Man accuses state of covering up bribery, kickbacks

By Steve Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican A man who is at the center of an ongoing whistle-blower lawsuit involving millions of dollars in lost state investments told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that the state is spending millions of dollars to cover up what he called “bribery and kickbacks.” Frank Foy, a former […]

CIDC director touting new “quality of life tax”

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Economic development dollars are available to New Mexico communities for industrial plants that bring in new economies. Chase Gentry and others across the state want those dollars to enhance what’s already there, as well. Gentry has been touting a “quality of life tax” at recent public meetings. It would […]

Some officials bit more frugal with tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico A story in Sunday’s newspaper detailed expense reports for six key government leaders in eastern New Mexico. The report covered 11 months and raised questions about how and why our appointed representatives spend our tax money. Why, for example, did Curry County Manager Lance Pyle spend more than $1,700 on food from […]

Bingaman bill would help strengthen Medicaid, save taxpayer dollars

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today renewed his effort to pass legislation that seeks to protect and strengthen Medicaid while saving taxpayer dollars. More than 50 million Americans rely on Medicaid, the federal-state funded health initiative for low-income individuals and families.

New mandates will only harm auto industry

Freedom New Mexico Even as Washington doles out tens of billions of dollars to rescue unprofitable Detroit automakers, President Barack Obama cleared the way Monday to impose billions of dollars of additional costs on the industry. He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider granting 14 states waivers to set their own more strict regulations […]

Banks owed no privacy when using tax dollars

Freedom New Mexico Can you imagine lending a relative several thousand dollars and then being told it’s none of your business whether that relative spent the money doing as promised (to pay off debts and get his fiscal house in order) or whether he blew the cash on fancy vacations and jewelry? Well, as The […]

Businesses anticipate wage raise

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Weston Clark takes the order of Clovis residents Robin and Mike Eberhardt Tuesday afternoon at the Portales Taco Box. By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico A $1 rise in the New Mexico minimum wage taking effect in about a week has local business owners scrambling to find ways to make […]

Taxpayer dollars don’t belong to automakers

Freedom New Mexico The Big Three U.S. automakers were busy at the political conventions of both major parties this year, lobbying for more gravy from the taxpayers. Specifically, they’re not satisfied with the $25 billion in low-interest loans Congress voted to grant them last year, ostensibly to help them develop new fuel-efficient cars and retool […]

More residents utilizing food banks and thrift stores

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Frances Vanderford of Clovis shops at the Goodwill store on Thursday. She said she frequently shops at Goodwill because she can buy more with her money there. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer To stretch her dollars, Frances Vanderford said she shops at the Goodwill thrift store about twice a […]

‘Bonus’ forfeits retirement dollars

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Thousands of military members entering their 15th year of service continue to be enticed by a wily government offer: a $30,000 bonus if they agree to take a deep and permanent cut in future retirement benefits. The offer, called a Career Status Bonus, takes advantage of service people who are […]