Legislative tidbits: Funding for elections

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Perry correct to question school funding

Freedom New Mexico Texas Gov. Rick Perry has gotten plenty of grief for rejecting federal “stimulus” money in the past year. Criticism over his latest “No thank you” has been particularly harsh, as it would have brought as much as $750 million for Texas public schools. The money is part of $4.35 billion in “economic […]

County road funding likely will be slashed

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Roosevelt County is facing state funding cuts that will limited it to repairing about half as many road surfaces as in past years. The issue came before the Roosevelt County Commissioners at their meeting Tuesday. In the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the county received about $432,000 from three Local […]

Press Release: Senate approves key NM military funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall reported that the Senate has approved legislation to fund key construction projects at New Mexico’s military installations.

Commission to OK fairgrounds arena funding

PNT Staff Report Roosevelt County commissioners are expected today to approve money for moving an existing building from Colorado to Portales, where it will serve as a new indoor arena at the fairgrounds. On the commissioners’ agenda is a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Finance and Administration and Roosevelt County concerning the arena. […]

ENMU braces for state funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he expects substantial cuts in legislative funding for the school during a special session in October. At Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting in the university Administration building, Gamble predicted ENMU would receive between a $1.2 million and $1.5 million less […]

Commissioners OK supplemental funding

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County Commissioners approved supplemental funding for the Roosevelt General Hospital during a special meeting Wednesday at the county courthouse. RGH Administrator James D’Agostino said with the supplemental sole community provider program, the county sends money to the state, which handles the paperwork, and the federal government provides a match. “The government […]

Airport funding on council agenda

PNT Staff Report The Portales City Council faces a light agenda Tuesday with money for airport services comprising of two of the four action items. The council will consider a resolution to submit an application for FAA funding at the airport. A separate item will ask the body to approve a bid for a building […]

ENMU Board of Reagents approve funding requests

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents has approved research and public service projects, while working to get money restored to the school from last year’s budget cuts. During their meeting Wednesday on campus, the board approved a request to submit a list of projects for the Legislature in January. Two […]

Water authority meeting focused on funding

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority meets from 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Ingram Room. This is the first meeting for the authority since the Ute Water Project was authorized and funded by Congress. The authority will oversee the construction and maintenance of a pipeline to deliver water […]

La Casa set to receive stimulus money

Freedom New Mexico More than a dozen jobs are coming to a local health care provider through stimulus funds. La Casa is about to receive $294,533 of the $4.9 million the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is releasing to 15 New Mexico health care centers in Increased Demand for Services (IDS) grant funding. […]

Legislature approves two capital outlay funding bills

Freedom New Mexico State lawmakers passed a pair of capital outlay financing bills Saturday during the last day of the 60-day session. One bill allocates almost $140 million for more than 70 projects across the state, while another bill reallocates funding from previously approved projects to new ones. Both bills go to Gov. Bill Richardson’s […]

Committee axes one source for public school funding formula

By John Sena: The New Mexican A proposed new public school funding formula took a hit on Thursday when a House committee killed a measure that would have funded it. The new formula itself was approved by the House Appropriations and Finance Committee, but will take affect only if legislation to fund it passes. House […]

Senate to vote on stimulus package

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico As Congress debates the size of an economic stimulus package aimed at creating jobs by funding “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, Clovis is working to get two projects ready for the bill, according to city officials. City Manager Joe Thomas said replacing the Hull Street overpass and improving the city’s wastewater […]

Advocates for developmentally disabled lobby for funding

By Dennis J. Carroll: The New Mexican Advocates and families of the developmentally disabled, in the midst of a Roundhouse lobbying push for funding vital to the well-being of those in their care, hope they aren’t just being “niced to death” by state lawmakers. “In the last three days we’ve heard nothing but a willingness […]

ENMU president expects funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s president predicts the school will be able to weather legislative funding cuts this year, but will have problems if decreases continue in subsequent years. At Monday’s board of regents meeting, President Steven Gamble said he anticipates a 5 percent funding cut all around in the […]

Defense bill includes Cannon funding

Staff and Wire Reports WASHINGTON — Troops would get a pay raise in a defense bill that Congress sent President Bush on Saturday. Even before passage, lawmakers had backed away from an election-season showdown with the administration over Iraq. Legislation approved by a voice vote in the Senate would increase pay by 3.9 percent, extend […]

House OKs Ute water funding

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico A bill authorizing federal funding for the Ute Water Project has passed what area officials call a major milestone. The House voted 301-124 Thursday to pass the bill authorizing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend $327 million on a project that would pipe water from the Ute Lake […]

Ute Pipeline funding bill reaches House

By Gabriel Monte, Freedom New Mexico Local and federal government officials are optimistic the U.S. House will pass a bill today authorizing $327 million in federal funding for the Ute Water Project. The House is scheduled to deliberate on the bill late in the afternoon, according to Sam Simon, a spokesman for U.S. Rep. Tom […]

Senate committee passes CAFB funding

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON – A supplemental spending package that includes funding for special operations aircraft tied to Cannon Air Force Base was approved Thursday by the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, which is primarily designed to support U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, also incorporates FY2009 supplemental “bridge” funding for combat operations. The […]