings. The president’s proposal includes the enactment of […]

Press release: Bingaman says president’s budget proposal invests in NM. military bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he believes President Obama’s budget proposal for next year makes the right investments in New Mexico’s military installations. The president today unveiled his 2011 budget, which Congress will use as a blueprint for the spending bills it will pass later this year to fund the federal government. […]

Budget takes top billing for Legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexco Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut

Budget cuts, tax hikes on horizon

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican There’s a mountain of need in New Mexico. The problem is, there’s only a molehill of money to meet those needs. The state faces a projected budget deficit of $600 million or more next year. This is what the Legislature is up against when […]

Letters to the editor: Health reform hard to comprehend

Health reform hard to comprehend The Congressional Budget Office has issued its report on the “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output as of September 2009.” This document contains 11 pages and analyzes the impact of the economic stimulus. Page two contains the following nugget of information: • […]

Richardson orders furloughs to deal with budget

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered five furlough days for workers in executive branch agencies under his control. Richardson made the announcement as he signed bills Thursday to help the state deal with a $650 million budget shortfall. The governor signed a budget-cutting bill but used his […]

Letter to the editor: Weh understands concept of budget

Weh understands concept of budget I met New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh several weeks ago, and I was thoroughly impressed. He’s a combat veteran of the Marine Corps, and he runs a very successful business out of Albuquerque. What’s more is he believes state government should be run like a business. That sounds like […]

Board approves $600,000 worth of cuts for current school year

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education unanimously approved $600,000 worth of budget cuts to the 2009-2010 school year and $500,000 worth of cuts to the 2010-2011 budget during Tuesday’s special board meeting. The cuts were suggested by administration after the Legislature handed down budget decreases to education during […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

No jobs will be lost in CMS proposed budget cuts

Dear Staff, Parents, and Community Members, For the last few weeks, a letter has occupied this space telling you about the money that wastaken from the public education budget this year and replaced with stimulus monies that willdisappear at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Our concern is that the legislature will not address […]

School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district. Seidenwurm said each site or department with a […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back to the House […]

House OKs bill cutting education funding

By Deborah Baker and Barry Massey SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in recession-wracked New Mexico who are trying to wrap up a special legislative session gave final approval to several deficit reduction bills and moved closer to deciding how much to cut schools and state agencies. They’re trying to fill a $650 million hole […]

First budget fix bill goes to NM governor

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press

Prospects dim for tax hikes to plug N.M. budget hole

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Prospects for tax hikes during New Mexico’s special legislative session dimmed even further as a House panel rejected several tax bills. The House rules committee decided Monday that tax increases could not be considered because Gov. Bill Richardson did not put them on the agenda for the special session. A […]

Local leaders: Session shouldn’t impact current budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local leaders aren’t expecting next week’s special legislative session to impact current budgets but aren’t sure what it will mean for the future or tax revenue communities depend on each year. Clovis’ Community Development Director Claire Burroughes said the city is not anticipating any issues with existing state allocations. […]

Legislators say furloughs, reserve funds possible options for state budget deficit

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer There are plenty of budget questions when the New Mexico Legislature goes into a special session Oct. 17. But there aren’t easy answers, local legislators say. “No agency wants to be cut, no department wants to be cut,” Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said, “but we’re close to […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

CNJ staff The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning Monday […]