Bill eases GI Bill shortfall for vets

As Congress moves closer to protecting veterans at private colleges in seven states from a sharp drop in Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, the Department of Veterans Affairs has softened its warning that the relief move will cause significant payment delays for many thousands of GI Bill users this fall. VA officials still see payment challenges […]

School board discusses budget shortfall

Liliana Castillo State budget cuts mean a $750,000 shortfall in next year’s budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools. The district’s Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano presented the breakdown of the 1.5 percent budget cut handed down by the state Legislature during Tuesday’s board of education meeting. Cano said the district will receive a 1.82 percent […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Childcare assistance cuts raising concerns

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis’ ABC Developmental Care Center Director Kisty Gartner said she is concerned about recent cuts to state childcare assistance and what it could mean down the road for working families who need help paying for childcare. Sharna Johnson Recent cuts in state childcare assistance money and the potential for more […]

Legislators warn of short funds

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Rep. Anna Crook, D-Clovis, talks about capital outlay during Friday’s Association of Commerce and Industry legislative breakfast. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer With a budget shortfall estimated as high as $454 million because of a slumping economy and lower-than-expected oil and natural gas prices, legislators told attendants at Friday’s […]

State tuition hike reaches CCC

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Students at the Clovis Community College will soon feel the effects of a statewide tuition hike. The Clovis Community College board of trustees voted Wednesday to increase tuition by 6.7 percent; an increase that translates to $3 more per credit hour. “It’s not something we wanted to do, it’s […]

Future reserves among county budget concerns

By Jack King Curry County commissoners will meet at 9 a.m. this morning in commissioners’ chambers in the Curry County Courthouse to consider a draft budget for fiscal year 2003-2004. Commissioners are dealing with an estimated shortfall of $318,745. County Manager Geneva Cooper said, under the proposed budget, the county will end next year with […]

County will discuss possible tax hike

By Jack_King@link.freedom.com Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is expected […]

City, railroad reach agreement

By Jack King Curry County is facing a projected budget shortfall that could reach as high as $400,000, County Manager Geneva Cooper said Monday. The amount of the shortfall between spending and revenue in the county’s 2003-04 budget has varied between $200,000 and $400,000 during the budget development process, Cooper said. The county commission is […]

County to consider tax hike

By Jack King Curry County is facing a $200,000 shortfall in its 2002 budget and may have to increase taxes to cover it, County Manager Geneva Cooper told the commission Tuesday. To cover the shortfall, the county could increase property taxes by 1 or 2 mils of value or increase gross receipts taxes by one-eighths […]