Green jobs only produce fiscal black hole

Freedom New Mexico The faddish obsession with “green jobs” is being revealed as a massive waste of taxpayer money. Pipe dreams eventually are revealed for what they are — unrealistic, wishful thinking. It didn’t take long for Spain’s touted green-job revolution to be revealed as a financial disaster, siphoning taxpayer subsidies and destroying 2.2 real […]

Still too early to celebrate fiscal recovery

Freedom New Mexico Good news for a change, at least in California. California exports have been soaring. “The value of shipments in March totaled $13.95 billion, up 12.8 percent from $12.37 billion reported in March last year,” the Sacramento Bee reported, using figures from the U.S. Commerce Department. “The value of the dollar is down, […]

CCC board of trustees to discuss budget

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College board of trustees will hold its monthly meeting 8 a.m. today in room 512. The board plans to discuss a proposed budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, Higher Education Department Fiscal Watch Report for the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, a Labor Management Relations Board, the academic calendar and […]

Workforce board negotiating service contract

Argen Duncan Representatives of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board are negotiating a contract for fiscal and administrative services and renegotiating the lease for the Clovis One-Stop Career Center, according to information from the board’s meeting Tuesday in the Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. The board previously put out a request for proposals […]

Press release: N.M. Military Bases to See Growth in Fiscal Year 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today said he is very pleased that New Mexico’s three Air Force Bases are expected to see growth in fiscal year 2011. According to the Air Force’s Fiscal Year 2011 Force Structure Announcement unveiled today, Cannon Air Force Base is expected […]

Hard times spawn fiscal responsibility

Despite threats, grass in Colorado Springs parks will likely be green this summer. Sprinklers will chit-chit-chit and the children will play. You heard it here first. The late economist Milton Friedman taught us that “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” Someone pays, regardless of who consumes. Colorado Springs residents are learning there […]

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 […]

Fiscal crisis Mullen’s top concern

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Though he’s a warrior, not an economist, Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, ranks the financial crisis as a higher priority and greater risk to security than current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The scope of it is, to me, mind-boggling,” said Mullen in an interview with Military […]

Civic center revenue rises

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer City commissioners knew all along the Clovis Civic Center was not going to make money, at least not in the first few years. However, the good news is revenue is up 22 percent since the fiscal year started in July, according to Civic Center General Manager Neil McMullin. McMullin […]

Cannon measure proposed

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C-130s are among the planes expected to be assigned to Cannon after the Special Ops transition. (Courtesy photo) CNJ staff New Mexico congressional delegates Thursday called upon Senate and House Appropriations Committee leaders to fund construction projects for Cannon Air Force Base’s new Air Force Special Operations Command mission, according to a delegation press release. […]

CCC fall figures down

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Community College enrollment continued a downward descent in fall 2006, according to a CCC memorandum issued to CCC Board of Trustees. Enrollment in the 2006 fall semester declined 9.42 percent when compared with the 2005 fall semester, according to a state formula used to measure enrollment, the memorandum […]

New doctor recruitment method seeks to boost ranks

By Tom Philpott: Military update The number of medical students accepting Army and Navy scholarships has fallen sharply over the last two years, in part because of the mayhem in Iraq as depicted in daily news reports, say service medical leaders. A scholarship program the Army surgeon general calls “our lifeblood, over time, for recruiting […]

GOP sinking in fiscal woes sends an SOS

Freedom Newspapers I t may be too late for Republicans to restore their lost luster as the party of fiscal responsibility, at least in time to prevent a drubbing in the coming elections. But at least some of them are trying. A few senators are pushing the SOS bill, the Stop Overspending Act of 2006, […]

City approves preliminary 2007 budget

CNJ staff The Clovis City Commission approved a preliminary budget for the 2007 fiscal year of nearly $35.4 million at a special meeting Thursday. The preliminary budget does not yet include anticipated grant funding as well as such expenditures as the Clovis Civic Center. According to City Manager Joe Thomas, expenditures will likely increase about […]

Number of black recruits down sharply

By Tom Philpott :CNJ columnist The Army’s wartime recruiting challenge is aggravated by a sharp drop in black enlistments over the last four years, which internal Army and Defense Department polls trace to an unpopular war in Iraq and concerns among blacks with Bush administration policies. The Army strains to meet recruiting goals in part […]

Bush’s budget different from actual Fed budget

Freedom Newspapers Monday’s unveiling of the president’s $2.57 trillion budget was the official kickoff of the federal fiscal cycle, which begins each year with this solemn bit of Kabuki theater before rapidly descending into farce. Few Americans have the time or inclination to actually read the budget. But even those who just read news reports […]

Bush, Congress share fiscal irresponsibility

The Bush administration and Pentagon have taken a lot of heat, some of it probably deserved, for an alleged shortage of armored Humvees in Iraq. The issue came to a boil several weeks back, when Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was confronted by a G.I. on the issue during a widely seen press conference in Kuwait. […]

Candidate signs staying put

By Darrell Todd Maurina A county commission candidate wants to get the county’s road policy amended to make it easier for residents to see her campaign signs. Gloria Wicker asked the Curry County Commission on Wednesday to allow candidates to put signs in the right-of-way, which extends 30 feet from the center of county roads […]

Republican’s lack of frugal behavior a boon to Kerry

Freedom Newspapers That Democratic presidential challenger John Kerry last week tried to sell himself to the American people as a fiscally responsible moderate isn’t surprising. The same pose paid impressive political dividends for Bill Clinton and Al Gore, who not only appeared to break the tax and spend mold of most Democrats but even pledged […]

Mission funding placed on hold until elections

Freedom Newspapers en. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Tuesday he was simply describing the possible consequences of a possible shortfall or delay in funding next year for the U.S. military missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. The general was not questioning the judgment of Defense Secretary […]