12-23 Business digest

CNJ staff USDA opens public comment to regulation changes The U.S. Department of Agriculture started accepting public comment Monday on a new regulation changing adjusted gross income qualifications for disaster and commodity programs, according to a USDA press release. Changes include reducing qualifications for disaster and commodity programs from an adjusted gross income of $2.5 […]

Better to be Shott than Nott

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I got my dratted Federal Income Tax form in the mail the other day, as did millions of others. It reminded me of what someone said: “This is a country of faith. On the installment plan you can buy what you can’t afford. On the stock market you can sell […]

Bingaman: $1.7 million to help New Mexico low-income families weatherize homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and resistant to extreme heating and cooling costs. “Weatherizing is a great way to cut energy costs. But many families […]

City receives grant to repave streets in south Clovis

CNJ Staff The city received about $350,000 Tuesday from the state to repave several streets in the south Clovis area, according to a city press release. The city applied for the Community Block Grant to fund street improvements for low-income residential areas. Public works director Harry Wang said the city hoped to get about $500,000 […]

PNM offers low-income a plan to help with rising costs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico is offering a payment plan to help low-income customers with winter utility bills that will be due after March 15. That date marks the end of a program that protects people from having their bills cut off in the winter. The payment plan is […]

Governor signs property tax break for low income seniors

The Associated Press SANTA FE — More New Mexicans can qualify for a property tax break under legislation signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson. The measures expands eligibility for a property tax valuation freeze provided to lower income New Mexicans age 65 and older. Currently, those with a modified gross income of $18,000 — […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Rural home loans available

Federal Government Funding Available For Home Loans in Rural New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, January 14, 2008 – USDA Rural Development State Director Ryan Gleason reminded rural New Mexicans that the agency he leads has financing for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (GRH) and other housing programs. In making the announcement, Gleason said, “While […]

Business Feature: Tax deductions often overlooked

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tax forms are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Filing federal and state taxes gets more complicated every year, experts say. This year is no exception, with several changes for filing federal and state income tax. “Unless you keep up with the law, you […]

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico needs volunteers to sort canned goods, label and pack boxes; for office help and clerical work; and for warehouse work. The food bank provides wholesome, nutritious foods to agencies that feed or provide food to the ill, infants and elderly that are at 80 percent or below low […]

Tax help volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help provide free tax help for simple returns to low and moderate income families and for senior citizens. Volunteers must want to learn about tax filing and be willing to work at least 20 hours per week from February through April. Volunteers will be trained and certified in January. Tax help […]

Permanent fix needed to right unfair tax law

By Freedom New Mexico Before adjourning for the holidays, Congress finally approved yet another one-year fix to the unconscionable Alternative Minimum Tax. Otherwise it would have forced some 20 million middle-class Americans to do more complex calculations and pay higher taxes. Too bad Congress didn’t just repeal this unjustified tax. A brief history: Back in […]

Alternative tax problem needs permanent fix

By Freedom Newspapers According to the New York Times, “House Democratic leaders, in an effort to upstage Republicans on the issue of tax cuts, are preparing legislation that would permanently shield all but the very richest taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, which is likely to affect tens of millions of families as early as […]

Medical bus on way

CNJ Staff Twenty-one percent of New Mexicans are without health insurance, according to the Web site www.statehealthfacts.org. But, help is on the way. The “Help is Here Express,” a national bus tour sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies that helps low-income people find programs that provide prescription medicines for free or nearly free, will be […]

Late fee waived for Medicare Part D

CNJ Staff Low-income Medicare beneficiaries in New Mexico who are not getting federal prescription drug benefits can still apply for prescription coverage without a late fee, according to a news release from U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M. The Department of Health and Human Services has eliminated 2007 Medicare Part D late enrollment penalties for low-income […]

Tithing may alleviate federal spending

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist Last year, talk-show host Neal Boortz and Congressman John Linder co-authored “The FairTax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS.” It turned out to be a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller. In 2005, the Fair Tax bill was introduced in both the U.S. House of […]

Nov. 8, 2006 Local Briefs

CNJ Staff No injuries reported in morning shooting No injuries were reported in an early-morning shooting Tuesday at a house in the 800 block of Calhoun Street that left holes in a front window, TV, adjacent wall and door, according to police reports. Police responded to a call of shots fired shortly after midnight and […]

Military personnel eyeing proposed tax breaks

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A proposal by Gov. Bill Richardson that would offer income tax breaks to military members and retirees is good news to some Clovis residents. Active-duty military personnel who are New Mexico residents, under the proposal, would not be required to pay state income tax on their federal salaries, and […]

Hunger hits home

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Leon Sweat, left, and Joe Taylor load a truck with donations for a Clovis resident at the Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer The number of people visiting food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters is growing, according to the executive director of the Food […]

Discrimination unavoidable fact of life

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist There’s so much confusion and emotionalism about discrimination that I thought I’d take a stab at a dispassionate analysis. Discrimination is simply the act of choice. When we choose Bordeaux wine, we discriminate against Burgundy wine. When I married Mrs. Williams, I discriminated against other women. Even though I occasionally […]