Public salaries now averaging higher than private sector

Editorial An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — now […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Veteran compensation needs overhaul

By Tom Philpott: Military Update The Department of Veterans Affairs mismanages its program for rating disabled veterans as “unemployable,” according to a new report by congressional auditors. Because of weak oversight of Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits, some veterans get more compensation than warranted, and the VA is ineffective in moving seriously disabled veterans toward productive […]

Medicare prescription signups slow

By Sen. Pete Domenici: Guest Column The May 15 deadline for signing up for Medicare prescription drug benefits is quickly approaching and there are still thousands of New Mexicans, particularly low-income residents, who have not signed up. Because we built in extra compensations to help poor seniors, I strongly encourage them to act now to […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the […]

RGH employees pick new health plan

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County General Hospital Board members decided to go in a new direction for a health care plan for employees during Thursday’s board meeting. Members decided in favor of changing to a risk management plan similar to the health care plan state policemen, school employees and employees for Roosevelt County have, according […]

Governor looking to curve Medicaid spending

David Arkin Gov. Bill Richardson has proposed a 3.5 percent reduction in payments to providers of medical services in an effort to put a squeeze on Medicaid spending next fiscal year. Health care groups want Medicaid fully funded next year, saying cuts to the program would be devastating. Lawmakers realize they have some tough decisions […]