Press release: USDA says MILC payments on way to dairy farmers

ALBUQUERQUE – Brenda Archuleta, Acting Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in New Mexico announced today that because of low dairy prices across the country, producers participating in USDA’s Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) program will soon begin to receive payments. “As a result of low dairy prices, we will soon begin distributing MILC […]

Payments coming from your pocket

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist It was as if President George Bush became Santa Claus. An MSNBC anchor announced the president signed into law a bill that extends unemployment compensation payments to jobless Americans and said, without flinching, this is “good news.” Only mainstream nonpartisan media can carry this off. For starters, extending […]

Stimulus payments being used for daily living costs

Staff and wire reports Many Americans allowed themselves to fantasize about large-screen TVs, bigger vacations and other luxuries when they learned of the federal rebates they’d be getting this spring and early summer. Or maybe they’d pay off a credit card or set the rebate aside for a big purchase in the future, notwithstanding Washington’s […]

IRS to begin mailing stimulus notices

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Don’t be alarmed. More than 130 million households will get letters from the Internal Revenue Service beginning next week and the news is good. The letters are part of an effort to ensure people do not miss out if they are eligible for a tax rebate check under the recently […]

Senate passes $286 billion farm bill

Staff and Wire reports WASHINGTON — The Senate on Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill with an election-year expansion of subsidies for growers and food stamps for the poor. The bill, passed on a 79-14 vote, expands subsidies for wheat, barley, oat, soybeans and several other crops and creates new grants for vegetable and […]

County taxes due today

By Jean Verlich: CNJ News Editor Today is the last day Curry County property owners can pay the second half of 2006 property taxes without interest or penalties. The first half was due Nov. 10 and taxpayers had until Dec. 10 to make on-time payments, many paying their taxes in full, according to Curry County […]

Retro pay reaches 31,000, averages $1,500

By Tom Philpott: Military Update Two months into a year-long review of pay records and disability compensation histories for 140,000 military retirees have produced a total of $45 million in back pay to 31,000 disabled retirees, say officials in charge. The lump-sum payments average about $1,500. Ten retirees have received more than $25,000 each, a […]

Back payments doled out to retirees

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A small group of disabled military retirees this month will be the first of 133,000 to receive lump-sum back payments, which are tied to start-up challenges for two “concurrent receipt” programs enacted since 2003. That’s according to officials with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS). The trickle of back […]

Military back pay cost will be shared

By Tom Philpott: Military update The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have worked out a plan for sharing the cost and the task of delivering about $500 million in back pay to more than 100,000 military retirees with VA rated disabilities. The retroactive payments are owed to nearly half of all recipients of Combat-Related […]

Market should determine prices

CNJ Editorial Have you ever found yourself in a situation that seemed like a good idea at one time and no longer does, but extricating yourself presents as many problems as the status quo? If so, you know how the federal government must feel as it tries to end its involvement in tobacco growing. Begun […]