Presidents Budget a Good Start
President Obama has delivered his budget proposal to Congress and after an initial review of the administration's recommendations, I believe this budget is a good start for New Mexico and the nation. Our budget must work in a fiscally responsible manner to create jobs around the country and improve the lives of working families.
Here are some of the highlights:
Department of Energy
- A $393 million budget increase for Los Alamos National Labs, bringing the requested total for the lab to $2.217 billion.
- A $364 million increase for Sandia National Labs, bringing the requested total to $1.49 billion.
Department of Defense
- $150.2 million to Cannon Air Force Base, including $14 million for a new 96-room dormitory and more than $39.6 million for a new Special Operations Forces Operations and Training Complex.
- Nearly $38 million to Holloman Air Force Base for maintenance facilities.
- $24.4 million to Kirtland Air Force Base for new and existing facilities.
- Almost $52 million for White Sands Missile Range, including $29 million for base barracks and $22.9 million for TRICARE Health and Dental Clinics.
- $8.5 million for the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Farmington.
- $11.4 million for the Army Reserves in Las Cruces.
Department of Veterans Affairs
- The Department of Veterans Affairs in New Mexico would see its budget raised to $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2011, up from $927 million last year.
Department of Agriculture
- United States Department of Agriculture would also see a $14 billion increase, bringing its total budget to almost $150 billion.
- The added funding would help meet demands in programs like the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which are seeing record high participation.