Their view: Republican budget example of class warfare

Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the House Republican budget proposal. The following is the statement of Ron Pollack, executive director of the consumer health organization Families USA, about that development:

Governor signs state budget, vetoes $2 million

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay for educators and state workers. Although signing the measure into law, the governor trimmed about $2 million — a tiny sliver […]

‘Hollow force’ concerns surfacing

The Congressional Research Service has a message for those who suggest planned defense budget cuts and military compensation curbs will return America to the “hollow force” era of the 1970s. Such references, in light of current force quality and the amount of money used to modernize weapons, infrastructure and benefit programs over the past decade, […]

Official: Base should do well despite cuts

Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base should survive military budget cuts in better shape than many other bases across the country, says Curry County Commissioner Caleb Chandler, fresh from a three-day conference with Air Force top brass. Chandler said Friday that he sees continued growth for Cannon because its […]

Their view: Senator: State should invest in growth

Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, offers his view on the state budget:

Legislative session to focus on budget

The Santa Fe New Mexican The 30-day session starting Tuesday focuses primarily on the state budget. The governor can also put other issues on the agenda. Among issues lawmakers are expected to consider when they gather in Santa Fe:

Local legislators share priorities

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Kevin Wilson The New Mexico Legislature begins noon Tuesday in Santa Fe. The Legislature has two different types of sessions. In odd years, the session runs 60 days and is full of legislation that encompasses nearly everything one could imagine. In even years like 2012, the session is 30 days long and is limited mostly […]

Cuts coming out of defense budget

The “super committee” that Congress and President Obama created in August to make tough budget choices and slow America’s runaway debt has left military people confused and divided over whether to cheer for its success or pray for its failure as its Thanksgiving deadline nears. Success will be achieved if seven of 12 lawmakers on […]

Their view: Cut foreign aid before cutting benefits

Karl D. Spence of Clovis offers his view of federal budget cuts.

ENMU Constitution Week ends with discussion panel

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Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University ended Constitution Week with their own Constitution Day as they held a discussion panel in the Campus Union Building Friday afternoon to discuss federal budget deficit and a new political topic being buzzed about, the Balanced Budget Amendment. “It is a hot topic issue right now,” ENMU faculty member […]

Debt Dilemma: Interactive media on the federal budget and deficit

Trim budget starts with ending wars

Freedom New Mexico As the U.S. Congress haggles over raising the debt ceiling, it needs to look behind the figures. Yes, the overall numbers are staggering. The U.S. government has run up so much debt that it soon will surpass the current legal debt limit of $14.3 trillion. That’s $14,300,000,000,000.00. The budget deficit for the […]

City officials give budget breakdown

The city of Portales 2011-2012 fiscal year budget involves about $8.12 million in expenditures and about $228,000 for a year-end balance. “Basically our budget this year was not much different than last year’s budget,” City Manager Tom Howell said. A 30-cents-an-hour pay raise for employees and increased fuel costs were the biggest increases, he said. […]

Budget cuts could come at troops’ expense

As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. But history tells us that Congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers […]

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Plans for dormitory put on hold

Liliana Castillo Building projects at 21 bases across the country have been put on hold due to the budget stalemate in Congress. The list includes Cannon Air Force Base’s 96-room dormitory project. The Air Force Times reported that the stalemate has locked the Air Force into last year’s spending amounts and prevented the start of […]

Senate needs to back House on recent votes

Freedom New Mexico In recent days and weeks, the House of Representatives approved four major pieces of legislation that, if they become law, could stagger the big government mindset responsible for massive deficits and draconian regulations. On three separate bills, the House overwhelmingly voted to prevent federal agencies from spending money to implement Obamacare, and […]

Budget plans raise TRICARE fees

President Obama’s fiscal 2012 defense budget request brought a few surprises for military retirees. First, the plan to raise TRICARE fees for working age retirees is more “modest” than retiree advocates had expected, and might be viewed favorably in light harsher possibilities and the mounting debt crisis. Surprise two could discourage 103,000 veterans forced by […]

Deceptive Obama budget still bloated

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s $3.7 trillion budget, the largest ever, at best temporarily would freeze, not reduce, federal spending, increase the deficit and the national debt to record highs while substantially raising taxes on large segments of the society. To say there’s not much to like is to grossly understate the case. “Americans […]

Proposed federal budget does not include Ute pipeline money

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico If Monday was any indication, 2012 might be a dry year for the Ute Water Project. President Barack Obama’s 2012 budget proposal, unveiled Monday, has no money set aside for the $500 million project, which would pump water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to members of the […]