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 […]

Meetings watch: City commission approves ‘wish list’ budget

The Clovis City Commission met Thursday night at the Clovis-Carver Public Library’s north annex. The following items were included in the consent agenda — items approved unanimously without discussion: • Recommendations from City Manager Joe Thomas for “wish list” budget changes for the fiscal year 2010 budget. From an available pool of about $673,000, Thomas […]

Budget adoption on commission agenda

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis City Commission meets 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Agenda items include: • A request for adoption of the budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. The budget is approximately $67.5 million, up from last year’s $59.8 million budget. Don Clifton, the city’s chief financial officer, […]

County commissioners approve $22 million budget

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission passed a near $22 million budget Tuesday amid concerns about the potential of tough financial times in the future. The budget is based on a projected revenue of $20 million for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, with shortfalls to be transferred from county reserves. More than […]

Editorial: Proposed laws threat to growth of Internet

Freedom New Mexico Thousands of revenue-hungry, budget-poor taxing agencies are turning their appetites to the Internet, where new business models generate big bucks, much of it beyond tax collectors’ reach. A host of proposals in statehouses and Congress to tax and regulate the Internet threaten to unleash a multitude of unintended, unpleasant consequences. These government […]

Meetings watch: Commission approves preliminary budget

This is a supplemental report on Thursday’s Clovis City Commission at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: • The city approved a preliminary 2009-10 budget of $35.68 million. The state requires a preliminary budget be sent before June 1. Don Clifton, the city’s finance director, said the preliminary total leaves out many items, including grant programs and […]

Post 9/11 GI Bill applicants rising

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration is taking steps to reconcile ambitious campaign promises with real world budget challenges on two key issues for veterans: advance funding for VA health care and expansion of concurrent receipt for disabled retirees. Some progress on both fronts is promised this year even if the administration and […]

ENMU regents approve $51.9 million budget

Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University’s Board of Regents approved a $51.9 million budget on Friday, about $5,000 less than the budget for the 2008-2009 school year. ENMU President Steven Gamble warned the budget will be

AF fiscal budget reflects rebalanced priorities

By Tech. Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs WASHINGTON — Air Force officials announced that its portion of the president’s fiscal 2010 budget reflects a balanced strategy to prevail in today’s joint fight and sustain air, space and cyberspace dominance. The two overarching principles guiding next year’s budget are rebalancing the […]

Editorial: Budget cuts at Congress’ disposal

Boy, oh boy, he sure sounded like the stern avatar of fiscal responsibility. “We can no longer afford to spend as if deficits do not matter and waste is not our problem,” President Obama said. “We can no longer afford to leave the hard choices for the next budget, the next administration — or the […]

Budget resolution spotlights health care reform, education, energy and other key domestic initiatives

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today voted to approve a budget blueprint for 2010 that invests in health care, education and green energy, while providing tax cuts for middle income Americans. The 2010 Budget Resolution provides Congress with a spending blueprint as the House and Senate gear up to write the bills that fund the ederal […]

Udall: Budget makes key investments to jumpstart U.S. economy

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today released the following statement regarding the Senate’s passage of a budget for Fiscal Year 2010: “The Senate’s budget moves America towards a future with more clean energy jobs, a quality education for all of our children and a health care system that works for all of us.

House budget makes fiscally responsible investments in energy, health care, and education

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ben Ray Luj

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Veterans cheer Obama’s budget

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist President Obama is drawing high praise from veterans’ service organizations for proposing a Department of Veterans Affairs budget that would exceed by $1.3 billion what even VSOs suggested be spent next year. No president before ever offered a VA spending plan that surpassed in size the “Independent Budget” presented to […]

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Udall to President: We must stop border violence

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-N.M., today sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to include in his budget “the highest levels of funding possible” to reduce violence along the U.S.—Mexico border.