People heat up Congress on Internet bills

“When I feel the heat, I see the light,” Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois fam`ously said. He died in 1969, just weeks before the first data packets were sent on ARPANET, the Pentagon-funded academic and research digital network that was a forerunner of the Internet. The senator’s remark certainly applied to events this month in […]

Press release: Bingaman talks education bills

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked to New Mexico radio reporters several bills he has introduced aimed at reforming America’s public schools by both raising academic standards and helping students achieve them. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman061311m.mp3 00:00 – Bingaman talks […]

Birther bills: Swing and a miss

Maybe I’ve been wrong. I’ve rhetorically asked before, why has President Obama not shown us his long-form birth certificate? Maybe there’s something embarrassing in that documentation. Maybe he was actually born somewhere else, and he’s thus ineligible to be president, as a growing portion of Republicans have convinced themselves. According to a CBS/New York Times […]

Bills impacting schools await governor’s signature

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Liliana Castillo There are more than 15 bills waiting for the Governor Susana Martinez’ signature that will affect local schools. Many will touch schools in a small way, such as changing a way something is reported or requiring schools to begin recycling. Others will have much bigger impact. Rep. Dennis Roch, also Texico assistant principal, […]

Bills offer solutions for keeping lottery scholarship afloat

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University student Rebeka Henson, who works at the Administration Building information office, said the Lottery Scholarship makes it affordable for her to attend college. Two bills in the state Senate are trying to keep the scholarship program solvent for a longer period of time. Argen Duncan State […]

English-only bills violate our freedoms

Freedom New Mexico Among the various bills offered in Washington and Texas are new efforts to force every U.S. resident to speak English. U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has pledged to file an English-only bill in Congress. Worse, similar bills already have been filed in the Texas Legislature. One Texas state representative has filed legislation […]

Gross receipts tax revenues up slightly

Kevin Wilson More money is always welcome when it comes to paying the bills at the city and county levels. But the upcoming state legislative session still looms. Revenues from gross receipts taxes (GRT) increased 2.6 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to totals released from the city. That follows a 1.99 percent drop from […]

Immigration enforcement not police’s job

With the 82nd Texas Legislature just a couple of weeks away, pre-filed anti-immigration bills already are piling up. Let’s hope that reason wins out and bad legislation is shuttled to the dustbin where it belongs. One such bill, filed last month by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, would require law enforcement officers to investigate the immigration […]

Tax planning enters crunch time

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Courtesy graphic Tax experts say there is still plenty of time to implement some tax-saving strategies before the end of the year. Pay bills early, make donations, install new windows — With about two and a half weeks remaining to the end of the year, it’s the last chance for tax planning. Taxpayers can still […]

County treasurer hoping to raise property tax awareness

Sharna Johnson The Curry County treasurer is hoping by sending tax bills to residents, home owners will review their property taxes and verify everything is in order. Bernice Baker said her office decided to send property owners a copy of their tax bill this year to help them stay informed about their obligation. Baker said […]