New changes in store for GI Bill

Veterans using the Post-9/11 GI bill will see their monthly living stipends stopped between fall and winter semesters, starting next year, and only full time students will continue to draw stipends at the 100 percent rate. Those two cost-saving changes, plus a new $17,500 nationwide cap on Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for students attending private [...]

Emissions cap would be disaster

By Anna Cook: Guest columnist It would be a grave mistake for New Mexico to impose the strict greenhouse gas emission cap that is being considered by the Environmental Improvement Board. The proposed cap, which would apply only in New Mexico, would set us apart not only from surrounding states but from every single state, [...]

Spill doesn’t substantiate cap and trade

The White House was more successful Wednesday forcing a private company — British Petroleum — to set up a $20 billion fund to pay for damage from the oil spill than it has been in stemming the flow of crude fouling the Gulf of Mexico and the coastlines of several states. Chances are BP stood [...]

Fixes proposed for contentious property tax law

By Phaedra Haywood: Santa Fe New Mexican What to do about “tax lightning” will be debated during the state Legislature’s upcoming session. Lawmakers, who convene Tuesday for a 30-day session, will consider various ways to fix a New Mexico property tax law that can cause a dramatic increase in a home’s taxable value when it [...]

Emissions bill would derail economic recovery

Freedom New Mexico A cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions and financially penalize businesses emitting them faces new opposition among moderate Senate Democrats, apparently worried about voter backlash in next year’s election. Cap-and-trade, along with sweeping changes in health care, are the Obama administration’s two principle initiatives, but polls already show more Americans oppose [...]

Hounds close season against first-year Cardinals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo ENMU defensive back Mark Patterson and a teammate drag down a Tarleton State receiver during a game last month. The Greyhounds finish the campaign tonight against Incarnate Word at Blackwater Draw. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Incarnate Word has had an inaugural football season worth remembering. Eastern New Mexico, [...]

Bill could raise utility costs

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local electricity providers expect customer costs to go up if a proposed federal cap-and-trade climate legislation passes the U.S. Senate without changes. This summer, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which has a number of provisions to limit carbon emissions [...]

Cap and trade bill polluted by politics

Freedom New Mexico The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a massive “cap and trade” bill today purportedly designed to address global warming — though they call it “climate change” now since the globe hasn’t warmed in the last few years — that will probably not be finished until minutes before voting begins. [...]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power [...]

Emissions cap will cost more than offer help

The Environmental Protection Agency soon will determine whether greenhouse gases endanger humanity and, if so, begin regulating their emission. We suspect it’s a foregone conclusion. President Barack Obama, in last week’s address to Congress, reiterated his campaign promise to impose greenhouse gas regulations that effectively would shut down coal-powered energy plants, conceding that “electricity rates [...]