Welcome to the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments website! FRONT PAGE NEWS - Updated April 13, 2016
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments is dedicated to assisting members in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties achieve their goals and visions by providing training, technical assistance, and access to resources.
Boutique Air Announces New Summer Schedule for Silver City
Carrier to offeer fares starting at $59 to Albuquerque, $79 to Phoenix
San Francisco (April 1, 2016)-Boutique Air released the summer schedule for flights from Grant County Airport (SVC) in Silver City, NM to Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) in Albuquerque, NM anf Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) in Phoenix, AZ. The new schedule is effective May 1, 2016.
"We are excited to release our new summer schedule today," said CEO Shawn Simpson. "While it continues to allow full day buisness trips in both directions between Silver City and Albuquerque, it also allows for customers more time to connect in Phoenix both in the morning outbound and later in the evening when returning to Silver City."
Boutique Air began operation in Silver City on January 5, 2015 and currently 99.6% flight reliability.
Boutique Air is an FAA-certified air carrier providing both air charter and schedule service. The airline is currently serves routes in Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, Tennessee, Goergia, and Utah. Reservation can be made online now by visiting www.boutiqueair.com or by phone at 1-855-268-8478.
Three Southwest New Mexico Municipalities Rank in the Top 10 Safest Communities to live in New Mexico
SafeWise a community-focused safety organization committed to increasing home and community safety, education, awareness, and preparedness that give priority to award law enforcement, neighborhood watch, and civic leaders who go the extra mile to keep their neighborhoods safe has ranked the top 20 safest communities in New Mexico. Three of which are in New Mexico's Bootheel giving more appeal to New Mexico's colorful, diverse, and artistic culture even more irrestible.
SafeWise reports that residents or visitor's chances of falling victim to a violent crime in any of New Mexico's safest cities is less than six per 1,000 people. This is especially impressive considering these cities range in population from just under 2,000 to more than 92,000 residents.
SafeWise identified the 20 safest cities in New Mexico by reviewing the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. SafeWise also eliminated all cities with fewer than 1,500 residents and any city that failed to submit a complete crime report.
House Budget Committee Approves FY2017 Budget Resolution
This week, the House Budget Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget resolution that holds to the discretionary spending caps included in Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. That budget deal includes a $30 billion increase for discretionary spending in FY2017. Some Republicans in Congress have objected to the higher discretionary spending limits, advocating for a FY2017 budget resolution that adheres to the caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The House budget resolution attempts to find middle ground by calling for legislation that would cut entitlement programs over two years to offset the higher discretionary limit.
The budget proposal includes a plan to balance the budget in 10 years by cutting the growth of Medicare and repealing the Affordable Care Act. The plan cuts $6.5 trillion in federal spending over a decade. The House Budget Committee approved the budget resolution by a vote of 20 to 16, with two Republicans joining all 14 Democrats in opposition. It is not clear whether House Republicans will be able to unite behind the proposal when it comes to the House floor.
Overtime Rule Sent to White House Office of Management and Budget; Overtime Legislation Introduced in Congress
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) sent its proposed rule (published in July 2015) on changes to the salary threshold for overtime exempt workers to the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review. OIRA reviews agency draft and proposed final regulatory actions before final regulations are issued. The final rule could be published as early as 30 days from now, though it is likely to take longer. Under current regulations – last updated in 2014 – employers are required to pay all eligible employees time-and-a-half for any hours they work in excess of 40 hours per week if they make less than $23,660 per year. The proposed rule would increase that salary threshold to $50,440 per year. Hourly workers would generally continue to receive overtime pay as they do under current rules.
On the legislative side, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R. 4773 and S. 2707) was introduced this week in the House and Senate. This legislation would prevent the current proposed rule from taking affect and require DOL to conduct a comprehensive economic analysis on the impact of mandatory overtime expansion to small businesses, nonprofits, and public employers before issuing a new proposed rule.
USDA Issues Notice of Reservation of FY2016 Program Funds for the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program
This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a notice identifying the programs within USDA-Rural Development from which funds will be reserved for Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) requirements.
Established under the 2014 Farm Bill, the SECD program allows USDA-RD to reserve up to 10 percent of funding appropriated to specific programs until June 30 of each fiscal year to fund projects that support the implementation of strategic economic and community development plans across multi-jurisdictional areas. The four Rural Development programs included under the program are: Community Facilities, Water and Environmental Programs, Rural Business Development Grants, and Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans.
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