EPCOG approves budgets, cuts staff

By Robin Fornoff: FNM content editor The Eastern Plains Council of Governments cut almost a third of its staff Wednesday while approving a significantly reduced budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The EPCOG board approved the $1.9 million budget at its annual meeting held at Leal’s Mexican Food Restaurant. It’s a $3.5 million bottom-line reduction […]

Road department faces budget shortfall

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Budget shortfalls from the state have the Roosevelt County Road Department struggling to maintain or upgrade county roads, Department Supervisor Ricky Lovato said Tuesday. Lovato told commissioners he has already cut back on vehicle maintenance and fuel to help save money. “They cut us again,” Lovato said. “I would […]

Ingle: More data needed to pass budget

Staff and wire reports Even by postponing the special session till Monday, the state Senate minority leader says the governor is still asking the Legislature to guess at a budget. Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson moved the start of the special session, originally planned for today, to next week in response to requests from legislators. Sen. […]

Analysis: Budget takes backseat to memorials, whistleblower bill

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican So what did taxpayers get for the $4.87 million 30-day budget session of the state Legislature? Well, one thing we didn’t get was a budget for state government. Because the state Senate and House couldn’t agree on a budget plan, Gov. Bill Richardson said he’ll call a special session […]

Special session in store

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The New Mexico Legislature adjourned Thursday without a plan on how to finance public schools and state government in the coming year, marking the first time in 26 years that lawmakers finished a regular session without reaching a budget deal. Shortly after lawmakers wrapped up their 30-day session, Gov. […]

Special interests keep expanding defense budget

Freedom New Mexico One thing you can say about the defense budget presented as part of President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget — it’s marginally more honest than some previous budgets. In years past Defense secretaries have pretended the costs of waging active wars are separate from the “baseline” military budget and have not […]

Press release: Bingaman says president’s budget proposal invests in NM. military bases

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he believes President Obama’s budget proposal for next year makes the right investments in New Mexico’s military installations. The president today unveiled his 2011 budget, which Congress will use as a blueprint for the spending bills it will pass later this year to fund the federal government. […]

Hospital board to vote on quarterly budget

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board is schedule to vote on the hospital’s quarterly budget and hear an audit report by J.W. Anderson Representatives during their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the hospital. In addition, the board is to hear from new Administrator Larry Leaming for the CEO’s report and discussion […]

Balancing budget tops legislative session

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico With the state expecting a budget shortfall of at least $600 million for 2010, the priority for the New Mexico Legislature is to fund what’s essential and cut what’s not essential. The 2010 regular session starts Tuesday in Santa Fe and lawmakers have 30 days to agree on what […]

Budget cuts, tax hikes on horizon

By Steve Terrell and Kate Nash: The New Mexican There’s a mountain of need in New Mexico. The problem is, there’s only a molehill of money to meet those needs. The state faces a projected budget deficit of $600 million or more next year. This is what the Legislature is up against when New Mexico’s […]