Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]

Social security cuts worry local seniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Douglas Smithers, president of the Clovis AARP chapter, said he thinks a one time $250 payment to seniors will help ease the pain of no cost of living adjustment next year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thursday’s announcement by the Social Security Administration that there will be no cost […]

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 […]

ENMU braces for state funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he expects substantial cuts in legislative funding for the school during a special session in October. At Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting in the university Administration building, Gamble predicted ENMU would receive between a $1.2 million and $1.5 million less […]

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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CNJ Photo: Tony Bullocks Cummins Natural Gas Engine has a 40-year history with Clovis. The company laid off 16 employees last week because of economic hardship. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned […]

County cuts ribbon on Special Events Center

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Commission Chair, J. Albin Smith gave thanks to the taxpayers of Curry County Monday, during the Special Events Center Open House/Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Smith also gave the history of the Special Event Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After more than a decade of planning and more […]

Democrat’s tax reform just a way to soak the rich

Freedom New Mexico Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called […]

Hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

School board approves tight budget

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A frugal budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools was approved unanimously Tuesday by school board members. The roughly $50 million budget fell short of the needs of the 18-school district by about $1.4 million, according to Clovis Schools administrators. Compensation came largely in the form of staff cuts. Fifteen […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Capital outlay cuts strike CCC, Clovis schools

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some budget and capital outlay measures squashed by Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday have sent ripples through Clovis. His capital outlay cuts totaled about $1.7 million in Clovis and Curry County. The governor vetoed $60 million for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities across the state. He also pulled […]

Tax increases no solution to budget deficit

Freedom Newspapers Federal deficits finally are getting action in Washington this year. President Bush attacked them in his State of the Union speech Jan. 31, calling for spending restraint. And Democrats are upset that President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts supposedly are not producing enough revenue and will mandate spending cuts in favored programs. “Democrats will […]

General Motors’ job cuts painful but necessary

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]

Failed spending cuts signal loss of realism

Freedom Newspapers The fading dream that this Congress might ever rise to a level of modest responsibility on spending took a big hit Thursday. House leaders were forced to pull a budget reconciliation bill that would have cut spending over the next five years by about $53.9 billion — a drop in the fiscal bucket. […]

Assistant superintendent aims to make step up

Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent position: Ladona Clayton is assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools. Q: How is your experience as an assistant superintendent going to help you in the superintendent position? A: I’ve had vast experiences in the assistant superintendent […]

Proposed cuts concern teachers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Caturia Watson has taught art in Clovis schools for 26 years. With the recent news that Clovis schools may be seeking staff cuts through attrition to combat a projected budget shortfall, she worries the art department she worked so hard to build will suffer when she leaves. “Through the […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]

Federal taxes: Preserve cuts, pursue reforms

Freedom Newspapers We’re heartened that President Bush is determined to reform the nation’s complicated and maddening tax code. Since the election, he has continued to tout such reforms, such as at his Nov. 4 victory press conference. We can only encourage such moves. We believe there are two actions he should pursue. The first is […]

Corporate tax bill will be good for businesses, jobs

Freedom Newspapers Although it isn’t perfect, the corporate tax bill Congress passed earlier this month is a winner. It will aid business expansion and job creation. This is the best way to help companies — much preferred in our view to government subsidies and other pork-barrel spending on companies. (We say that with the caveat […]

U.S. in danger of losing already modest tax cuts

Freedom Newspapers T he House Budget Committee recently rejected legislation that would have prevented future tax cuts unless they are “paid for” by spending cuts or increases in other taxes. If the proposal had passed, it would have made it almost impossible to extend or make permanent the modest tax cuts the administration pushed through […]