TRICARE fee increases blocked

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The last decision made by House-Senate conferees negotiating final details on a fiscal 2010 defense authorization bill was to insert language that will rollback an announced Oct. 1 increase in fees charged to TRICARE Standard beneficiaries for stays in civilian hospitals. The surprise fee increases, reported here last week, gave […]

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Xcel decreases proposed rate hike

Freedom New Mexico Xcel Energy still plans to seek a rate increase, just not as much as orginally planned. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves Tuesday said the company plans to revise a request filed with the New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission last December seeking a 6.2-percent rate increase. Reeves said Xcel and customers groups have […]

New Mexico shows improving achievement on latest education trust report

New Mexico students in grades 4 and 8 show significant increases in achievement from 1998 to 2007 on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), but the achievement gap stayed constant or did not change significantly, according to the Education Trust’s Education Watch report.

CCC increases tuition

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The cost of going to school at Clovis Community College will go up a buck starting in the summer. The CCC Board of Trustees approved a minimal tuition increase during Tuesday’s meeting. The cost of one credit hour rose from $29 to $30 for in-state students, while out-of-state students […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make […]

Democratic vision means tax increases

Freedom New Mexico The temptation is to dwell on the politics in Denver, where Democrats are trying to heal wounds and bring Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters into warm embrace and striving to normalize Barack Obama in the public’s mind. We will assess those successes or failures in the coming weeks.

Frail economy sign taxation has reached limit

By Freedom New Mexico For the second time in six years, President Bush proposed a tax rebate program to jump-start the economy. In fact, many analysts believe his plan actually comes too late. They fear people have gotten themselves so deep in debt that instead of using the money to buy stuff, which is the […]

City fee hikes suggested

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis wants to raise fees for city services to recoup costs incurred in providing them, according to city officials. The City Commission will vote Thursday on recommending fee increases for animal control, garbage, inspections, library and wastewater services, according to city documents. Recommended increases made […]

Federal workers see exponential wage increases

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. […]