Discretionary funding needs reconsideration

For the past few years, Bernalillo County commissioners have had their own pots of public money to pretty much use as they like — as long as it’s spent in “the public interest.” However, unlike the normal appropriations process, each commissioner can dip into his or her $50,000 “discretionary” fund for pet projects or organizations […]

Officials: Ute water project may receive more funding

Freedom New Mexico Some more dollars may be flowing toward the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water System, with a $1.978 million federal allocation in President Obama’s 2013 budget. That money makes $2.978 million in commitments to the pipeline project, which would deliver water from the Ute Reservoir in Quay County to entities that make up […]

My turn: Education funding needs reform

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

Their view: Job creation shouldn’t rely on government funding

Bill Gunderson, host of “Positively Wall Street,” writes about job creation:

Their view: Schools should be priority for funding

Sen. Pete Campos. D-Las Vegas, offers his view on education.

New fire protection gear to be purchased for road department

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Road Department will soon be fighting fires in new personal protection gear. The Roosevelt County Commission recently approved funding to purchase 15 wildland suits at about $325 a piece. “These guys go out there and they’re very critical to helping with grass fires, and they’re not very well protected,” Roosevelt […]

Sport funding act full of hooey

Martha Burk is to women’s rights issues what Friday night football is to high school athletics. Martha slugs it out in the heavyweight division of advocacy. She disagrees with a column here that criticized a New Mexico law making private booster donations part of the total benefits pie for high school athletics. Former Lt. Gov. […]

Cannon funding bill passes Senate

Cannon Connections staff A spending bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday contains millions in funding for military construction projects at Cannon Air Force base and other installations around New Mexico, according to a news release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The bill invests $215 million in construction at bases around the state, each project being […]

Funding crucial to military operations

John Garcia, a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, is a former secretary of the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services. Here are his views on Congress’ potentially cutting military funding: