Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Wednesday morning briefing: Snow’s coming and time to pay up

Good morning and welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Wednesday briefing. Heart jumping If you pledged money for Jump Rope for Heart…it’s due today. Several Clovis elementary schools are participating in the fundraiser as part of American Heart Month. Students participating in the fundraiser find sponsors to pledge payment for jump time. Zia students jump Friday; […]

Tough questions during pay review

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Should military pilots who have been reassigned from cockpits to ground-based computer consoles to fly remotely piloted vehicles continue to draw the same flight pay as pilots who still fly jets and helicopters? Should reserve component personnel on lengthy overseas assignments in locales like Germany continue to draw the same […]

Poor economy boosting recruitment

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Middle-class American youth are entering the military in significant numbers today, drawn by more competitive pay, a battered civilian job market and the buzz surrounding an improved GI Bill education benefit. The Department of Defense announced earlier this month that for the first time since the draft ended and the […]

Mesalands president suspended

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Mesalands Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday suspended President Phillip O. Barry without pay. Board members met in executive session in response to allegations Barry was driving under the influence of liquor or drugs last week in Albuquerque. Court records show Barry was charged with DUI on Friday. […]

VA not ready to back disabled pay

By Tom Philpott: Military update Monthly compensation the Department of Veterans Affairs pays to veterans with service-connected disabilities is intended to replace average earnings loss due to injuries or ailments. But should VA also pay disabled veterans something extra for diminished quality of life? Two prominent commissions in 2007 said it should. Last week, however, […]

Obama has no regard for principles

By Tibor Machan: Freedom New Mexico columnist By now few who pay attention can have missed President Obama’s enthusiastic embrace of pragmatism, especially when it comes to the administration’s economic policies. Nor is it a secret that nothing much the president is proposing seems to be working. But if one understands pragmatism at its most […]

Commissioners approve county manager pay raise

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Roosevelt County Commissioners have given the county manager a 4 percent pay raise, citing her performance and experience as the reasons. The commission voted unanimously, with Commissioner Jake Lopez absent, for Charlene Hardin’s pay increase after a closed session at their meeting Tuesday in the County Courthouse. “She deserved […]

Congress limited in helping military

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist For the last eight years, lawmakers have loaded annual defense authorization bills with new pay and benefit initiatives to support troops and their families and to show the nation’s appreciation. This year’s defense bills — both the version passed by the House, and the Senate bill to be debated on […]

Freedom Communication announces pay cuts

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications, Inc. announced a five percent across-the-board

Another gaffe in retro pay project

By Tom Philpott: Syndicated columnist As many as 39,000 disabled military retirees have been left out of the VA Retro Pay program by mistake, say officials at the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) who are calculating the amount of money owed. This latest and perhaps most serious gaffe in the problem-plagued VA Retro Pay […]

Disabled severance pay adjusted

By Tom Philpott A few hard-nosed choices by the Bush administration in implementing laws to help disabled service members are being rolled back under congressional pressure and a new team of Pentagon policymakers. One regulation change soon to take effect will allow more disability severance pay recipients to keep those lump sum payments without worry […]

Capping pay would further mar economy

President Barack Obama has announced a cap of $500,000 a year on the pay of senior executives at distressed financial institutions that receive bailout money deemed “exceptional assistance” from the taxpayers via the federal government. This is an understandable move considering the circumstances, but it carries some dangers. One can understand the populist impulse behind […]

State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican State-employee union members are counting their blessings that New Mexico hasn’t seen layoffs and furloughs of government workers like so many other states this year. As a nod to the tough economic times, they’ve agreed to take a zero percent pay raise through the end of the 2010 fiscal […]

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

City seeks county help on improvements

By Argen Duncan: PNT Staff Writer The Portales City Council is waiting to see if Roosevelt County will help pay for courthouse square improvements before awarding or rejecting the sole bid on the project. The construction bid from K. Barnett & Sons Inc. of $719,000 was almost $178,000 more than the city’s available funds. “The […]

Candidates speak at business luncheon

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry President Business Beverlee McClure said Wednesday New Mexico business owners should pay attention to the election. With more than 100 seats up for election in the state legislature and other governing agencies, voters will elect state officials responsible for establishing regulation and policies affecting […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: PNT columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

Sanchez takes 7th in tourney, clubs pay price

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A broken driver on the first day didn’t stop him, and a broken three-wood on the last day certainly didn’t stop him. Portales Ram golfer Donavin Sanchez pushed through the two unlucky events, and took seventh place in the 2008 Texas Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament this week in Wichita […]