Congress needs to stop playing with economy

W ill the deficit-cutting supercommittee raise taxes? That’s the question of the hour in Congress. President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress deftly have maneuvered Republicans into a corner. This shows — for starters — why Republicans were foolish to agree to setting up the supercommittee. It’s officially named the U.S. Congress Joint Select […]

Press release: Udall talks deficit reduction plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall talked with radio reporters today about President Obama’s deficit reduction plan. He also discussed his push to reinstate the Making Work Pay tax credit and theSenate’s effort to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance this week. For the audio, click here. Below is a timeline of Senator Udall’s remarks: 00:00 – […]

Zia to face Noon Optimist in state LL Majors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Los Alamos third baseman Kirk Peterson just misses the tag Saturday on Rio Rancho Sunset runner Zach Bravo during their first-round clash in the state Majors Little League tournament at Dickenson Field. CNJ staff Roswell Noon Optimist erased an eight-run deficit with 10 in the bottom of the fifth, then […]

Debt showdown: An interactive story on the federal budget (update)

Obama’s vision for America one of extortion

President Barack Obama blasted Republican budget reform proposals in his national address Wednesday and announced his plan for solving the budget deficit, which can be summarized as: Tax rich people because they should bear “a greater share of this burden.” Obama’s class-warfare rhetoric painted a portrait of two Americas, two competing ideologies and two visions […]

Lawmakers prepare to tackle budget deficit

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Kevin Wilson The phrase goes, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” The state budget shortfall will be covered by the New Mexico Legislature from Jan. 18 to March 19, because it must be by law. The way that gets done? We’ll see, veteran and rookie legislators say. “It’s going to be a tough show,” […]

AFSOC leads charge against ‘nature-deficit disorder’

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USAF photo: Staff Sgt. Stephanie Jacobs Kenny Hasbrouck, left, works on a team building activity with children at the outdoor classroom at the youth center in September at Hurlburt Field Fla. In November the classroom became the 29th Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation-certified Nature Explore classroom in the country. Hasbrouck is a […]

Rambelles overcome deficit to beat Zias

CNJ staff SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Camille Perkins scored 23 points and Angelo State rallied from a 10-point deficit late in the first half to beat Eastern New Mexico University 69-57 Saturday night in Lone Star Conference women’s basketball. The win keeps the Rambelles (12-12, 5-5 South) in the hunt for one of […]

Hounds earn split

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU senior Jerry Manning pitches to Southeastern Oklahoma junior Justin Miller during the opener of Friday’s Lone Star Conference baseball doubleheader at Greyhound Field. Freedom New Mexico Freshman center fielder Luis Quinones, starting the second game after preseason All-American Jereme Johnson suffered a leg injury in the opener, hit a […]

County projecting $600,000 budget deficit

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County is projecting a $600,000 deficit this year because of dropping tax revenue. But at $200,000 less than the budgeted deficit, it’s actually better than expected. A 5.4 percent drop in gross receipts taxes contributed to the deficit, Finance Manager Mark Lansford told commissioners Tuesday. Additionally, a loss […]

Lawmakers finalize deficit fix, adjourn session

The Associated Press SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers on Friday wrapped up their special legislative session, sending Gov. Bill Richardson a package of measures to repair a $650 million budget shortfall this year. “It isn’t pretty. It doesn’t solve the problem; we know that. But it’s a step forward,” Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, […]

Editorial: Challenging deficit comes too late for GOP

As much as President Barack Obama tries to blame his predecessor, he has to take some ownership of a careening federal deficit that apparently will reach $1.75 trillion this year. That jaw-dropping number came from Obama himself last week

Legislators talk with business leaders

By Bob Quick: The Santa Fe New Mexican With a budget deficit of more than half a billion dollars looming over the state, there’s a need to “keep an eye on what’s happening” in Santa Fe during this legislative session, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a Tuesday morning gathering of business leaders from around New […]

School board anticipates budget deficit

CNJ staff A combination of inflation and New Mexico’s state budget problems have the Clovis Municipal Schools projecting a nearly $700,000 deficit for the 2009-10 school year. Chief Financial Officer Jose Cano painted a broad, but sobering look to the school board Tuesday night regarding what to expect with cuts in state funding and spikes […]

Zias, Hounds fall at ENMU soccer pitch

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Freedom New Mexico: Liliana Castillo ENMU’s Artur Oliveira battles for possession of the ball with St. Mary’s Daniel Sanguineti during the second half of Friday’s match at the ENMU pitch. By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico Sixty-seven minutes seemed like plenty of time to try to make up a one-goal deficit, but Eastern New Mexico […]

Orediggers top ENMU in finale

CNJ statt PORTALES — Thanks primarily to Mike Deal, Colorado School of Mines ended Eastern New Mexico University’s school-record start on Sunday. Deal, the Oredigggers’ junior first baseman, slammed a pair of three-run homers and Mines held on to win a 16-12 slugfest at Greyhound Field, salvaging the finale of the teams’ four-game series. Senior […]

Tax system bears resemblance to slavery

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Let’s push back the frontiers of ignorance about the federal deficit. To simplify things, I’ll use round numbers that are fairly close to the actual numbers. The nation’s 2005 gross domestic product (GDP), what the American people produced, totaled $13 trillion. The federal government consumed $2.4 trillion, but it only […]

Superintendent’s performance reviewed

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members convened Tuesday evening to evaluate the performance of Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. It was the first formal evaluation of her performance since the board hired her in April. However, because the evaluation is a matter of personnel, it was conducted in a executive session […]

San Jon girls hang on late to post victory

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers DORA — In her first experience as a basketball coach, San Jon’s Kristi Cargile learned the game, like many other sports, can be one of inches. Danielle Lee led the visiting Lady Coyotes with 19 points, and San Jon held off a dominant performance from Dora senior Rana Terry for […]

Piggish spending habits bloating national deficit

Freedom Newspapers It might have been turkey season, but it was pork carved up in Washington, D.C., last month. And all pork, of course, is paid for by money taken forcibly from taxpayers. “Despite a record $413 billion deficit, the government spending plan Congress approved (on Nov. 20) that awaits President George W. Bush’s signature […]