Local business briefs

• Local men chosen for leadership group

Clovis businessmen Blake Curtis, co-owner and manager of Curtis & Curtis Inc., and Wes Graham, chief executive officer of RE/MAX First Place Realtors Inc., have been selected to participate in a series of classes aimed at deepening their understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing New Mexico, according to a press release from Leadership New Mexico.
The men were selected from a large pool of applicants statewide to participate in the Leadership New Mexico 2005 core class.
Leadership New Mexico is a non-profit organization that identifies emerging leaders and helps them enhance and deepen their leadership skills.
Thirty-seven New Mexicans were selected for the 10-month program, according to Patty Komko, executive director of Leadership New Mexico.
The class sessions will cover topics like economic development, education, environment and natural resources, government, leadership and health and human services.

• Senator against dairy amendment

An amendment that would extend the Milk Income Loss Compensation (MILC) program was added Sept. 21 to the Fiscal Year 2005 Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and Independent Agencies Appropriations Bill, according to a press release distributed by U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s office.
“This is a bad amendment and wrong on so many levels,” Domenici is quoted as saying in the press release. “This creates a new and expensive dairy program that specifically does not allocate funding fairly.”
The amendment would extend the MILC program through the 2007 fiscal year and increase subsidies to smaller dairies in the Northeast and Midwest, according to the press release.

• Senator calling for ‘tax holiday’

New Mexico may soon have a “tax holiday” similar to Texas for back to school spending, according to a press release distributed by Sen. Leonard Lee Rawson, R-Las Cruces.
The plan, proposed by Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, will be incorporated into Gov. Bill Richardson’s tax proposal to be considered in the upcoming Legislative session. It will allow families to spend up to $2,500 tax free on back-to-school purchases made in August, according to the release.
“We think that is exciting news,” Rawson said. “We’re happy he’s (Richardson) joining us with these fiscally responsible efforts.”
A similar bill was struck down a few years back in the House Tax and Revenue Committee.
But Rawson said in a press release that this time there shouldn’t be much trouble getting the bill passed.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer David Irvin. He may be contacted at 763-3431, extension 317, or by e-mail: