Tribal budget signed, but president uses veto

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed the tribe’s fiscal year 2016 comprehensive budget on Wednesday, according to the Office of the Speaker.
Begaye used his line-item veto to eliminate carryovers — money that was not spent from the last fiscal year's appropriations — that were approved by the Navajo Nation Council during the Sept. 22 special session.
Begaye wrote in his veto message to Speaker LoRenzo Bates and the delegates that he consulted with division personnel before exercising his line-item veto authority.
The line-item veto authority for budget items is not subject to override by the council, according to tribal law.
The tribe’s fiscal year starts on Thursday.

Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye, speaks on Sept. 8 during a visit to Shiprock High School.