Failed spending cuts signal loss of realism

Freedom Newspapers The fading dream that this Congress might ever rise to a level of modest responsibility on spending took a big hit Thursday. House leaders were forced to pull a budget reconciliation bill that would have cut spending over the next five years by about $53.9 billion — a drop in the fiscal bucket. […]

Assistant superintendent aims to make step up

Editor’s note: This is the first of five interviews with the finalists for the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent position: Ladona Clayton is assistant superintendent for instruction of Clovis schools. Q: How is your experience as an assistant superintendent going to help you in the superintendent position? A: I’ve had vast experiences in the assistant superintendent […]

Proposed cuts concern teachers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Caturia Watson has taught art in Clovis schools for 26 years. With the recent news that Clovis schools may be seeking staff cuts through attrition to combat a projected budget shortfall, she worries the art department she worked so hard to build will suffer when she leaves. “Through the […]

Taxpayers should lobby for less spending

Freedom Newspapers We would like to say it’s shocking, but it really isn’t. As Brian Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said, “Congress’ natural inclination, regardless of party, is to spend money.” Still, it is disheartening that some of the first reactions to President Bush’s budget proposal were Republicans complaining that modest, […]

Federal taxes: Preserve cuts, pursue reforms

Freedom Newspapers We’re heartened that President Bush is determined to reform the nation’s complicated and maddening tax code. Since the election, he has continued to tout such reforms, such as at his Nov. 4 victory press conference. We can only encourage such moves. We believe there are two actions he should pursue. The first is […]

Corporate tax bill will be good for businesses, jobs

Freedom Newspapers Although it isn’t perfect, the corporate tax bill Congress passed earlier this month is a winner. It will aid business expansion and job creation. This is the best way to help companies — much preferred in our view to government subsidies and other pork-barrel spending on companies. (We say that with the caveat […]

U.S. in danger of losing already modest tax cuts

Freedom Newspapers T he House Budget Committee recently rejected legislation that would have prevented future tax cuts unless they are “paid for” by spending cuts or increases in other taxes. If the proposal had passed, it would have made it almost impossible to extend or make permanent the modest tax cuts the administration pushed through […]

House must halt any middle class tax increases

Editorial Y ou could pay more federal taxes next year, because of legislation enacted by the U.S. Senate last week. The new rule would make it much more difficult for President Bush to extend three of his tax cuts that are set to expire this year: the phase-out of the so-called marriage penalty; raising the […]

No one is safe when Legislature is in session

Freedom Newspaper During an election year, especially a presidential election year, Congress usually engages in more discussion and posturing than actual legislating — which is probably a blessing for beleaguered ordinary Americans. During election campaigns, the partisanship that is a normal feature in closely divided legislative bodies is heightened and intensified, and neither side wants […]

Democrats need to take sides with taxpayers

One of the things to look forward to in the new year is the potential for more federal tax cuts. President Bush is expected to push Congress to enact new savings programs that rely on tax breaks to lure participants, reported Monday’s Sacramento Bee. The president is also expected to push Congress to extend the […]

Partnership ‘beefs up’ business

By Jack King When Margaret George and her husband Jacob began preparing natural beef for themselves and a few friends four years ago, they had no idea it would turn into a business with outlets around eastern New Mexico. Today the Georges sell beef from their ranch near Trujillo, under the label “Living Waters Ranch,” […]

Tax cut not deep enough, but it will do – for now

President Bush’s tax cut should be just what the economy needs to get moving again. As passed by Congress, the plan to cut $350 billion over 10 years is less than half what the president originally called for. But it’s still a significant reduction in the burdens borne by citizens and businesses. The tax package’s […]